Hello and welcome to Jen Art Stories. My name is Jennifer Sablan-Andrade. Besides all my other life experiences. I love creating illustrative artwork it’s a way for me to escape, imagine, and express what I feel and or share my happy place. Some of my first works, are inspired by my native Chamorro cultural heritage from the beautiful and tropical island of Guam.
My journey as an entrepreneurial artist really started back in 2009. It was literal for me. I had a moment, like an epiphany, when I was browsing the internet. While doing some research that I happen to learn about other stay-at-home mom’s who where creating and selling their artwork on eBay and Etsy. I am in my moment when being creative because I do have this wild imagination. My first mediums that I started working with are acrylic paints on canvas because it was very fast to dry. As a military spouse, next duty station is back on my homeland the island of Guam. Eventually, getting out into the local market, showcasing my original paintings, distributing, and presenting printed products such as note cards in local art shows and wholesale accounts. Soon I was gaining recognition for my work and landed on front cover of the Island Time magazine. However, written in Japanese, I was thrilled! Even a second page written in English.
My work is sometimes whimsical with child-like themes, flowers, botanical, animals with human abilities, womanhood, family, and more. Lately, I create most of my illustrative artwork digitally. Procreate and Affinity Designer Apps are what I am learning and using to create most of my beautiful and cute illustrations on my iPad Pro 10.5. However, from time to time, I still create hand-drawn illustrations using acrylics, gouache, watercolor, and ink.
ARE YOU INSPIRED TO START YOUR ILLUSTRATIVE JOURNEY?
If you are an aspiring artist illustrator or just starting out. In the near future, you will be seeing more helpful hand-drawn illustrative tips, digital illustration techniques using Procreate and Affinity Designer Apps. I will also introduce curated product suggestions that will help you develop your drawing and digital illustration skills along the way.
My goal is to help inspire and teach you, what I learned, through my journey into illustrative artwork and design. You can be the next children’s book illustrator or surface pattern designer. But mainly, just have fun! while using your imagination and creatively bring your ideas to life. Either through products like children’s books, prints, fabrics and more.
Wishing you all the best, Jennifer Sablan-Andrade