I am a multimedia digital artist based in Northern California. A self-taught graphic designer and web designer, I have been creating cartoon-style children’s designs for my online business, Mandy’s Moon Personalized Gifts, since 1999. In 2015, I moved my online store to the Shopify platform and expanded to add a spin-off site, Say it With a Stuffed Animal. Since then I have also helped a number of artists, crafters, and small businesses get started with their own Shopify websites. My services include setting up Shopify stores, adding products, and training owners how to manage their own websites.
In the summer of 2018, I was introduced to Virtual Reality for the first time. From the moment I first put on a VR headset and discovered that I could draw swirling, sparkling trails all around myself in infinite 3D space in TiltBrush, my mind began spinning with the creative possibilities of this new medium, and I knew that creating in Virtual Reality MUST be part of my future!
As a child I spent hours drawing aliens, mystical creatures, animals, and imaginary places; now I can bring all these things to life in VR. I have spent a considerable amount of time exploring and learning all the VR creative apps, including Tiltbrush, Gravity Sketch, Tvori, ColoryVR, Medium, Masterpiece, Neos, Horizon, and more. I also create deep style art with deep dream generator and add motion to my 2D art with new motion graphics technology and creative video editing. I have not tied myself down to one particular style or app because VR and other digital art technology is constantly changing and I am having a lot of fun exploring them all! But if I had to describe my style, I would say it is colorful, whimsical, and intended to make people happy! And above all else, I love things that SPARKLE!!!
I am currently part of the volunteer administrative staff of the VRArtLive community – an incredible group of talented, innovative artists who are exploring this new world of Virtual and Augmented reality art together, sharing ideas, and helping one another learn and grow. Through this community I have had the opportunity to participate in shows, screenings, and challenges, and I co-directed the VRArtLive Galactic Safari show in August 2020.
I hope you enjoy my art! I take commissions on a limited basis as time allows. I am also available for building Shopify websites, VR or motion art commissions and/or lessons in getting started creating in VR as time allows. If you are interested in purchasing my art, I will soon be tokenizing some of my art for sale as Cryptoart. If you have a project you want to discuss, don’t hesitate to CONTACT ME or email me at Willowmoon8Art@gmail.com.