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Artists We Love: Hannah Susan Crane

Artists We Love: Hannah Susan Crane

Stopping by the Virginia Beach studio of upcoming Artist, Hannah Susan Crane whose work "I've Been Inking Of You" and Custom Couple Portraits have us dreaming of Valentine's Day and cuddling up with our other half. Come along as we admire her creative process & get tips on being a full time artist.

www.hannahsuecrane.com

Tell us about yourself & your art background I was raised out on a farm in the boonies of Virginia until the age of 18. Growing up surrounded by nature, livestock and a crowd of 10 friends molded me to see the world a little differently. My mother has always said that, unlike my other siblings, since the age of two, all I needed was some paper and a pencil to sit still for hours simply drawing. I suppose that’s when it all started. Now at age twenty I’ve been living my dream as a freelance artist for almost two years!  

Tell us about yourself & your art background

I was raised out on a farm in the boonies of Virginia until the age of 18. Growing up surrounded by nature, livestock and a crowd of 10 friends molded me to see the world a little differently. My mother has always said that, unlike my other siblings, since the age of two, all I needed was some paper and a pencil to sit still for hours simply drawing. I suppose that’s when it all started. Now at age twenty I’ve been living my dream as a freelance artist for almost two years!  

What is your creative process like?  Bear with me since this is my first time even thinking about what my creative process even is...  I suppose it starts by simply living. At all times, I’m taking in tons of information and soaking in the beauty of life all around me. Eventually, these little ideas and pieces, like a puzzle, come together and create something completely new and unique. It’s like a lightbulb goes off in my head. When I start creating and bringing the new idea to life, you shouldn’t be surprised to find me up at 2am with music blasting, painting the night away, accompanied by a cup of cold coffee (or 3) in my studio.

What is your creative process like? 

Bear with me since this is my first time even thinking about what my creative process even is...  I suppose it starts by simply living. At all times, I’m taking in tons of information and soaking in the beauty of life all around me.

Eventually, these little ideas and pieces, like a puzzle, come together and create something completely new and unique. It’s like a lightbulb goes off in my head. When I start creating and bringing the new idea to life, you shouldn’t be surprised to find me up at 2am with music blasting, painting the night away, accompanied by a cup of cold coffee (or 3) in my studio.

Any other mediums you love to work in/experiment with? Yes! Watercolor is definitely my top medium, but I also love working with acrylics and graphite pencils and sometimes mixing the two together! 

Any other mediums you love to work in/experiment with?

Yes! Watercolor is definitely my top medium, but I also love working with acrylics and graphite pencils and sometimes mixing the two together! 

What artists inspire your work? All of them. Seriously. From little kid’s scribbles, to Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night paintings, and everything in-between. I actually look at photography more than artwork itself. The most common artist and photographers I pull inspiration from are: the hundreds consuming my Instagram feed. Even if I’m in need of a new face to doodle, I’m bound to find a selfie or two, just waiting to be drawn! 

What artists inspire your work?

All of them. Seriously. From little kid’s scribbles, to Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night paintings, and everything in-between. I actually look at photography more than artwork itself. The most common artist and photographers I pull inspiration from are: the hundreds consuming my Instagram feed. Even if I’m in need of a new face to doodle, I’m bound to find a selfie or two, just waiting to be drawn! 

How has your work changed over the years? For a while I was in the try-everything-out mode to see what I enjoyed most. I was all over the place with oils, digital design, photography, watercolor, acrylics, charcoal, and graphite. I think every artist should go through that season, and it’s good. Of course, I felt very scattered, like I wasn’t really accomplishing anything as a whole. Just a little here and a little there. Over the past two years, I've decided to focus on watercolors - Improving my Couple Portraits, House Portraits, and Holding Home portraits. Since then I have seen a huge improvement in this area and it’s been extremely rewarding.

How has your work changed over the years?

For a while I was in the try-everything-out mode to see what I enjoyed most. I was all over the place with oils, digital design, photography, watercolor, acrylics, charcoal, and graphite. I think every artist should go through that season, and it’s good. Of course, I felt very scattered, like I wasn’t really accomplishing anything as a whole. Just a little here and a little there.

Over the past two years, I've decided to focus on watercolors - Improving my Couple Portraits, House Portraits, and Holding Home portraits. Since then I have seen a huge improvement in this area and it’s been extremely rewarding.

What are you working on right now? I’m branching out into acrylics and wood-working more. I’ve started building my own circle frames and canvases to paint on. My goal is to create something different and personal from the usual “square” world of art.  I’m also in the process of designing a few tattoo commissions. It’s pretty crazy to think that people want my art on their bodies forever. It’s a huge compliment and honor.                                                   SHOP Dusk

What are you working on right now?

I’m branching out into acrylics and wood-working more. I’ve started building my own circle frames and canvases to paint on. My goal is to create something different and personal from the usual “square” world of art. 

I’m also in the process of designing a few tattoo commissions. It’s pretty crazy to think that people want my art on their bodies forever. It’s a huge compliment and honor. 

                                                 SHOP Dusk

What are some challenges & benefits of being a full time artist? Aside from a couple classes and helpful advice, as a self-taught artist I have learned a ton about self-discipline, dedication, and the art of learning without teachers and deadlines to prompt me. In the same way, being my own boss has been a similar learning experience. A huge benefit is the flexibility I have to travel. Since most of my art is being shipped to other states or countries, my location doesn’t effect my work. 

What are some challenges & benefits of being a full time artist?

Aside from a couple classes and helpful advice, as a self-taught artist I have learned a ton about self-discipline, dedication, and the art of learning without teachers and deadlines to prompt me. In the same way, being my own boss has been a similar learning experience. A huge benefit is the flexibility I have to travel. Since most of my art is being shipped to other states or countries, my location doesn’t effect my work. 

Any advice for young artists? Don't forget to take a step back, don't fear taking a break from a project, come back with a new perspective, & turn to other artists you respect for input. I hope you never find yourself at a point where you’re completely satisfied with your art, because that will be the sad day you stop growing. 

Any advice for young artists?

Don't forget to take a step back, don't fear taking a break from a project, come back with a new perspective, & turn to other artists you respect for input.

I hope you never find yourself at a point where you’re completely satisfied with your art, because that will be the sad day you stop growing. 

Follow Hannah On Instagram! @hannah_suecrane

www.hannahsuecrane.com

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