Meet Jess Schuler of ‘Art By Jess” (and formerly known as ‘All Pets Cherished). She gets a lot of her inspiration from her menagerie of animals. Her sweet, whimsical art will appeal to the young and the young at heart.
Tell us about yourself! Where is your hometown? Where do you live now? Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of design? Any fun facts about yourself?
Hi, my name is Jess and I have lived in western NY for my entire life. In 1997, I bought an old farmhouse and recently celebrated 20-years of living here! I love living in the country, and I have an amazing view of the hills from my property. I’m lucky to have two wonderful children, a horse that I’ve owned for over 15 years, one dog, and two cats. My daily life consists of horse stalls and designing, but in my free time I enjoy trail riding with my horse, walks with my dog, and lots of camping in the nicer weather.
Tell us about the space where you do your work. Do you have an official studio or have your carved out a nook in your home?
I started with a desk in the small loft area in my house. I quickly outgrew that space and decided to convert a bedroom into my home studio. The first thing I had installed was white countertops that are 8-feet long each way. This gives me lots of room to spread out and work on many different projects at once. My latest upgrade to my office was a 27-inch monitor and a stand-up desk. A cute fox painting that I made a few years ago is one of my favorite focal points in this room.
What is your background in art/design? What got you started creating?
My mom was the first person to show me how to draw a horse when I was 3. I realized at an early age that I really loved to color and draw. Once she showed me that I could take ideas in my head and draw them out, I was hooked. I took art classes in high school and majored in Art. Unfortunately, there wasn’t really a good way to make money doing ‘fine art,’ so I started working at a veterinary hospital, and worked there for 13 years. Eventually, I looked into a new program that a college close by was offering in digital art. I attended classes full time and absolutely LOVED learning how to take my cartoon sketches and turn them into digital graphics that I could make into so many things!
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
My biggest inspiration for my designs are animals, but also ideas that my kids want me to draw for them.
When do you feel you’re most creative? Your least?
I feel the most creative first thing in the morning. I love getting up, grabbing some coffee, and getting my mind ready for the day. I try to get any new projects or new illustrations I’m working on doing during the morning and afternoon because I start to lose focus by evening. I’m definitely not a night owl when it comes to work, and on a weekday, I tend to turn in for the night early and get a full night’s sleep.
What are your favorite products to design on Zazzle?
My favorite products to design are invitations, paper plates, leggings, and wall clocks.
If you could wish for one new product on Zazzle, what would it be and why?
I would love if Zazzle had a spare-wheel cover for a camper. I’d love to see my artwork going down the road, and I think the possibilities for designs would be fantastic!
What was the very first Zazzle product that you sold?
The first product I ever sold on Zazzle was a baby shower invitation.
What Are Your 5 Favorite Products in Your Store?
Do you have any advice for new Zazzle Designers?
Don’t copy other designers. Be unique and make up your own designs. Use the recommended sizes, and don’t cut corners by trying to make a piece of artwork fit everything. Don’t use ‘quick create’ option just to fill up your store. Design with purpose.
Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you?