In keeping with the spirit of featuring talented people in the field of arts and entertainment who have something to share and say, I’m pleased to announce that we’re adding an Artist Spotlight category to our (already formidable) list of Cosplayer Spotlights! Kicking it off is New York based artist Stefanie Masciandaro, who is a graduate of the School of Visual arts in NYC. I interviewed Stef about some of her experiences, so read on to see what she has to say and also to look at some of her beautiful art!
1. To start off, tell us a little bit about yourself and your path as an artist to where you are today!
Hello hello hello! I’m Stef and I’m a New York based artist on a never ending path to figuring out where I’m headed. Art has always been a part of my life from the time I could hold a crayon…
When I got into high school I really began to explore my options and realized that I could pursue art professionally after connecting with a teacher. Prisma colored pencils and acrylic paint were my go-to mediums during that time for projects, while I’d always been exploring digital art in my own free time. When I got into the nitty gritty of my time at SVA, I realized that I had been doing digital art for more years than anything else, and it only made sense to keep up with it. It’s been almost a year since graduation and I’ve been juggling some exciting freelance cover jobs, two part time day jobs, and various other things. Every where I turn it feels like there’s something new to try and I don’t ever want to lose this momentum!
2. What is your favorite medium to work with, and what other mediums do you use?
The Photoshop Layer function really came in handy when I picked up silkscreening: essentially every color in your print needs to be treated as a separate layer. When I’m trying to figure out my print in digital form, I can test everything from color combinations to ink opacity and more. Each of these layers is printed out in black on a translucent sheet of vellum. The fabric of the screen is coated with a very thin layer of photosensitive goop called emulsion. After that layer dries in a dark room, you place one of your images on a light table. The light will harden everything that isn’t your design, and you are able to wash out the rest and have your stencil! (I still use SVA’s facilities and have to admit, everything there is pretty top notch.)
After you have your screen ready, you can either lay down your first layer or get to work lining up where it belongs on top of another. You can see through the screen before it’s filled with ink and set markers down to make sure it prints where it’s supposed to. Repeat all of that enough times and you got yourself a multi-layer print!
But then coming back to the fanart, I took it one step further and silkscreened a huge batch of posters for the cast as gifts and that was…really cool.