One of our favorite artists (and employees!), Shayna was kind enough to answer a few questions about her art, living in Maine, and which Loyal Citizen designs are her personal favorites.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
SB - I take all of my ideas for subject matter from nature. I was a printmaking major at MECA (Maine College of Art) and stylistically I'm interested in Art Nouveau, botanical illustration, and centuries old copper etchings and wood engravings.
Do you approach designing t-shirts differently than fine art drawing? How?
SB - I simplify and edit out extra detail when I'm designing for a t-shirt. What looks good on paper/as a drawing sometimes gets muddled when it's translated to fabric.
What's your favorite part about living in Portland, ME?
SB - Being right in the middle of all the amazing restaurants and breweries!
What's your favorite design you've made for Loyal Citizen?
My favorite design is still the Octopus. I drew him (Mr. Kraken) last year, and I've drawn a lot of new stuff for Loyal Citizen since then, but Mr. Kraken is still my favorite. He's very dynamic and the shape fits perfectly on a t-shirt.