Hey there!     
I'm Shelby Elizabeth, an illustrator living and working in Austin, Texas.

In 2014, I graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, where I obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration.
My artwork is completed using primarily traditional mediums, concentrating on pen and ink. From a young age I was attracted to the qualities of ink drawing. The permanence of each mark, rather than being intimidating, has always and excited and challenged me. The need for patience, attention to detail, and at the same time spontaneity lends itself to the beauty of the medium. Expressing the world through line, whether it be creating the course texture of a tree or the soft delicacy of a flower petal, allows me to understand each object I draw with more clarity.
Currently, nature has been my primary focus. I enjoy rendering plants and animals to both improve my own abilities and to depict their expressive nature. Exploring wildlife, either directly from life or through a photograph, helps me to reinvigorate my passion for nature.
In addition to my wildlife drawings, I love creating illustrations for classic fairy tales. Illustration has often accompanied the retelling of fables to give them life and further meaning. It's my delight to carry on the tradition of depicting timeless fairy tales and modern lore.
In the future I hope to challenge myself further and dedicate myself to pen and ink illustration. 
Thank you for visiting!
Shelby Elizabeth
Honors & Exhibitions
'Art Will Save Us' Show
2018   Cherry Cola Dog Gallery, Austin TX
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'Bling Bling' Show
2017   Art.Work Gallery, Austin TX
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'Pancakes and Booze' Show
2017    Elysium, Austin TX
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'Alcohol Art Show', Super Rad Collective,
2017   Jerry's Artarama, Austin TX
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'Baby Animal' Show, 
2017   Terra Toys Gallery, Austin TX
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'Hive Mind', Super Rad Art Collective,
2017   Jerry's Artarama, Austin TX
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Featured in dpi Magazine, Vol. 203
2016   March Issue
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Juror's Award: Best of Ringling 2014, Juror David Saylor
2014   Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota FL
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Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition
2014   Society of Illustrators, New York NY
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'The Sketchbook: Close Up'
2013   Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota FL
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Van Porter 'Artist of the Year' Award
2010   Arts and Design Society, Fort Walton Beach FL

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