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‘Shadowhunters’ fanartist series: Spotlight on Phil @phildrawsfanart

"Having people enjoy my art is the cherry on top of the cake"

Remember our #ShadowhuntersPosterChallenge series? We here at Pure Fandom love and support fanart and that’s why we would like to launch a new series focused on presenting fan artists.

Fanart is the heart and soul of a fandom. It’s fanart that keeps fandoms alive, it’s fanart that continues to tell the stories we are familiar with from a whole new perspective and it’s fanart that creates new images in our heads and hearts. Moreover, fanart means new content for content-starved fandoms and consequently inspires even more creativity.

Let’s not forget that all fanart is a love letter to the fandom and deserves to be recognized. So… spotlight on our amazing fan artists!

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Introducing Phil, aka @phildrawsfanart

First in our series is an interview with @phildrawsfanart. Her art is so popular within the fandom that she was asked to sell it at the recent “The Hunters of Shadow 3” convention in Paris (find our coverage here). Let’s take a look beyond the twitter handle we all know and get to know the person behind it. Philipine (or Phil, as she prefers) is 24 and comes from France. Her earliest childhood memories revolve around holding a pen and creating art. It quickly became a real passion and turned into something more serious when she was twelve years old.

There was no stopping Phil once she discovered the Shadowhunters fandom a few years ago. She started becoming extremely invested in drawing and making a name for herself. At the moment, she mainly creates artwork for the Shadowhunters fandom, but would also like to explore BTS in the future as “it’s a whole new world.” But first – let’s talk to her about her art for the Shadow World!

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Interview with Phil

Phil, thanks for taking the time to talk to us about your art. What made you decide to create art for the Shadowhunters fandom?

Honestly, I have no idea, but I think it was mostly because I immediately loved the portrayal of Magnus. I adored his mannerism (and still do)  and the way he was dressed up when I first saw him in season 1. I was inspired by him and then I fell in love with Malec and felt the urge to draw them. The fact that I could also put my love for fashion into my art also gave me ample inspiration to continue and fall in love with making artwork for this TV show.

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Shadowhunters fanart series
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From the idea to the finished product: How long does the process of creating a drawing usually take?

Oh, it depends on many different factors, for example, how familiar I am with drawing a character, how inspired I am and how many breaks I take – so it’s hard to pinpoint it down in terms of hours and days. Apart from that, it all depends on how big and detailed the artwork is. For a big one with multiple characters and background, it can take one full week (plus some very late nights) to two weeks. For a full body character, I would say up to 5-6 days, for a simple portrait 1-2 days.

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In your opinion, what top 3 qualities should an artist have?

Passion, attention to details and enjoying what you are doing at the moment. If you don’t take pleasure in drawing your art, it will be felt when people see it.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has been supporting me throughout my adventure in the Shadowhunters fandom. I feel blessed to be a part of it and to have people enjoying my art is the cherry on top of the cake. So thank you from the bottom of my heart! Love you all!

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Watch out for our interview with @noksindra_art!

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Silke M. Powers

Fictional worlds and words have always been my best friends. A college teacher and professional writer in real life, I use writing fandom stuff as my personal form of escapism. Love all things Sherlock (BBC), Shadowhunters, Star Trek and Harry Potter. Enjoy Lucifer, A Discovery of Witches, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, CAOS, True Blood and The Originals. Avid reader, traveler, introvert, fangirl. Hate Mondays and drama, love coffee and laughter.

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