Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Big Announcement! :D

As you all know, I'm an illustrator & painter at heart...

Commissioned piece (c) Erin McManness 2011 - { you can also view it larger here }

I have been drawing since I was a kid. I always got excited in school to decorate anything, and I'd literally give the poor project about 5 layers of art-overkill just because I enjoyed the process so much. My parents were divorced, so I'd see my dad on weekends, and he would always get out the easel and teach me how to paint landscapes (my dad is an AMAZING landscape painter). My grandmother also paints gorgeous landscapes and flowery still-lives. In high school, I always carried my sketchbook around with me, drawing anything typically "teenage-emo" (picture crying floating eyeballs, angsty lyrics; oh yes I was cool).

In undergrad I went in as a theatre-major; my mother always told me to try out a formal art course. I said, "No, Mom... I know what I want to do!" Then I took Scenic Painting. And I realized I wanted to be an Art Major. And realized my mom was right (as usual). I changed my major to Studio Art and have never looked back.

I have spent the last few years out of school combining day-jobs with freelancing, design and PR/marketing jobs, and odd artistic jobs to pay the bills. I have a love for stories and fantasy-settings, and usually my work revolves around these themes. I also have a major soft spot for Salvador Dali and the Surrealism movement and Alphonse Mucha and the Art Nouveau movement (who isn't intrigued by these?)

Guys... I feel like I have grown so much, especially these years out of school. I have taken the time to experience life and the world and have come to find what I want to do in life. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to go to grad school at SCAD this fall, and for the possibilities it represents for my career.

here it goes... 
the big announcement...

And I am pleased and so very honoured to tell you that a few weeks ago, I received an email from the one and only team at ImagineFX Magazine
A few pieces of mine will be in the mag in Issue 78!
I am super excited because this is my first major publication, and because ever since I started my artistic journey in undergrad, I have been a HUGE fan and avid reader of the mag. Many of my favourite artists that inspire me so much have taken part in this publication, and it's my honour to follow in their footsteps. If you are an illustrator, artist, or are just getting into working digitally, ImagineFX is a great resource. It includes tons of pro-artist interviews, tutorials, guides, and a full CD of brushes, templates, videos, etc etc. Once the printed issue is out and hits the States (it's a UK-based magazine), I'll be sure to shoot some photos of my work in the mag! My jaw literally hit the floor when I got the email, and I am so humbled and honoured to be able to share my work in this way! 

Thank you guys so much for reading, supporting my blog, me, and my work!


  1. Very Awesome. Congrats Erin!

  2. This is amazing - YAY! Huge congrats to you - you definitely deserve it!!! :D

  3. OH MAN. CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so insanely happy for you!

    That's was much bigger news than I expected. You're nearly famous now!

  4. I'm so glad for you! This is a big opportunity!!

  5. Congratulations, Erin! You deserve this. All of your hard work is paying off, for sure!!!! <3

  6. WOW!! Congrats Erin - that is such fantastic news! I'll definitely keep an eye out for your issue ^_^

  7. Miri are you serious!?? thats amazing!!!! I will be looking! :)

  8. Thank you so much, guys!!! I really appreciate the support <3

  9. Woooooo hoooo! Way to go, Erin! I can't wait to get the issue!

  10. Congratulations!! I'm very excited for you!

  11. That IS exciting. Congrats! I think I actually have one of the ImagineFX Magazines somewhere. I want to get this issue so I can have some of your artwork. THIS IS SO COOL!!!!! XOXO

  12. Erin, Sabrina, and Shayla - thank you girls so much :) :) xoxo

  13. [/late to the party]
    Dude, that's awesome! Congratulations!
    - Kupo

  14. XD

    Oh how I wish I'd been paying attention all along! I'm more proud of you than I've -any- right to be! :D But I always knew you would do amazing things, Eri-chan.


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