Shana's Artist: Marika Paz
Hi Marika! Tell us a little bit about you.
You have such a unique style mixing magic and folklore with animals. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Have you always drawn magical creatures? Do you have a favorite animal you enjoy drawing?
I have! I grew up drawing animals constantly. I do have a particular fondness for foxes.
What was the first type of "art" you made (paintings, digital art, pins, etc)?
I have been drawing all my life. When I was in Elementary school it was crayons and colored pencils and I drew lots of animals. In High School I mostly used prisma colored pencils and art markers and drew a lot of anime. In College I started using watercolor, gouache and ink and drawing more in my own style, which keeps developing and changing. It wasn't until the last couple of years that I started to paint digitally more (I use proctreat on an ipad pro). I started making art prints way back in around 2010 when I bought my first large format archival printer and it was probably around 2016 that I started venturing into more products slowly adding greeting cards, stickers, pins, and more.
Do you have any pets?
What's something that most people don't know about you?
I'm really good at DDR ( Dance Dance Revolution) and puzzle games, like Tetris and Dr. Mario.