Shauna is a hand lettering artist and illustrator located in Orlando, Florida. She graduated from the University of North Florida where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Design. She has created work for the Art Director's Club, 3M Post-it Brand®, and Scholastic, among other companies. Her work has been featured in the Communication Arts Typography Annual Two and Graphic Design USA’s design annuals and she was recently featured on Communication Arts FRESH. She has also received several AAF ADDY awards at the local, regional and national level.
She loves to create side projects based around lettering, like her Three Word Stories project, and positive quotes. She works out of her home studio in her apartment with her puppy, Teddy.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Shauna: I have always been into art and drawing. I was very lucky to grow up in a house where my parents made sure I always had art supplies. When I was 3 my Mom caught me drawing on the white wall of our front hall in our condo with a permanent marker. I guess you could say that was my first illustration, haha! I've always been artistically oriented and knew I wanted to have a career in the arts somehow. I took a computer graphics class when I was 13 that really opened my eyes to graphic design as a career, and I had parents that were incredibly supportive of the idea. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Shauna: I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in graphic design from the University of North Florida. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Shauna: I live in Orlando, Florida, close to the Winter Park area. I moved here initially for a change of scenery and to start my freelance career. There is a small art culture that's gaining a lot of speed lately so it's a fun area to watch grow and develop artistically. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Shauna: My studio is in my apartment. There is an area that I think is usually used as a dining room area, but I realized it was the perfect area to have my studio. It is a small little area, but it's comfortable. I have a big wall where I display both my work and some of my favorite prints I have collected over the years, and there is a beautiful French door and windows next to my desk that overlooks the woods next to my apartment complex. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Shauna: I find inspiration in everything. My Mom actually gets sick of shopping with me at times when we hang out because I have this bad habit of showing her all these package designs I like. My family really is a huge inspiration for me. I grew up in a household where my sister and I were raised to be hardworking individuals and I watched my parents run their own business for most of my life. It only makes sense that I now follow in their footsteps with my own business.
Question: How do you get your ideas? Shauna: Lots of brainstorming and sketching. I tend to get ideas when I am no where near a pencil and paper, but luckily if it's an idea I like, I can remember it just long enough to get it on paper when I get to my desk. Walking my dog Teddy, tends to bring inspiration too, since I find my mind wandering when we walk. Question: Do you collect anything? Shauna: Books. I love books with lots of lettering and typography and ones that have limited edition covers, like the set that Jessica Hische did for Barnes and Noble. I also collect art prints and pens and antique matchbooks. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Shauna: I am a figure skater for fun, so any free time I have is usually spent on the ice where I clear my head and skate for myself. I live across the street from the local ice rink and my skating friends and I will meet up for a session and skate together. I like to meet up with other friends to go antiquing and meet up for drinks. I also sing, so I tend to get caught at stoplights singing out loud to music in my car. Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Shauna: My favorite project to date is actually one I'm currently in the process of creating. To challenge my illustration skills and help myself grow I've been creating almost daily lettering and illustration prints for fun. I give myself about an hour to complete them and I find it really helps me get into the swing of working for the day. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Shauna: A dream job would be a set of prints for Anthropologie, West Elm or Crate and Barrel, and book covers for Chronicle books. Lettering and illustration for Starbucks would be a dream project too. Actually, I have a long list of dream projects! Question: If you could travel back in time which period would you visit & why? Shauna: I can't say I've ever really thought about that! Hmm… I think the MadMen era, 1960's, would be a fun one. I'd love to be a fly on the wall of an ad agency. Question: What's the best advice you've ever been given? Shauna: Work hard, stay humble; do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.
The Art Directors Club, Help Ink, 360 Magazine, Random House, Mollie Makes, 3M Post-it Brand®, 72andsunny, Ogilvy and Mather, Crispin Porter & Bogusky, California Teachers Association, Scholastic USA, Seven Publishing, Real Pie, State University of New York, Mail on Sunday, Suddath, Jacksonville Magazine, OC Weekly, BrainJuicer Favourites
– New York City
: Sushi and red velvet cake
: Blackwing Palomino Pencils and my Wacom tablet
: Vodka Tonic
: Right now I’m hooked on Forty Days of Dating
and Design Work Life