Features Week July Day 3: Hannah Rumeau

How long have you been creating?

Technically, about 20 years. One of the oldest creations I remember was a picture of Disney’s Robin Hood Fox and Maid Marian from when I was 6 or 7. I was obsessed with the film at the time. Although I wasn’t really serious about art as a career until my junior year of high school.


What inspired you to become an artist?

Good stories, mostly. A lot of the art I grew up making was inspired by books, movies, or games. I decided that I wanted to make cool stories too, and I had to draw how everything looked. I love being able to have an idea for a character and then turn it into an actual physical concept. (Although I can’t always copy my imagination. It often involves some do-overs and crying.)


What medium(s) do you use for your art?

For traditional art I use graphite pencils and ink. For digital art I have a Surface Pro tablet, Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint, and Krita.


Which of your pieces is your favorite?

 taveren - Hannah Rumeau

What artists inspire you?

So many! Trina Schart Hyman, Albrecht Durer, Alphonse Mucha, J.C. Leyendecker, John Howe, Lois Van Baarle (loish), Jon Foster, Claire Hummel, Charlie Bowater, and Matt Rhodes. I have lots more but these are some of the ones that inspire me most.


Do you have any funny stories related to your art?

When I was 11 or 12, I used to draw everyone with tiny torsos and waists. Like, not even Disney princess in a corset tiny. More like “wow, that person is malnourished and missing a lot of bones” tiny. Sometimes I drew warriors with beefy arms and their chest and waist would be only a tiny bit wider than their upper arms. It was bad. I honestly have no idea why, either. I guess I forgot that people had ribcages. Luckily I grew out of that. Now it’s fun to look back at it and cringe.

Also in high school I liked a guy, but I was super shy about it. I started incorporating parts of his appearance in a lot of my character art. Eventually all the dudes I drew started looking like him, so even though I didn’t tell a lot of people about my crush…everyone who saw my art probably knew. It’s kind of embarrassing to think about now.


What is the most challenging part of being an artist in the medium you’ve chosen?

I think it’s something that’s hard for any artist. There’s a continuous urge to get  better and do more, and it can be overwhelming if I don’t have an artistic purpose. Sometimes I need to improve but I’m not sure how, so I get stuck in my skill level comfort zone. Thankfully the internet exists, so there are lots of tutorials, forums, and affordable classes out there. But it’s always up to me to make use of the information I find.

That, and figuring out how to get my work seen and market myself has been difficult. I’m definitely still learning!


Is there anyone you’d like to promote?

Flatasabird! She’s working on a comic and has a lot of great character designs. The people she draws are so dymanic and expressive. She’s also super nice and really friendly! You can find her at @flatasabird on Instagram or Twitter, and her username is FlatAsABird on deviantArt.


Where can we find you on social media?

For Instagram, Twitter and deviantArt my handle/username is @harumeau, and I’m on Tumblr at harumeau-arts.tumblr.com. I also have a Facebook page that I update a little less frequently, Hannah Rumeau Art.

I’ve known Hannah for a while now and it’s amazing to see her art grow and improve over time. She’s going to be famous some day so you should jump on this hype train!

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