We’re back with another artist interview! In my humble opinion we don’t have nearly enough Nerdy girls, let alone woman who design awesome Nerd art. Slowly, but surely though, we are discovering some amazing talent. Case in point, Karen Hallion. When I first saw her work, I was amazed at the intricacies and detail she was able to capture on a T-shirt. For lack of a better description, she literally transposed canvas artwork onto a cotton medium for us to proudly wear in public. Try that with a Picasso! So without further ado, Karen has a go at some of the toughest questions known to Nerds everywhere!
Nerdlocker (NL): Tell us about yourself.
Karen Hallion (KH): I am from a small town in Massachustts just north of Boston called Nahant. I went to Ringling School of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA in Illustration. Up until a few years ago, I was an elementary school art teacher. Now I am working full-time as an artist. I live with my husband and two small sons who we are raising to be well-versed in all of Geekdom.
I currently live in Swampscott, MA with my husband Matt, my sons Ryan and James, and our dog Tolkien.
NL: Being from Massachusettes, do you have a thick accent?
KH: Haha…no, not really. My parents do, but mine is very slight.
NL: Where do you find inspiration and what are some of your influences?
KH: I originally wanted to work for Disney as an animator, so my work tends to reflect that. I am influenced by the amazing work of Glen Keane, Audrey Kawasaki, and Alphonse Mucha. I also speak fluent Star Wars, Firefly, Buffy, Harry Potter and Steampunk. Really, I just draw what I love.
NL: Who are some of your favorite artists?
KH: So many! Like I said, Glen Keane, Audrey Kawasaki, and Alphonse Mucha. Also, Ian Leino, Matt Parsons, Chris McVeigh, Megan Lara, Winter Artwork, Captain Ribman, Loish, Mike Greenholt, James Hance, Charles Dana Gibson, Katie Cook, Bamboota, Kari Fry, Daniela Uhlig, Tim Schumate, Jublin….I could name at least 25 more.
NL: What posters/art do you have on display in your house?
KH: We have a lot that is stored because we don’t have the money to have them framed, but some things we do have hanging up is a print of Mucha’s La Dame Aux Camelias and an awesome large poster of the wicked witch from Disney’s Snow White. Also, a large oil painting a friend of mine did of a stone angel. Though, I just recently started watching Doctor Who and that makes me rethink having that hanging in my house.
NL: When you’re walking around in public, what t-shirt designs of your own and other designers do you wear?
KH: Not a ton right now, because I had a baby a year and a half ago and still have to lose some baby weight. But I have a shirt by Matt Parsons I got from Nowhere Bad, it’s “Battle of the Planets” design, and it fits me well and I LOVE it.
NL: Star Wars or Star Trek? Why?
KH: That’s a loaded question, but I am more of a Star Wars fan than a Trekkie. Don’t get me wrong, I do love Star Trek, but Star Wars is in my blood.
NL: What do you do in your free time?
KH: With two kids and an illustration/design business that I am trying to keep running, I don’t have any free time anymore. BUT when I do try to make myself slow down, I read a lot, I play Mario Kart with my oldest son,, and I try to play poker once a month when we can arrange it.
NL: What is your favorite movie?
KH: This is so dorky, but I saw the Little Mermaid in the theatres when I was sixteen, and that was when I decided I wanted to be an artist. I could list off hundreds of movies I love, but that one will always be my ultimate favorite,
NL: What is your favorite video game?
KH: I love Resident Evil: Code Veronica. I used to play that with my brother in our parent’s basement room, and there was a dark doorway to the left of the TV screen that led to the furnace. And every hour or so, the furnace would make a big, loud, creepy noise. And it was just awesome.
NL: What is your favorite comic book or comic book character?
KH: Wonder Woman. She’s just awesome. And I used to have Wonder Woman underoos.
NL: To quote George Takei, “Oh my!”
Thank you Karen! We absolutely love your unique Nerdy designs and cannot wait to see what else you have up your sleeves! Speaking of which, check out our friends over at TeeFury on Thursday, June 27, 2012. Here’s a sneak preview of that design.
To see more of her artwork, or better yet, purchase some of her designs, check out her websites.
And of course stay tuned to Nerdlocker.com as we plan on promoting everything Karen does, including a free giveaway coming soon!