Colorful, bright and playful are the words that best describe the artwork of this week's artist Jeannine Schafer of Neenerbot. Jeannine's passion for animals shines through in her funky, fun work. Find out more how animals inspire her art.
Just by existing, really. I get so excited about animals sometimes it’s a little weird. They are so amazing in their diversity and designs! I grew up wanting to own a zoo, be a veterinarian, or be an artist. I was always drawing animals as far back as I can remember. I don’t know what inspired this to be honest. Now I just find them fascinating and so much fun to draw. To me they all have their own personalities, and I love to try and express that through my art, and to draw more attention to lesser known species as well. I draw cats a lot because they just crack me up. Anyone who claims that cats don’t have personalities is clearly not living with any, or they are just haters.
I work in a variety of different mediums, but the majority of my work is done digitally these days. I tend to work more in Photoshop. I have a cintiq (pen tool) which makes painting and drawing in PhotoShop really easy. When I do traditional I tend to use either acrylics, watercolors, ink, or colored pencils.
As long as I can remember. Professionally, probably since 2nd grade when kids would pay me $1 or so for a drawing of Garfield or some other popular character. Always the entrepreneur!
I have had pets since I was about 5 or so. Nothing crazy… ok, I take that back, I did have piranhas once but nothing exotic ever wandered freely in our home. Currently my husband and I have four cats and some tropical fish. The cats are Terje (17), Seymour Butts (12), Tiny Toes (3) and Dikembe (2).
The four cats thing was a total accident. We had the older two when we moved into our house, but shortly after settling in we discovered some feral kittens living under the porch. We were never able to really tame them, but one kept hanging around and would sneak in my office window sometimes and sleep on the couch. We started calling her Tiny Toes and planned to trap her one day and get her fixed, but she managed to get herself knocked up before we had a chance. We aren’t completely sure what happened next, but one day our neighbor showed up at our front door with a four week old kitten in his hands and explained that he found it in his yard, and he thought it was Tiny’s, and that she had been hurt and abandoned them. We found two more kittens in his yard, and took them in, thinking that Tiny was a goner for sure. We raised the little ones, and found homes for all but one, who we kept. Around this time, Tiny showed back up. She was limping, but ok otherwise. We trapped her this time, took her in and got her fixed up, and eventually decided she needed to just be indoors where she was safe. So, now we have a big furry family.
Oof, I don’t know. The Snorffles & Meeps books are something I am pretty proud of. I like the foxes on the trampoline a lot, and the cat in a bag. They are just so simple and make everyone smile. I like the things that are fun to make and fun to look at. The best is when something I am making can make me giggle while I am working on it, and that is what I strive for.
All of the art I do under the neenerbot name is very close to my heart, and done purely out of the love of doing it. I don’t do anything I don’t feel like doing. I work full time outside of this as an Art Director where I have to appease many different people, so when I do my own art I make a point of being very careful about only doing what I want to do. It means I am very particular about what I create and what I sell, but it also means they come from the heart.
Jeannine does the Con circuit and will be at New York Comic Con Oct 8th-11th at booth #407. If you are going, visit her and tell her you read about her here.
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