Christie Shinn is the creative force behind the art series ‘Personal Monsters.’ These illustrations feature the darker sides of human nature, often the ones we wish we could deny in ourselves. FangirlNation.com caught up with Christie Shinn to discuss the creation of ‘Personal Monsters’ and what it means to her.
FGN: What inspired you to create ‘Personal Monsters’?
Christie Shinn: It was watching man’s inhumanity to man. Joke. Actually, it was me excising one of the worst moments in my life. I had a lot of people that weren’t really great in my life: users, backstabbers, etc. I call it a personal evolution recorded in time. I decided to draw ‘Personal Monsters’ in a healthy way to get out all the anger, hatred, and just plain angst about the situation and having me feel I could do something healthy about it.
FGN: Are there any of the ‘Personal Monsters’ that you feel a personal kinship with?
Christie Shinn: Oh ALL of them. I felt personally invested in each and every one of them. Everyone loves talking about nice and sweet things about being personally invested. What people don’t really want to admit or see is that hatred and anger show the same amount of investment. It’s not positive, but it’s definitely a motivator. The challenge is to not let it consume you in a horrible way, but as an impetus to create something that people can relate to. In this case I wanted people to nod and grin about their past crap experiences.
FGN: Do you feel constructing ‘Personal Monsters‘ has changed you? If so, how?
Christie Shinn: It really empowered me. People say that the healthy thing to do is to express your feelings. However, there were times I was expressing my feelings all the time. However, it didn’t make it ‘go away’ or reduce in its virulence. So, this enabled me to take the oh-so-very-ugly feelings and enabled me to pretty much go, “F*CK YOU I’M CALLING YOU OUT!” It’s been remarkably cleansing as it’s enabled me to not personally be engaged with those people anymore, yet I am getting out my anger on how crappy they acted and how it made me feel. It enabled me to have a voice without being destructive all-round.
FGN: Can you give us a hint on what else you’re working on now?
Christie Shinn: I’m working on a comic series called, “Sepulchre” . I do have a comic story that will be published in ‘Pocketbook Heroes’ by Bare Bones Studios in their anthology. I’ll also be working on more ‘Personal Monsters’ so that I have enough material for a book format. Other than that, I’m being a happy, busy, bee drawing more stuff.
FGN: Where can our readers keep up with your latest projects?
Christine Shinn: I mostly update on my Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Patreon. I usually do minute-by-minute updates on all of them, save Patreon – however, I do update the last one quite frequently. Other than that, people are more than welcome to shoot me an email.
FGN: Do you have anything else you’d want readers to know about ‘Personal Monsters’?
Christie Shinn: I’ll be making more of them. Rest assured. I do hope it resonates with you deeply on a certain level that is positive… or if you’re one of them, be sure you change for the better. The world has too many of them as it is.