Stephanie Stromenger is aan LA based illustrator and designer with a passion for characters and environments.
Having graduated this year from SCAD with a BFA in Sequential Art.
(All artists have to answer the same 10 questions.)
1. First and Last Name
2. Where are you from? And where are you currently living?
My hometown is in Melbourne, FL and currently living in Los Angeles, CA!
3. What’s your main influences?
My longest influences I’d say would be Jamie Hewlett and Sachin Teng. I’m currently really into the work of Eric Pautz, Bertrand Todesco, and Jenny Yu to name a few. I have a long list, ha.
4. How was your path until this moment? How did you start?
I was always drawing growing up, cliché I know. The moment I discovered anime was when I really got into it. I definitely have a good amount of embarrassing drawings from my teen years, haha. I started seriously pursuing art when I enrolled at SCAD. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to make or do when I started, but I knew it was within the realm of storytelling. I was in the Sequential Art major, which had a heavy focus on comic art.
I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to make or do when I started, but I knew it was within the realm of storytelling
I realized quickly I didn’t want to make comics for a living, so I geared my portfolio more towards storytelling through other forms like visual development, character designs, layout design, etc.
Comic storytelling gave me a really solid foundation for me, despite my lack of fondness for creating comics, haha. It’s a great program, not to be underestimated. Eventually, I discovered motion design pretty late into my college career, which really opened a door of opportunity for me. I took a design for motion class with Austin Shaw, probably the best move I made at SCAD. My major background really helped me excel in his class. I was opened to a whole new world of storytelling and an industry I hadn’t considered stepping into before, and I’m currently in love with it and working in it!
5. Where do you see yourself next?
Short term, I’d love to work in cartoons as a designer. Doing characters, props, environments, etc. Eventually, I want to art direct.
6. Knowing what you know now, what would be your advice for people in the same area?
There’s a ton of opportunity out there in production studios, try not to limit yourself to one industry. I’ve learned that versatility is highly valuable in production/advertising studios, so don’t be afraid to experiment, especially while in school.
(…)try not to limit yourself to one industry
7. Is there something you are terrible at :)?
I’ve recently discovered I’m terrible at keeping succulents alive. I don’t think I should buy anymore…one time my curtain rod decided to fall right on top of my succulent and it chopped it in half. It looks pretty pathetic right now! Also, art related: realism. I’m not patient enough for it.
8. Tell us 3 things you like
- Big cats. I really wish I could have one!
- Discovering new places to eat. Soo many options in LA.
- Video games! Pokemon is my long time favorite.
9. And 3 things you don’t
- Almost all bugs. Except pretty ones.
10. Last question, what are you listening at the moment (band, specific music or album)
I’m super obsessed with Nine Inch Nails right now. Their latest EP, Add Violence, is like a daily listen for me!
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