Creator Of The Month - Sara Hollohan
Welcome to Creator of the Month, where we feature an incredible creator from our community of fans and learn about who they are beneath the surface. This month, we have Sara Hollohan!
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Creator of the Month Questions
What city are you based in?
Tell us a bit about yourself!
I saw Jurassic Park at an impressionable age and believed every minute of it, so I studied paleontology in school. “The Next Alan Grant” isn’t actually a job title, so I became a geologist instead. I live and sometimes work in Calgary with my better half and our two children. I have a lot of pets, including six degus which are a sadly underappreciated companion.
What fandoms are you into?
Science fiction and video games for the most part. I am very into Star Wars these days and I love not only creating Star Wars art, but DMing a Star Wars TTRPG campaign for my friends. I grew up with a Nintendo controller in my hand and have been guild- and raid-leading the same Warcraft raiding guild for almost 14 years now.
What inspired you to become an artist?
I love to make things. The need to leave your mark on the world is a pretty primal one, and I like to do it by creating things. Art, crafts, sweaters, meals, huge plates of cookies, my garden. I’m always trying to create. I also use art as a way to help manage my mental illness. Depression likes to say “you’re worthless and pointless and you add nothing to this world” and being able to see and touch beautiful things you’ve made helps show you how much it’s lying to you.
Do you have an art piece that you are most proud of?
I went through a phase where all I wanted to make was galaxy inspired stuff, and I think a lot of really great works came out of that phase. The Galaxy Rex piece is a real standout not only because I got to dip in to my love of paleontology, but because it made the person who ended up buying it – a huge Jurassic Park nerd like me – just so, so happy. There is almost nothing better than watching someone really *connect* with a piece you did.
What is your most requested piece?
My altered Pikachu Pokemon card. Kids LOVE Pikachu and because I do so much Pokemon inspired work, I (delightfully) get to interact with kids a lot who VERY MUCH want to tell me all about their favourite Pokemon (spoiler: it’s Pikachu). It’s one of the best part of doing conventions and events.
Can you tell us about the process of making your work? Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get the best inspiration from being around other creative people. With the pandemic, a lot of that has been online, but that works just as well. Just consuming other creative works – even if they’re not in my specific art form at all – helps bring creativity to me. And also it’s just so nice to sit and scroll through endless pictures of talented people making beautiful things!
If you could give any piece of advice to new artists, what would it be?
I would say that there’s no one who can make the art that you do. If even if you’re worried that a subject or form or style has been “done to death”, there’s something you can bring that ONLY you can bring, and the world needs that thing.