I’m Angie, and I’m a freelance artist. I graduated from Arcadia University with a B.A. in Scientific Illustration, but my artistic pursuits go well beyond my major. In addition to scientific art, I love creating many different kinds of illustrations and drawings, both digitally and traditionally. In addition to illustration, I do portraiture, sculpture, graphic design, and a great deal of costume design. I’m also an amateur photographer, with a particular appreciation for all things Art Deco.
You can also check out some of my work on my Tumblr page, Angie’s Random Art.
That’s the basic, concise version.
My story is a story of the Recession. I graduated from Arcadia University in 2009, during the job market crash. It is said to be one of the worst years to have graduated from college in US history. As I, like many, have pulled myself along, through unemployment, minimum wage, retail, to desk jobs, I am realizing that I have not failed; I am climbing. Cosplay, community theater, and not always having enough money to purchase good supplies for artistic projects has taught me to be creative, to think outside the box, and to do so quickly enough to get the job done. (My lifelong, overactive pareidolia has also been helpful.) Cardboard boxes could become a robot. A detergent bottle could become a chainsaw. Matte paint over strategically layered hot glue can take the appearance an evil book bound in human leather. During one production, the director handed me a large piece of fabric and asked me to make faerie wings. I grabbed some wire hangers, paint, and Mod Podge, and went to work. They are so sturdy that, after more than 10 performances, which included a crazy battle scene, they held up well enough to use for other costumes. That incident is a good metaphor the way I try to live my life; I am trying to make the most of my situation with what I am given and what I can find. When I graduated from college, I would have described myself as “creative.” I now describe myself as “resourceful.” Or “MacGyver.” 😉