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About Notsniw

Hello I'm Nots, short for Notsniw, and I am a Makeup Artist and Illustrator.

I was born in Toronto, Canada, then moved to Los Angeles when I was around 4. As a child my favorite subjects include drawing unicorns and eyes using glitter and colored pencils, pop music, and watching old school classics films on VHS.

Fast forward - I studied fine arts and received a bachelors degree at California Polytechnic University in Pomona California even thou afterwards I found out that I didn't even need to go to university as an artist. Nevertheless it was a great experience I must say because I learned a lot about using different mediums, studying various subjects to broaden my perspectives, and also creating wonderful networks.

After university, I worked in Los Angeles as a Graphic Design Layout Production Artist for Los Angeles Business Journal. Later on I took my position as an Art Director for a Photo Studio on Sunset Blvd. One of my true callings didn't really hit until I helped the in house photographer on a photo shoot because he needed me to check the makeup and clothing in order to minimize digital retouching.

My mind exploded with the thought of "how exactly do I apply makeup as smooth as possible in order to minimize retouching?"
Sooner or later I was the one doing all the makeup applications for head shots photo shootings of actors and actresses, as well as retouching them to learn what I needed to excel in for a great beauty application. One learns by retouching their own failures.

As soon as I discovered being a makeup artist was one of my true passions, I got so many jobs as a makeup artist! I quit my Art Director position to become a full time freelance makeup artist, and in between time I also worked freelance for MAC Cosmetics as a makeup artist. This is where I not only furthered my cosmetics application process, but really experimented with different cosmetics mediums and consistencies, as well as learning how to describe and talk about a product, which comes in really handy up to this date.

Years later I moved to Berlin, Germany, in which I live now. How I began my foremost true passion of illustration had somewhat to do with my makeup jobs. I had always carried a sketchbook everywhere with me. On films, and fashion shows traveling to Italy, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Austria, as well as in Germany, I would have a sketch book full of illustrations, inspired ideas, and projects that I would like to accomplish. I would use these ideas towards my illustrations.

Although I signed up as an artist with Society6 in 2009, I did not really start until late 2015.

My illustrations reflect Iconic Vintage Retro Pop Culture Fashion of Trendsetters. I am also addicted to Patterns and Animals / Pets dressed in human clothing.

My hopes that you will go on this life exploration journey with me as I share with you a little glimpse of me and my illustration inspirations, as you cherish the pieces that you choose to take from my journey into your own life, and somewhat enhancing your positive life experiences, little by little, bit by bit.



For the awesome people that bought Notsniw products, I would so love to see a picture of how you are using them. Get a chance to be featured on my social media.
You may tag me at @NotsniwArt #NotsniwArt or email pictures to

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as a backnote: background colors are totally customizable. Just shoot me an email at, and let me know which image you like in which background color. You can pull any color swap example and email it to me, and also pull the image of the one you like changed of of my Society6 store.

Notsniw joined Society6 on February 22, 2011. Verified on February 22, 2011.