Today we’d like to introduce you to CRS Cromer.
So, before we jump into specific questions about your art, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born in San Diego and raised in DC. In Maryland, I started drawing age 4-7. I started off drawing fashion sketches. I was inspired by my auntie who was doing fashion design at DC Shoe company. She would send us all kinds of sample clothes. So I would go and try to make my own variations. I was the only girl in the neighborhood my age for a while so I would always draw, do book analysis, fill out math workbooks, and play piano; taught by an elderly woman in my neighborhood.
I stopped drawing for a while when I moved from DC back to San Diego, but I still doodled here and there on school assignments. I started drawing again in later on in high school, friends would pay me to draw cool pictures for the front and back slots on their assignment binders in class. I took drawing more serious junior year around the time of my mom’s birthday. It snuck up on me that year and I couldn’t afford a gift so I drew a picture of a violet and a rose and wrote a poem for her. My mother’s positive feedback inspired me to take on portrait drawing as a form of expression.
I graduated high school and went to California State University Northridge to compete on the Track and Field Team. Here I networked with many artists and students and discovered the forms of art I enjoy practicing and participating in. I declared to be an Art Major and a Business Management minor. ( I flipped them later on in the years). I finally started to take drawing classes that opened my mind to many of the terms and practices that I did not know of being self-taught, and it transformed my art/mind tremendously. I now have an artist’s vision and I can draw just about anything.
In 2016, I was going through the daily routines of balancing my personal life with school and track and field, and I was getting sick of it, I wanted change. I finally became receptive to the information that was getting handed to me in class and from my father about managing a business; so I decided to make, Sketches By Christina, a business and to go by CRS.
I’ve been operating Sketches By Christina as a business for three years so far and I have created a lot of fantastic work and collaborated with many amazing artists! I just recently founded another company called JSPR BLVK Entertainment I cannot wait to share what we’ve done so far and seen what I create in the years to come!
Has it been a smooth road?
I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I knew it was going to be hard work because I didn’t have much interest in business to operate one on my own, but I also knew that I wasn’t alone in this process. I have had tons of support through the years and it has helped me get to where I am today.
Time management was a struggle in the beginning. I was very busy throughout my days and finding the time to work on things that I needed to do for my company was very difficult. I found that the heavy workload of being a college student with multiple disciplines, an athlete, an artist, a daughter, a friend, and myself all at the same time was overwhelming so I sacrificed a few things to make up for others. And my art took the hugest toll.
In an attempt to reclaim myself as an artist I set out to find client work to get my name out and make a few bucks. I created illustrations for comic books, concept art, and children’s books. Each project had its own struggles that lead to their downfalls but the main struggle was communication with one another.
Then my struggle began to be staying committed to work with clients. I was having trouble finalizing work, meeting turnaround deadlines, and even visualizing ideas. All of these things started to affect my quality of work and then weigh down on my heart. So I took a Creative Recess from Sketches By Christina to focus on creating content and sharpening my skills. During this time, I was closed for commission work and re-centered myself mentally and artistically to take on what’s to come.
We’d love to hear more about your art.
Sketches By Christina is a Fine Art Illustration company, specializing in Portrait Work, Concept Visualization, and Graphic Design. Most known for my Realistic Pencil Drawings. As a company, I am most proud of my ability to visualize clients’ ideas. What sets me apart from others is my willingness and eagerness to accept work and complete it in all/any medium. I have experience in working in, if not all, but most mediums. And if I haven’t yet explored in a certain medium it is because I haven’t thought to.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the diversity in Los Angeles. I love how creative and welcoming the artistic communities are. I also love how serious people take their artistic crafts out here. Being from San Diego, there wasn’t that huge of an artistic scene as it is out here. In LA, there is more of an urgency to make it as an artist and more opportunity, being that this is one of the hugest entertainment capitals in the world.
What I like least about our city is the homeless population. It hurts to go to DTLA sometimes.
- Commissioned Illustrations start at $100
- Comic Book Illustrations start at $100/page
- Live Art $50.00/hr
- Website: www.sketchesbychristina.com
- Phone: 2404411621
- Instagram: @misscromer
- Twitter: @misscromer_
Josef Lucien, JSPR BLVK Entertainment