We interviewed Shanna about her place in the comic industry and this is what she had to say:
Anomalous Comics: Let’s start with the basics. Who are you and what do you do?
Shanna Hayward: I have been on a couple of projects, mainly women due to the figure and movement. I really love to do the pin-up/illustration pieces as I feel like I can put all my effort in.
AC: What Projects have you done or been a part of?
SH: I’ve done one sequential art piece, which was different for me, but a learning experience, and I’m quite willing to learn more of that side of the art spectrum.
AC: Was there a major event that led to your decision to draw comics?
SH: I’d never say a major event. I just looked up to my dad and learned his style through drawing, which made me want to start and I just sort of carried on with it.
AC: Who are your influences?
SH: I have loads of influences, but my dad started me off and I got into Boris Vallejo’s art, which I’d say would explain the pin-ups and women drawings I’d do. Then, I went onto the comic side, which was amazing. That opened up a whole other side to me. Then, I just went forward and wanted to learn different things, digital painting, changing my style, etc. I was influenced then a lot by Micheal Turner’s work (the legend at drawing he was), but as time went on, I liked the more illustration type darker side. But I’m quite happily drawing up anything. I just love amazing art.
AC: What would you be doing now if you weren’t making comics?
SH: If it wasn’t for my drawing, I’m not too sure what I’d be doing. I’d be normal like everyone else. I feel like art is an escape to me. I’m in my own imagination and world. Got some crazy ideas up there.
AC: What advice can you give to aspiring creators?
SH: Well, I still look for advice for myself. It’s nice to have a chat with other artists and writers, as we’re always learning and pushing harder. Train, train, train. You watch the world in a different way, visualize things from people, animals. How these could look changed, just draw, draw, draw surroundings, movement, people.
AC: What’s your favorite quote?
SH: My favorite quotes… Well, they’re quite funny; I say them to my children. I’ve got three. “Cold potatoes aren’t hot.”; “Everything will be fine.”; and “there’s no such word as ‘can’t'”. I had that one drilled into me growing up. Maybe that’s why I’m a dreamer, but that’s not a bad thing. It’s good to have dreams.
AC: What’s your favorite comic series or OGN? What are you reading now?
SH: I haven’t got a fav comic series. My shelves are full of all different kinds of books. Studying books, learning books, comics, illustration works. I just love amazing art. I’ve always been a fan of Aspen and Top Cow. At the moment, I’m reading Wraithborn by Joe Benitez and Marcia Chen.
AC: What are your dream projects? Just in case someone who can make that happen is reading this.
SH: My dream was always growing up and working for Disney. Love Disney. Still do. Guess that’s the inner child in me, but as time’s gone on, I’ve drifted more to the comic side and illustration. It’s just nice that my art catches people’s eyes and would love this more for further projects in the future.
AC: What are you most looking forward to this year?
SH: I was going to be learning this year, pushing myself above and beyond and just practice, practice, and more practice. I’ve got a sketchbook and would like to fill it this year with different sketches, designs to move forward.
AC: Where can we find you?
SH: You can catch me on Facebook. I’m excited for this year and for the future. I’m really putting hardwork into my art and I’ve met amazing people along my journey for advice, to talk to, to work for… Such an amazing journey already and I want it to carry on, if not get busier. That would be amazing. I’m learning every day and have been shown different experiences along the way, too. I’m glad to move forward with the people I know and the new people I’d meet in the future.
AC: Anything else you’d like to add?
SH: I’d just like to give a big THANK YOU to all for where I am now.