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Sara Schneider
Artist | Traditional Art
United States
My name is Sara Schneider, the girl behind Mad Girl Illustrations.

I am a 24 year old self-taught artist living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My aspiration is to become a great illustrator, and my influences are both modern comic-style and Art Nouveau, specifically the works of Alphonse Mucha. My work has been featured in small galleries, a film festival when I animated a short film on Hurricane Katrina, and one piece made for a local coffee chain was put on a shirt that were prizes for participants in a charity 5k run. A number of my illustrations pertaining to Alice in Wonderland will be compiled in a book alongside other artists from around the world. Publish date is currently unknown.

My preferred tools are ink and colored pencils, though I do use many other mediums including digital media. My preferred subjects are women.

I am bipolar, or manic depressive if you prefer, and often use my warped sense of reality in my work as well as a form of therapy. My work is improving all the time, so what you see now or in my gallery from 3+ years ago may not describe me or my style and vision tomorrow or next year. The only constant in life is change.

Feel free to visit my website for a more refined, cleaner perception of my work.
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Thu Aug 28, 2014, 6:26 PM


I have never been a constant artist, in fact sometimes I've gone months and years without drawing. So it's no surprise to what followers I do have now that I've been very absent from updates of any kind. I had hoped not to make a journal like this but I faced the inevitable a while ago.

In 2013 I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis. The arthritis is mainly in my left side, but affects my left arm the most as I use my hands constantly in holding things and typing on the computer and other such daily activities. My hand swells, the joints get fever, and sometimes it just hurts to do anything, even something as menial as holding a spoon for soup.

I have been on medication and injections to help soothe the arthritis and stop it from spreading or getting worse. And, for a time, these methods worked. Now they don't. I cannot draw anymore, it causes me a great amount of pain to try. What I did produce earlier in the year has been the worst quality of what I'm capable of. The pain has even effected how well I draw. So I have decided to give up drawing entirely.

As a firm believer in a reason for everything I have to look back at my life and what's happened to me, namely the 5 surgeries performed on my left arm alone to keep me able to draw, and wonder if I was ever meant to be an artist. It is a passion, but nothing I could ever make money from even if I managed to further my studies and skills somehow.

My art will stay up. My art website will stay up. If in the future I am free enough of pain to pick up a pencil again there may be more art then. For now and for the foreseeable future, there will be no more art from me.

Thank you as always to those who have supported me in these long years on DeviantART, some of you even before then. I'm glad we crossed paths.

Tip of the tea cup,
Sara


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ChiliGarlic Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hello! you got lots of lovely characters here and Gallery! ^_________^
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MGillustrations Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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ChiliGarlic Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you've very much welcome! Hope to see more ^__^
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jkrolak Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconblank-spaceplz::iconblank-spaceplz::iconpinkiepiecakeplz::iconblank-spaceplz:Happy Bday by kmygraphic:iconblank-spaceplz::iconpinkiepiecakeplz:
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ffleret Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweet gallery you have for yourself, miss~
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MGillustrations Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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ffleret Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure :bow:
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VanuInfiltrator Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hidden by owner?
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MGillustrations Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013   Traditional Artist
The comment was made by someone in reply to a comment I left on their profile, but they blocked me. So I hid their comment. Why do you ask?
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VanuInfiltrator Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Just curious :shrug:
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