Artist #4: Lorna M. Stephens

29 Jan

Lorna M. Stephens is another one of those amazing online finds. Also known as SullenSkrewt on deviantART, Lorna creates masterful paintings. Fan art makes up the main body of her work, but with her own style splashed artfully over it. I do gush a lot but my jaw honestly dropped closer and closer to my desk as I browsed her gallery. It’s a fantastic collection, featuring Harry Potter, Watchmen, classic screen legends and, most prominently, the Joker. I hope you’ll swing by her dA after reading if you like her work.

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What first interested you in art?
My interest in art started as a child. One of my earliest memories is painting a boat on the sea in Nursery school. I remember the poster paints I used had a perculiar smell to them. I also used to draw portraits of my friends in primary school.

Did you get much encouragement to continue or make a career out of it?
It helps that my dad used to paint when he was younger and both my parents have always encouraged me.

What are your hopes for your artwork? Do you see it in your future as a career or just a hobby?
I would like to make a career out of it, but that’s a bloody difficult thing to do. Still, it’s everybody’s ambition to make a living doing what they enjoy most.

 Have you studied art or are you self taught? Do you have any plans to study it?
Although I studied art (college and University), art to some point is self taught…you paint what interests you and you come up with a style you like and a medium you are comfortable with. Advice and support are great but in the end, it’s up to you what direction you want to go with it.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
My inspiration comes from other artists and movies. I am a huge fan of the flicks and most of my painting is based on the enthralling characters that get my creative urge kicking.

Who are some of your favourite artists?
Many artists on DA can inspire me. It only takes one picture to inspire you and there are so many great artists on here and artists throughout history who inspire me. Probably more in the future that will inspire me still!


Which of your pieces are you most proud of?
The pieces I am most proud of are the ones that show a bit of experimentation to them. Although I use the Joker for a muse, there is colour in the character and he is great for getting me in the mood to experiment with my painting.

How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as realistic with a few abstract strokes thrown in for good measure.

Are you working on anything at the moment?
I’m working on a painting of a 50’s diner at the moment. I enjoy painting portraits but I wanted to try something a little different and create something with a story behind it. Whether it’ll work out remains to be seen.

What drew you to the themes or people you base a lot of your work on?
The fan art I paint is the stuff that I like…that’s pretty much it. If a particular character grabs my attention then I’ll probably end up getting my brushes out for him/her

Can you give me an idea of your creative process?
When I paint, I will grab a number of reference pictures that I might need. For example, I am using four picture references for the diner picture I am working on. I’ll do a rough compositional sketch and then break out the paints. I use good quality acrylic (longer drying time, thick and rich colour) and then just slap the paint on whatever area I fancy tackling first.


One Response to “Artist #4: Lorna M. Stephens”

  1. Artswebshow January 30, 2011 at 2:04 am #

    Wow, she is one seriously talented artist,
    These artworks have a very modern edge to them.
    Amazing artworks

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