Emily Manderscheid is an EDAC Digital Illustration and Sequential Art graduate from 2016. Emily entered the illustration program knowing that afterwards she would pursue a career as a tattoo artist. Here’s some words from her on how she made the transition from digital illustration to tattoo work over the last year.
“Transitioning from illustration to tattoos was not easy. It’s a completely different medium and arguably one of the most difficult, as you’re working on something that’s organic. Not only do you have to know how to draw, but you need to understand how skin works in terms of how it stretches and reacts to needles. You need to be able to keep track of everything you touch and how to dispose of anything that’s contaminated as well as understand how to sterilize anything that’s been contaminated. You have to pay attention to every detail with a surgeon’s assiduity.
Having said all that, it’s incredibly rewarding. I love talking to people, I love hearing every one of my client’s stories. They’ve been through some incredibly heavy situations, and sometimes I like to think that sitting down for a tattoo can be a form of therapy. I often receive hugs, gifts, and take photos with my clients. Not only can I provide them with a tattoo, but I’m also creating the art that will be a part of their story.
I am also continuing to illustrate. I still use my tablet and Photoshop at work, to fine-tune my tattoo designs. I’ve been getting commissioned to make full-size fan art posters for Quentin Tarantino movies, and Rick and Morty. People are also still buying my cat pins I designed at EDAC, they have their own display in the shop now.
Becoming a tattoo artist has always been in the back of my head, I just never thought that it would be a realistic goal for me in terms of where I was at artistically. After the DISA course, any artistic ability that I had before-hand became incredibly improved with the help of Emily Chu and Lee Neilson as my instructors. Additionally, I was equipped with the knowledge of how to market and brand myself with the help of Heiko Ryll and Jeremy Pudlowski from the Digital Media Production program. Of course, I’d also be no where right now if it weren’t for my mentor Sean Reif, or as I call him, Tattoo Dad.
I have a long road ahead of me, and I’m still learning, but I’d like to thank everyone from EDAC for the great experience. I’m so happy that I’ve made it this far.”
Emily currently works at Ragnarok Studios @ 10102 98 Ave Fort Saskatchewan
Follow Emily on Instagram @s_ymmetry