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Shayla Sackinger
Shayla Sackinger
Freelance Illustrator
Fairbanks, United States

My work is inspired by the things around me. Growing up in nature with pet chickens, it is no wonder that those are the subjects that appear the most in my work. Combine that with personal interests like video games and storytelling and that is my work in a nutshell. I do most of my work in traditional ink and watercolor medium, but I also work in other mediums like oils and photoshop. I knew I wanted to be an artist back in 2011, but my work wasn’t focused and I had no idea what I wanted to do. In the summer of 2015 I started studying art at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and that got me on track to where my art is today. Learning from the professors helped me figure out what I like to draw, what mediums I want to use, and also what I want to do in the future. By 2018 I had taken classes from each professor and I felt the need to broaden my perspective on art. I decided to study abroad in Tokyo, Japan for 1 year and it helped me grow not only as an artist, but as a person too. I met many people and I developed an interest in creating and illustrating my own stories. That is where I am currently. I have finally graduated with a Bachelor’s in Art and Japanese Studies and I am currently working as a part-time graphic designer. Looking to the future, I am only certain that I want to one day be a part of the teams that create the video games and movies that inspired me. I know I have a lot of portfolio building ahead of me, but I am determined to make art my career and make a living off it.

Skills

Concept ArtIllustrationComic ArtTraditional ArtBirds

Software proficiency

Illustrator
Illustrator
Photoshop
Photoshop
InDesign
InDesign

Experience

  • Graphic Designer at University Of Alaska Fairbanks
    Fairbanks
    February 2020 - Present