Step into the cartoony worlds created by Shiane Salabie and discover the amazing characters and happy energy generated by this talented illustrator. Children’s books, character design, concept art – she brings a captivating narrative style to every project she’s involved with.
Born in Jamaica and raised in New Jersey, Shiane graduated from the prestigious Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. Clients love the clean line work of her drawings, the vibrant palettes she applies and the intelligent questions she asks to understand the vision behind each brief.
“I’m an island girl at heart so I draw a lot of inspiration from the ocean, fish and tropical flora. I’m also inspired by fairytales, folklore and nursery rhymes because I read so many of them as a child who practically lived at the library,” she says.
Illustrations begin with multiple sketches as Shiane plans the poses, props and shape language of the composition to fit the overall mood of the brief. Then she adds colour and finishes the work digitally with textures and gradients.
Shiane has an appealing cartoony style. Her children’s illustrations use coloured linework which she paints over bringing depth and physicality to the image. Her character design work deploys linework and flat colours, while line illustrations often remain black and white for impact.