Eva Marie Pfaff
Eva Pfaff has been a professional artist for over 20 years. She spent most of her youth exploring and experimenting with any medium she could get her hands on. She spent her school years painting figures on canvas, illustrating posters for the local ballet, painting theater sets and roughly 25 residential wall murals around central Illinois. Painting stories was her first love. She studied painting and drawing at ICC as well as The Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
At 21 years old Eva became fascinated by art in motion. Stop motion and 3d animation called out to her specifically. She dedicated her time to learning the digital arts at home and volunteered her new skills alongside her peers on local film projects in San Diego, CA. Such projects gave her opportunities to learn the film production process. Today, Eva is living her dreams, freelancing as an illustrator for children's picture books, making puppets and sets, and creating stop motion animations in her home state of Illinois.
Eva is most inspired by nature, books, music, life experiences, emotions, and the incredibly inspiring people she has been privileged to know. At this point in her life creating art is about self-awareness and her deep love for connecting with others. She always hopes to evoke feelings and unshroud helpful ways of understanding difficult situations. Her favorite narratives focus on morals, perspective, community, nature and balance.
Eva's process starts as an idea which turns into a short story or scribble in one of many notepads she keeps on hand. She gets excited to research, design, and craft the possible puzzle pieces together in beautiful, meaningful, and inventive ways. Her future goals are to continue improving her storytelling skills and make art that resonates with others.
Honors & Awards
Best Production Design , San Diego Film Awards & San Diego Film Consortium, Best Production Design, Daisy Belle, Halo Cinematic
Emmy Awarded for Graphic Arts - Art Direction/Set Design , The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Daisy Belle, Halo Cinematic
Associates in Art and Science
Illinois Central College
Academy of Art University San Francisco
Books Eva highly recommends...
Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light & Color by kevin D. Macpherson
Illusions of Life Disney Animation Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston
The Art of Storytelling by Hannah B. Harvey
Drawn To Life by Walt Stanchfield
The Advanced Art of Stop Motion Animation by Kenneth A. Priebbe
The Creative Thinker's Toolkit by Gerard Puccio
Van Gogh, A Retrospective Edited by Susan Alyson Stein
How to Listen to and Understand Great Music by Robert Greenberg
Art Forms in Nature by Ernst Haeckel
The Learning Maya 2009 Collection; Foundation, Modeling & Animation, Special Effects
How to Cheat in Maya 2010, Digital Sculpting with Maya; Essential Tools & Techniques for Artists
The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs by Tristan Gooley
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
The Change Code by Monica Bourgeau
Getting Relationships Right by Melanie Joy, Ph.D.
Your Best Brain by John Medina
Anatomy of Love by Helen Fisher
The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D.
The Red Book A Readers Edition by C.G. Jung
Pathways to Bliss Mythology and Personal Transformation by Joseph Campbell