Jenn Schiffer - Artist Interview Series - Electric Objects

Jenn Schiffer

Jersey City, NJ

pixelbabes/emotions follows a neon character’s journey through a range of emotions who at times has to fake happiness, an exercise many of us know too well.”

— Alex, Electric Objects
Can we see a picture of your workspace and/or desktop?

This is a corner of my humble home office. I’m a web developer so I have 3 screens.

Where are you typing this from?

From my bed.

What do you watch/listen to while working?

Only the good stuff.

What have you been working on lately?

Drawing with robots, playing with watercolors. Just figuring out different ways to bring pixel art from the screen to IRL.

What work of yours are you most proud of?

My first pixel nude ever. It ended up in this Dutch newspaper alongside a sexy pinup Ned Flanders I drew. I like that underneath the butt is a pull-quote that says “Herbie Hancock was fantastisch.”

What tools do you use in your work?

My digital stuff is drawn with a web app I built called I also use Photoshop for animating my work. IRL I use ink, gel pens, watercolor. I own a lot of rulers and have a lot of patience.

Can you tell us about your process?

On paper I draw grids and then just color in the squares. On the computer, I built a lot of the tools I use, so as I draw pixel art I end up breaking away to work on software bug fixes. A lot of my art, especially the nudes, come from poses I found while going to lifedrawing classes.

Any last advice for the folks just starting out?

Always be making stuff and always be a good person.

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Favorite file formats?

.gif, .js, also .docx for its birth being a seminal moment in post-grunge file format creation

What are the best places to see your work?
What sites do you visit for inspiration?

Instagram & tumblr

Whose work do you follow?

Dan flavin, susan kare, jeanette hayes, miranda “lazy bones” lorikeet, henri matisse, all my friends

What are your favorite galleries, museums, exhibits, etc.?

MoMA, Whitney, the Met, David Zwirner gallery, anything with neon lights

Thanks for the interview,