Susannah/Sue Livengood is an illustrator and hopeful comic artist currently living nearby Nashville, Tennessee/USA.
Mostly self-taught, Sue is focusing on taking a step back to relearn and reorganize for the rest of 2019. They love primarily original work with some fanart scattered throughout--Guild Wars 2, LEGO, Final Fantasy, and a variety of others.
Sue's origins can be found on deviantArt and BZPower that stretch back to around 2004. While their first handle was Lady Kopaka/Kaguya, they rebranded a few years ago as Sue Draws.
On the side, Sue also works as an art teacher, grocery clerk, and occasional nanny. In their free time they enjoy the outdoors, music, playing video games, sleeping, and volunteering locally when possible. Sue does her best to be a positive and helpful influence among friends, communities, and their own sense of personal growth.
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.
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.