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Meet Tianna Smith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tianna Smith.

Tianna, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was always really into art as a child due to watching a huge amount of anime and cartoons with my older brother and Dad. My older brother was also into art at that time, so I was influenced by him when he would draw. Overall, my family has a very creative side, for example, my Grand dad was a painter and my Aunt currently arranges flowers and wraps gifts. I started out mainly drawing stick figures and giving them a world to live in and eventually because of all the cartoons I watched, I started to actually draw characters and people instead of stick figures. During middle school is when I started to experiment with different mediums and eventually I got attached to acrylic paint and watercolor. For my friend’s birthdays, I’d usually give them a painting as a gift because I felt like making something for them was really fun. I took art as an elective in middle school too, so that helped me to figure out the different mediums that I liked. I started to paint more landscapes and continued with that. I was still drawing and coming up with different characters too since I never fell out of love with that. In high school, I was in Ap studio art and I defiantly started to refine my skills around this time because I was drawing a lot and making more finished pieces instead of just sketches. In high school, I learned many techniques with different mediums, like charcoal, digital art, and sculpting, which I enjoyed quite a bit. In the present, I am still refining my skills in college, but now I understand the type of art I want to create. Now, I am learning the process of animation and eventually, I want to be able to understand character/background design and storyboarding a lot better. For now, my career is going in the path of animation and illustration.

Has it been a smooth road?
The road has not been smooth because I never actually knew what I wanted to with my life and if I really wanted to pursue a career in art. I could not really think of anything else that I actually wanted to go into because my main hobby was always art and watching cartoons. I always felt that my art was not good enough either and that I could not get any better, but I have been working on not being so negative about my art. Now, I am dedicated to doing any career that is related to art.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Right now, I do not really have a business, but I am trying to get my art out in the world and show it to others. I currently only use Instagram at the moment to share my art. For a little while, I was making pins and putting them up on Etsy; however, the sales were slow, so I decided that just want to focus on creating art and posting it on my Instagram to get a bigger audience that I can share my art with. I currently specialize in making more graphic like art with funky creatures, but I often do realistic type landscape paintings too. I focus a lot on design more than anything else, so that I can create something interesting or surreal to look at.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I like that our city is really entertaining and there are a lot of places to explore, especially with all the art museums and galleries spread about. I am not a big fan of crowded places so LA is not ideal in that aspect, but I get used to how crowded it is.

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