Jenny makes gorgeous illustrations, sketches and commissioned art, and if you're lucky, you might find tiny and adorable gift from her in the upcoming Birthday Beauty Box! You can read all about her work and family on her website, and see tons of her adorable daily drawings on her business Facebook or Instagram. We asked her some questions about her thoughts on life, bath products, feminism, and nerd culture
In your own words, how would you describe yourself and your work?
I'm a helpdesk-nerd turned stay-at-home-mum who started doing commissions partly to maintain my sanity (see above re. stay at home parent) and partly to get my family and friends off my back about not making something of my talents! I'd always vaguely fantasized about a more creative career - and one where I never had to fill in another goddamn quarterly self-evaluation - and when my kid finally started sleeping for more than two hours at a time I thought, if not now, when? So I did one commission for a friend's anniversary, and she showed it to some friends, and it all snowballed from there. My work is mainly cute family portraits, but I'm trying to branch out a bit into comics, children's illustrations and even sculpting (as you can see!) I've tried basically every medium you can get your hands on at a craft store, but my favourites will always be pencil/inks and acrylic paint. I struggle to settle on one style or theme because I'm one of those people who just has so many feeeeeelings and they all want to come out in different ways!
Why are you a feminist and what does that mean to you?
What’s your favorite form of self-care?
I'm a manicure person! I used to bite my nails to the quick - they were painful, often even infected and looked awful. Quitting biting them has been my biggest victory over my anxiety to date, so I like to remind myself of that by keeping them pretty now. I love the whole process of removing varnish, shaping and buffing them, and applying a new perfectly neat, unsmudged coat of colour. I have managed to drag this process out to the point where it now takes over an hour. I always feel so much better afterwards! I also sometimes put on a full face of makeup just to hang around the house in pyjamas with my kid. It stops me feeling like a bridge troll, and some days I need that. (Other days, I just embrace my troll heritage.)
What’s your favorite fandom/geek interest, and do you have a favorite character?
What’s your favorite Ms. Andry product? What does it do for you?