Artist Interview–Shane Burke

Books, Blogs, & Bits is proud to present: our very first artist interview!


ShaneShane Burke is a Graphics Designer, Illustrator, and Artist that works out of the Modesto, California area. He works in all mediums; oils, acrylics, water color, charcoal/pencil, pen and ink, pastels, colored pencils, and much more. 

Shane is very familiar and up to date with most design software including Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Final Cut, Dream Weaver, Flash, Premiere, After effects, Toon Boom, and many more. 

Shane has completed many commercial assignments in the film and entertainment industry to include movie posters, video production, motion graphics, album covers and art, children’s book illustration, character design, concept art and story boards, graphic novel illustrations, product illustration, package design and web development, and many more.

And as if he wasn’t busy enough, Shane also accepts commissions for private collectors and has completed many portrait illustrations, landscapes, murals, and custom art pieces for art lovers all over the world.

Without further adieu, here is BB & B’s interview with this fabulous artist:

BB & B: What is your favorite medium to work in?

Shane: That’s a tough one.  Pen and ink was my first love.  But over the years acrylics have grown on me. 

 BB & B: What captures your eye and makes you want to translate that vision into artwork?

Shane: I believe I look at the world through different eyes than most.  I see depth, value, contours, horizon lines, vanishing points, contrast etc.  I look at things as simple as the road while driving, and how I would create the scene on a sheet of paper.   But new things seem to inspire me most.  A new road I haven’t driven down, a new idea, new moment, new person, new feeling, or even a new pen or pencil and new pad of paper. 

 BB & B: What style would you say is your specialty?

Shane: Since I was very young I thought the more accurately you could render an image, the better the artist you were.  I have dedicated all my life to realism, and I believe that is what I am best at.  As I grew older, I realized great artists render a feeling, emotion or idea, not just realistic images.  Now I do my best to create both. 

 BB & B: Do you have any unique techniques that you use?

Shane: As a young man walking through the museum I wasn’t sure what made

beautiful couple in embrace

beautiful couple in embrace

good art.  I still don’t.  But RembrandtHarmenszoon van Rijn makes me stop every time. I enjoy the contrast from very dark to bright in his work. 

I like to use dramatic contrasts with lighting whenever possible, and let the contrast form the image.  

 BB & B: If you could create your dream project, what would it be and why?

Shane: Since I was a kid I loved comic book art, and studied my favorite artists work.  I have stories written in my head that are decades old.  My dream project would be to get all of those stories onto paper for others to see. 

 BB & B: What do you love best about being an artist?

Shane: Tears.  I do a lot of commercial art, but private collectors are usually more emotionally attached to the work I create for them.  Most of my work is sent out in the mail, but whenever I can, I like to deliver them myself so I can see their reaction.  I feel great honor and pride in creating something so dear to collector’s heart.  And incredibly lucky to be able to make a living this way.     


BB & B: What can fans expect from you in the future?

Shane: I have illustrated several children’s books and have a couple more that should be available in the next couple months.  But I will be taking a stab at writing and illustrating my own stories for teens and adults.  It’s time to get these stories out of my head.  

 BB & B: Do you have any tips for new artist?

Shane: It doesn’t matter how great your art is if nobody sees it.  Do anything and everything you can think of to get eyes on your work. 

wedding bliss

wedding bliss

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If you’d like to see more of Shane’s work or connect with him on some projects of your own; this is where you can find him:


Make sure to check out the children’s books: here


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Character concept illustrations done for NANCY BROOKS, Author.


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