Being heavily influenced by psychedelic cartoons, iconography, Art Nouveau, 60’s black light and Fillmore East Posters, Tiff McGinnis (aka Grande Dame) has successfully established her very own style and attracted a lot of attraction and praises to her glamorous art from all over the world.
I was born in Columbus, Georgia; Now I live in St Leonards-On-Sea, UK – on the south coast.
I had a lot of inspiration growing up – artists in my family, and a lot of encouragement and support for me to explore different mediums. I started teaching myself Flash back in 2002, when I made a music video for a spoken word track I had coming out on Tummy Touch Records. I was instantly hooked on the process – thus began my foray into animation. As far as my style – again lots of inspiration there – 60’s blacklight posters, Pinball, art nouveau revival, vintage comics, art deco, indigenous art, I could go on and on… Being self taught, has probably helped my work to stand out…
Around Feb 2016, a friend started suggesting to me to make “Facebook stickers”. I honestly did not know what they were, so I ignored her. But she kept bugging me to make them. When I realized what they were, I thought she was crazy. But when I had some down time last Sept, I went through my library of work stretching back 14 plus years and thought “right, what will work small”, and just started pulling bits I already had. I googled “how to make Facebook stickers” and at the time, found a page saying they were not accepting submissions. I thought “great, another fruitless endeavor”. But then I found this app called imoji, where artists can upload their own stickers. I started testing mine on their platform and pretty much instantly it kind of snowballed. Apple got in touch soon after, and then Facebook – and here I am a successful sticker artist. Bonkers!
I do not have a fave all time artist. I love too many. My favorite living painter artist is Don Pablo Pedro. I love Chad Vangaalen’s videos. Skinner’s stuff is super dope! Of course Grayson Perry as well! Also the comics of Robert Crumb and loads more.
At the moment, I am working on an animated short on the life and works of Southern Gothic author – Carson McCullers – to be screened in Rome July 14th at Carson McCullers in the World Centenary Conference. I am doing the music and all the drawings/ animations – a lot of work basically! Still have a good month left until I am done. Then I will have a little break, and relax. Hoping to release some more stickers on App Store and Facebook in fall time.
Keep doing it. Make art every day. Explore all mediums until you find the one that feeds your soul. Keep at it and eventually it will feed your belly.
I have fans??? Ha! Thank you for supporting me! Stay tuned for more!
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