Vanessa Ramirez is a Serial Doodler and Sculptor of Things. Her sculptures and drawings tend to be expressive snapshots of monsters in their daily lives. Her monsters are a mixture of cute, odd, and just a touch neurotic. Vanessa’s creativity and imagination are fueled by a lifetime love of traditional and stop motion animation. See what’s she up to next in my latest interview.
Anyone who knows you knows you’re fascinated with sharks. When can we expect shark sculptures from you?
I LOVE SHARKS. And 2017 is the year. I will be releasing my first resin sharks tomorrow [February 3]. There are two different version that will be available. I will have more information about the second release on my social media feeds and of course progress pics if you like that kind of thing.
What does the future hold for the Dark Nesh?
The Dark Nesh character is a lot of fun to draw and using that character in some way is something I have been rollin around my head for a while. I have some ideas for a comic of sorts that I am hoping to get to this year if I can get enough material together in a way that makes sense. So she’s still wandering around in the background wreaking havoc.
How do you balance your art life with your day job?
It’s not always easy but I find planning helps. Things don’t always work out how I plan of course and there are days when it’s just not happening but planning is key. The hardest part is knowing when to stop. There are times I work way too late and have to be at work early and that is not great. So I try to stick to a quitting time that gives me time to unwind and sleep properly.
How will you keep your work fresh in 2017?
I will hopefully stay fresh by staying consistent. Continuing to work hard and push myself. Make things I want to see in the world from my perspective and expand the little world I am building one neurotic monster at a time.
Vanessa can be found making her creations under the cover of night from an undisclosed location in Los Angeles where she currently resides. Her works are available on BigCartel and her first shark release will launch tomorrow, February 3. She also has work available at Stranger Factory.