It has been some time since we’ve had a new interview, hasn’t it? Hello, there fellow Den Lurkers! Today’s interview finds us in the Pixelated world of Nostalgia and Video Game Glory! We’re getting to meet Pixel Artist Lisa Cossentino-Miller, Better Known as Song Bird. Without further ado, let’s begin the interview!
Red: What was the inspiration for your business?
Songbird: I was born in the 80s and my first gaming system was Nintendo. Retro gaming has been a huge inspiration in my life and still enjoy gaming today. My business is called Songbird Pixel Art because before I became an artist, I went to school to be an opera singer. I performed for a while, but my true calling is my art career.
Red: With the ongoing pandemic due to COVID-19, how has this affected your business?
Songbird: It’s been difficult because I make majority of my sales at conventions. During all of 2020, my business suffered significantly, especially that I don’t sell very much online. However, with some of my extra time, it allowed me to create new products such as my coasters and standees. I was also able to sit and sketch on paper some new designs as well, which is something I love doing.
Red: Anime and Manga have become a bigger presence in both Pop Culture and the Box Office, has it helped expand your business and bring in new ideas for your products?
Songbird: Absolutely! I tend to do Anime Conventions when they are happening and so I tend to draw quite a few characters. Also, having new shows becoming available on other streaming services besides Funimation and Crunchyroll helps to expose me to more Anime out there
Red: How long have you been creating Pixel Art?
Songbird: I’ve been creating pixel art since 2013.
Red: Do you have any advice to give for creators and artists?
Songbird: Regardless of what medium you choose to work in, whether it’s pixel art, acrylics, charcoal, pencils, etc. Keep practicing everyday because it allows you to grow as an artist.
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