Spotlight Feature: Heidi Steinmetz, Steinmetz Illustration and Design
Twenty-five year old Colorado native, Heidi Steinmetz, is the creative entity behind Steinmetz Illustration and Design. A 2014 graduate of Concordia University, Heidi holds a BFA in Graphic Design. Stylistically her work is constantly evolving, however, you can see Disney and Anime undertones in her creations. During our discussion on Discord voice, Steinmetz stated “I’ve always wanted to be an artist for Disney, but didn’t exactly know how to get that done… I like making art, and now I’m a freelancer.”
Well seasoned in customer service, she is happy to work with a client to give them what they want. Since leaving college, through her creative platform, Heidi has worked on illustrations for children’s books, banners, advertisements, brochures and is currently working on a secret project that she could only reveal is a board game. (She mentioned to keep an eye out for the Kickstarter coming soon!)
Despite her background in graphic design and illustration, she stated that "I'm not much into video or anything that moves, I consider myself a traditional artist."
As an artist and freelancer she is constantly learning and working with different mediums. When asked what are her favorites are to work with she responded, “Markers, charcoal and my third being colored pencils.”
She also informed me that working with alcohol-based markers has been a recent addition to her artistic repertoire. She stated, “I’ve always preferred colored pencil and charcoal, but I recently attended a comic-con and was told that the mediums I used aren’t what someone who does comics would use. I agreed, and my first attempt came out really well, and I thought, I should do more of these.”
One of her artistic influences is animation artist, Tom Bancroft. (Creator of loveable characters such as: Mushuu and young Simba.) In fact, she was so blessed to have been an online art class he taught and was very happy to have had her artwork used as an example.
When I asked for advice for young artists to the business, she said, “You could ask any professor of art, and they will say that they are still learning. You learn from everyone around you. You may learn how to draw a face in middle school, a body in high school. The art world moves and changes back and forward all the time. The more you see in the world, the more it will influence you.”
Want to see Heidi, live in action? You can find her on twitch under the username, SpyroShurtagul. When asked about why she started drawing on Twitch TV, she said, “I’ve wanted to do if for a long time for my gaming. I would stream my Nancy Drew games. And my cousin actually encouraged to stream doing my art. So I made a weird set-up to get it focused and started to draw.”
If you would like to work with Heidi on a commissioned piece you can contact her through her facebook page, or purchase her original work on Etsy. If you’d like to see more of her pieces you can also check out her online portfolio. Her work has previously been shown at Kapow Comics and Coffee where she hopes to showcase her work again soon!
Note: Comic-con is a multi-genre entertainment and comic convention.
Disclaimer: All images are used with the expressed permission of Steinmetz Illustration and Design. No copyright infringement intended.