This week, Wendy and Adron talk with artist and illustrator Karen Hallion.
Karen’s whimsical, storytelling illustrations are hugely popular – you might even be wearing one of her shirts right now! She creates licensed work for Marvel, Lucas Arts, Hasbro, and Cartoon Network. And her illustrations often feature some of pop-culture’s more beloved heroes – some in fascinating “what if…” situations. From Doctor Who to Frozen to Star Wars, Karen Hallion’s illustrations can often push our imagination into new places, crossing fandoms and planting seeds of new adventures.
Her art can be found on We Love Fine, Etsy, Society 6, and Red Bubble. Her T-shirt designs are frequently featured on popular retailer sites TeeFury and The Yetee.
Karen is from a small town in Massachusetts just north of Boston called Nahant. She went to Ringling School of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA in Illustration. She currently lives on the north shore of Massachusetts.
In this interview, we talk to Karen about her road from being an elementary school art teacher, a job she adored, to full-time artist. We discuss some of the advantages and challenges of working for yourself, from your home.
She tells us how she has employed her family to help balance her business, allowing her to focus on art and her social media relationships and marketing. We discuss the influence social media has had on her popularity, the opportunities presented by online retailers, the challenges of working conventions, and the fellow artists that still leave her starstruck.
Karen will be joining us for our How to be a Nerd for a Living panel at Emerald City Comicon 2015! If you’re attending ECCC, find out all the info on that Saturday panel here.
More from Karen Hallion:
- Like Karen on Facebook.
- Follow her on Twitter: @khallion
- View Karen’s online portfolio.
- Shop her Etsy store.
More Nerd For A Living podcasts featuring Karen Hallion:
- Episode #18: San Diego Comic Con “How to be a Nerd for a Living” Panel
- Episode #10: “Marketing Your Art Online Panel” at C2E2 2014
This production included music from audionautix.com.