Hi, I'm Jennette!
I'm a freelance, self-taught stay at home mother and artist from Salt Lake City, Utah. I'm a lover of all things geek and pop-culture. I'm also very passionate about fantasy creatures and mythical worlds. I consider myself a 'jack of all trades' artist. My most skilled medium is digital art. I also enjoy other hobbies such as sidewalk chalk art and the occasional cosplay/costuming.
I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Music and Music Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2010, studying flute and set to be a band director. I realized too late that despite music being a serious passion of mine, that it wasn't what I wanted to do with my life. I wish to this day that I had chosen to pursue a career in art instead. Since graduating, my main focus has shifted to becoming a professional artist, though I still am very much actively playing in musical ensembles where I can. Who knows, one day I may go back to teaching.
My love for art started at a very young age. I was always drawing in my free time. My mom started me in local child art classes, but while everyone would be drawing faces and figures and I'd be off on my own drawing dragons and dinosaurs. Today, I'm no different. I think drawing everyday stuff can be quite boring, and creating an alternate reality through art is one of the reasons I love it so much. To step outside of ‘normal’ and into something amazing.
My art career didn't take off until years later after I married at the end of 2006. After a long hiatus, I decided to give art another try. Art became my escape from school and every day life. I received my first digital drawing tablet for my 20th birthday in 2007 and began working hard to perfect my craft! Pretty soon I realized I could make a decent amount of money selling my art, so I made the decision to go full time freelance after graduation in 2010… and the rest is history!
Skills & Tools Used
Digital - Adobe Photoshop CC, Wacom Cintiq 13HD, iPad Pro, Procreate with Apple Pencil, Aseprite (pixel art)
Traditional - Copic markers, watercolor, gouache, ink pens, colored pencils, acrylic
Street Art - chalk pastels and sidewalk art, murals, wall paintings
Awards & Recognitions
Viewers Choice Award - The pop-culture giant Dorkly.com's fan favorite artist of 2014. Art piece showcased at C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo).
Website Features - deviantART.com's exclusive daily feature "daily deviation": once in 2011 and twice in 2012.
Chalk Artwork Awards - Chalk Art Festival, Gateway Mall SLC, UT, 2nd place 2012.
South Jordan UT Chalk Art, 2nd place, 2012 & 2013.
Sidewalk Days, Foothill Village SLC, UT, 3rd place 2013
Do you take commissions? I used to, but sadly I haven’t had the time to dedicate to consistent commission work. I'm always willing to give you a quote, but I may or may not be available. I tend to close up once convention season starts, as my entire time is devoted to creating art to sell at each con. When I do open for slots, I always announce it on social media! If you want to be first to know when I open, follow me!
Do you take free art requests? No, I only take paid commissions. Just because I say I'm a "freelance" artist doesn't mean my services are free. All that means is that I work independently, not for any business or corporation. This is a real BUSINESS that I take very seriously. I am also a stay at home mother with 3 children, so my time is limited. If I must take time away from my family, I want to be properly compensated financially (just like any job).
Will you take art trades? Sometimes, but I'm very picky! I already have enough artwork on my wall haha! I will occasionally do trades for unique items like craft, cosplay items, sculptures, etc., but not art. It's got to be something really unique for me to consider it a trade. If you find me at a convention, I usually do art trades with other artists at the end of the con. :)
Do you do collaborations? If time allows, I try! Skill has to be at an equal level though for it to be worth it for me. That might sound rude, but it seems only fair that both artists do equal amount of work and quality on a piece of art.
Can I use your artwork for reference? Yes, I am totally okay with this! The only thing I ask is that you ask permission first (out of courtesy), and credit back to me (tagging me on social media). Please don't blatantly trace my works. Be original and recreate it on your own. Please share your works when you're done!
Are you an actual business? Yes! I'm official! My artwork is housed under our parent LLC, Obvious Piranha; co-run between myself and my husband.
Can I feature your artwork? YES PLEASE! Exposure of an artist's art is so important, and I'm always honored that people will go out of their way to showcase my art to their friends and family. You can feature my art on any form of social media, but please, if you do, credit back to the image or tag me on any of my social media sites (usually @sugarpoultry). That way people know where to find the original artist.
Can you teach me how to draw? Not personally, but I can give you some advise! Use references and practice practice practice! It might seem like a cop-out, but that's literally how its done. Whatever you want to draw, you gotta find a reference, practice, reference, practice, and on and on... There is no secret recipe!
Can I be your friend? I get asked this a lot and I’m really not sure why, but I'm online for my art and business, and not really interested in making friends. Sometimes friendships can happen naturally between me and my clients. Usually this happens at conventions, so if you see me come say hi! I'm fine with chatting! Just stay awesome and who knows what could happen!
Why don't you draw werewolf/anthro art anymore? My most frequently asked question, and the answer is simple: I lost the passion for it. I started out my artwork career doing nothing but werewolves and anthros. As much fun as I had at the time, it got old real quick and I wanted to move on to many different art forms. I will still occasionally dabble in some anthro creatures, but I want a clean slate from that life and I'm much happier now.