We had a chance to ask one of our artists, Brittany Hanks, a few questions about her art, inspiration, and favorite 80’s band to paint to. Check it out below!
TF: Your designs tend to have a very floral, DOTD vibe to them. Where do
you find inspiration for these, and do you plan on continuing that style in
B.H: A lot of my work is inspired by nature, folklore and ghost stories.
I am a huge fan of Art Nouveau, Victorian art and Scientific
illustrations. Someone once described my art by saying it was very
“Art Nouveau meets H.P.Lovecraft” and I think that describes my work
perfectly. Some of my more thematically dark pieces often have bright
colors and my floral pieces have dramatic outlines. I have always
been interested in harmonizing dark design elements with elements that
are soft and flowery. I like to think that my work is equally
beautiful and mysterious. My style has evolved over the past few
years and I expect it to continue, I guess you’ll just have to wait
TF: What’s your favorite medium? And how did you get into doll-making?
B.H: My all time favorite medium is oil paint. I have been using it
ever since I taught myself how to use it in High School. I have
always enjoyed experimenting with new media, though. Now I use both
traditional and digital media in my work. For Too Fast Brand, I have
done designs in Oil Paint, Graphite, and Vector. I got into doll
making the same way as most media, I just decided to learn it one day!
After that I discovered awesome artists like Jenny Alcantara and
Marina Bychkova; who both make very interesting, dark and detailed
TF: Do you wear the type of clothes you design for? Are you a fan of Too
Fast and similar companies for instance? (better say yes!)
B.H: Of course! The best part about working with Too Fast is that I get
to do what I love. I was a customer and fan for years before I
started designing for you guys! I have always been into alternative
fashion, everything from band shirts to Alexander McQueen.
TF: What artistic pursuits do you have planned for the upcoming year. Will
you continue to do what you’re doing now, try some new avenues, or
B.H: In 2013 I am definitely going to continue what I am doing now;
however, I have some new things I am working on as well. I have some
great events coming up in the near future, so you are going to have to
check out my Facebook fan page to keep up to date. I am always
trying to push myself to explore new avenues, styles and media.
Recently I have been really focusing on my Etsy store and I have added
a whole bunch of new items. I just got Twitter a few days ago, so now
I am really planning on taking over the interwebs!
TF: Okay, last question. If you had to pick a band from the 80’s to paint to,
who would you go with?
B.H: The Cure!