About Salt'n Burn
If you read Salt'n Burn and go all 'huh?!?', you probably never watched the TV show Supernatural. In short it's a show about two brothers who hit the road in their '67 Chevy Impala, hunting for supernatural phenomena, while slowly uncovering the mystery of their own family history and turning their lives into a whirlwind of events in the process. Since I am very much obsessed with this show I decided to dedicate the layout and the name of my site to it.
Salt'n Burn is a catchphrase of the show, describing the ritual of salting and burning human remains in order to bring their malevolent spirits to rest. Some might think it's an odd name for a fanart site, but since art is the salt of life and we all burn for our obsessions it might not be as far fetched as it seems ;)
I started creating fanart with Photoshop around September 2005 and pretty fast it became an addiction of mine. I played around with fanart before, but only got really into it when I became obsessed with AtS and I was looking for a new way to express my love for that show.
For me fanart is a creative way to process the strong emotions something (a movie, a show or a song) evokes in me. I look for raw emotions in my artwork, that's why I usually do scenic art and rarely art about celebrities, I also prefer working with screencaps rather than with promos or photoshoots because promos, while they are clean and usually of very high quality, mostly lack emotional expression.
For some reason blending is my favourite art-style, since its seamless structure transports emotions best for me, borders always seem to include or exclude something, which just doesn't fit with my style.
So usually I take a scene or moment from a show/movie that touched me and try to bring the essence of why it touched me onto the canvas. When I am really inspired I might even be able to project my personal intake of a scene into the artwork, adding a metaphorical or symbolic level to it.
I mainly try to avoid any elements in a piece that have no clear relation to the topic of my wallpaper, therefore I rarely use decorative brushes for example. But as I am still learning and experimenting in Photoshop these preferences might change over time.
My name is Christiane, but most people on the net simply call me Chris. I live in Germany and apart from fanarting my interests are widespread. I love movies, books and music and if I am not busy with any of these you can most likely find me over at BuffyForums.