Hi! I’m Wendy Stephens and I’m a digital artist who works from my studio in Hertfordshire, UK.
I really love illustrating creepy women with a naughty glint in their eye, with a hint of realism and bright candy colours.
Although I studied illustration and graphic design at university I never really started any digital painting until I was on maternity leave in 2014. I used to draw and paint a lot as a little girl and teenager, but lost my way with art after starting my own graphic design business as I was just too damn busy!
Having my little girl gave me some thinking time to rediscover my love for art. I decided to specialise in one area, mainly painting women, so that I can uncover my style as organically as possible. Although I’m still working on it, I have friends who assure me that I do definitely have a style so that gives me the confidence to push forward.
I’m constantly working to improve my skills and speed the hell up. I definitely take way too long to finish a piece! I’m working through 1000 hours of digital painting practice with the idea being that by the end I should be better and faster.
The way I work:
I keep a notebook nearby and often write down phrases or ideas. I then usually pencil draw the idea, scan it in and work on it using a Wacom Intuos from there. I only use 2 or 3 differently shaped brushes (a soft, a hard edge and a ragged edge) and vary the opacity and flow while I paint. I work in B&W to get the tonal levels right first, before I add the colour, but I’m currently trialling a new way of working in colour from the start. You can watch my very short painting videos on youtube.
Lois Van Barle, Tara McPherson, Sarah Joncas, Charlie Bowater, Glenn Arthur, Kate O’Hara and about a million others.
A few things I’m proud of:
- I was featured on Society6 a few times
- I’ve had a (tiny) article in Advanced Photoshop magazine.
- I’ve done an interview here and here.
I’m also a graphic designer and very proud mum to my little girl.