Andrea Anderson

After spending several years as an advertising creative and graphic designer, I finally moved into the realms of fantasy art a couple of years ago. While I work as freelance fantasy artist, I also work on my own art projects, some of which you'll see here. I still take on occasional graphic and/or web design projects in my spare time, but my creative focus is now mostly on my art work. My fantasy art/illustration work, which often leans toward the surreal and majestic, is influenced by a combination of Chinese Brush Painting techniques, western painting methods and several years in graphic design. I find inspiration in many things, including nature and wildlife, mythology and folklore, my children, and a notably vivid imagination. I've also been influenced by various pre-Ralphite, surrealist, impressionist and art noveau artists, as well as other fantasy artists. My favorites include John Anster Fitzgerald, Alphonse Mucha, Brian Froud, Alan Lee, & Daniel Merriam. I enjoy working in a variety of traditional media, including: graphite, pen & ink, Chinese paints & inks, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, caseins, and occasionally airbrush and pastels. With my design background, I'm also naturally drawn to digital media using a Wacom digital graphics tablet and programs such as Freehand, Photoshop and Painter. Which medium I chose to work on is directed by the feeling I wish to convey, rather than by the medium iteslf. I also work periodically in 3d art, employing sculpture, carving and pyrography techniques utilizing a variety of materials. If I'm working with my hands, I'm generally happy. On a personal note, I'm hoping to start my Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in the Fall of 2004. Rest assured that while I may be somewhat busy with school, family and other commitments, I will always make time for my art! Wish me luck! I am available for freelance art projects/commissions, but please do not contact me with requests for free art. I simply don't have the time, and I do make a living at my art. To inquire about a possible commission, please contact me directly. Be sure to include your contact information and a few details about the project. All art work in this gallery is copyrighted to me. Do not alter, reproduce or distribute any images in this gallery. Thank you. NEW ART COMING SOON.