Susannah G. Livengood
Hello! I'm Susannah. You can call me Sue. Or Suzie. Though I go by my 'Sue Draws' or real name professionally, don't be surprised if you see others refer to be as 'Lady Kopaka/Kaguya'. I'm a pretty chill person when it comes to nicknames.
Born in Tennessee, I've lived in a variety of places (Such as Louisiana, Missouri, and even Kyrgyzstan) before I settled back in in the volunteer state. I was residing in Nashville, but currently am in Johnson City to attend East Tennessee State University for a B.F.A in Graphic Design!
I'm a self-taught artist, with a bit of art teaching skills on the side. You can say my focus primarily is in the realm of commercial arts: concept art, fantasy/sci-fi illustrations, character design, and most recently, comic art.
My goal is to be a freelance artist successful enough to afford something more than ramen noodles for meals. More importantly, I want to inspire others to pursue their artistic dreams, regardless of what's holding them down. I hope my work can help give a bit of hope for our potential in this crazy world.
Q: What traditional tools do you use?
A: Almost anything I can get my hands on. I believe it's important to know a variety of mediums, such as inks, watercolours, acrylic paints, charcoal, and much more.
Q: Most of your work is in Digital? What do you use for that?
A: Again, I try to keep the same outlook as I do with traditional art. I have a variety of programs and am trying my best to learn new ones, whether that's for graphic design, art, or 3D. However, my main tools are usually a WACOM Cintiq 22HD and Photoshop CC + Clip Studio.
Q: Do you accept requests? Can you do some art for [insert project here]? I can't pay you, but...
A: No. I only work with paying customers. My time and services are not free or to be taken lightly. I work hard on personal and paid work. I know it's hard these days to afford things--but trust me, it's so much more worth it.
Q: Where did you study?
A: I learned many traditional drawing and painting skills by an amazing artist in Louisiana (Ethel Dixon) for a few years as a kid. I took a few classes in when I was briefly in college around five years ago. Beyond that, I've been teaching myself.
Q: Where do you find inspiration?
A: Well first, I'd have to say my mom because she would loyally draw Winnie the Pooh for me constantly as a toddler. From there, it was a straight shot to becoming a professional artist. Others I look up to or I constantly look at their work are: many talented friends, Lois Van Baarle, Nathan Fowkes, Terryl Whitlatch, Matt Rhodes, Hiromu Arakawa, and many others. I also find inspiration from many classic artists: Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Rembrandt.
Beyond artists, I find inspiration all over the place--strangers I see, music I listen to, the nature, and even a lot of video games and movies. I could ramble forever about this, but just know if you open your mind enough, you'll find beauty and ideas everywhere.