Isabelle Staub

Combining my traditional background with digital, is the perfect combo.

Michelle Webb

What inspired you to become an artist?

Art has always been a love of mine from before I could remember. I was always entranced by illustrations in children’s books and animated movies. I would sit at my kitchen table and try to create my own stories and characters through art.

Can you tell us about some of the projects you’re working on right now?

Yes! I am currently a part of a tech case collaboration with CASETiFY inspired by my “Zodiac Babes” series. It has been fun seeing my work on something other than paper! I have also just signed on with a new app, Komi, where I will be selling one-on-one lessons, tutorials, and other videos to teach others art.

What has been your favorite project to be a part of? Why?

I worked with Marvel as one of my first ever projects as a freelance illustrator after my first Disney series went viral. It was the sign I needed to let me know I was in the right direction career-wise when I felt like giving up on my dream.

Michelle Webb artwork

What does a typical day look like for you?

Working as a freelance artist is like having a bunch of jobs tied into one. Some of the things I do in a day is answer emails, market myself, create content for social media, write contracts, and work on client-based projects.. to name a few. It’s tough to juggle all of those things, but it is extremely rewarding to do what I love every day!

How does Corel Painter help you in the development and creation of your artwork?

Painter was the first program I learned how to create digital art on back in 2013. I loved the painterly feel I could create with the brushes.

What’s your favorite Painter tool/feature? Why?

My favorite brushes are the Pastel and Charcoal brushes, particularly the Dull Conte brush. The texture always adds another level of dimension to my work.

Michelle Webb artwork

What are the challenges involved with being a full time artist?

For me time management is the most challenging part of being a full time artist. Since there is not a definite 9-5 work day it is easy for me to overwork myself. I have been learning to set boundaries and days off for myself so I don’t get burnt out.

What advice would you give to up-and-coming artists?

Be easy on yourself! Being an artist is a journey, not a destination. Try not to compare yourself to people who are further in their journey- you will get there!

Do you have any recommendations for obtaining clients?

Be professional, kind and never miss your deadlines!

Michelle Webb artwork

What hardware helps you get the job done?

I use my MacBook Pro Laptop with my Wacom Cintiq Pro 13HD to do all of my digital work.

Do you use Painter and any other software together? If so what do you like about that process?

Yes! I always use painter for creating the work and once I am done I transfer the piece to Photoshop for final adjustments like lighting, color tweaks, and formatting for print.

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