After graduating Sheridan College with Bachelor of Applied Arts majoring in illustration I was doing everything but illustration. Dog walker and working with graphic design stuff. I was still developing a voice and aesthetic over the past 2 years. Until about 4 months ago I began promoting my personal illustration work. It's been a great all the feedback and attention my work has been getting. Magazine spotlights, interviews by the dozens blog.
Since I can remember. I have drawings from when I was 5 years old. I can still remember watching cartoons and drawing the characters. Growing up with Bob Ross I have a ton of his dvd's still. Maybe that's the next step introducing "happy little landscapes."
I use all found objects, old magazines and emphimera. Along with my scanner, the old cut and paste method and some photoshop techniques. Illustration is great it's more of a lifestyle then a job. As in your life revolves around illustration 24/7.
I pull from a mix of various inspirations, music, culture, family, b-horror movies, Gil Elvgren some of the heavy hitters in illustration today,Dadaism and other modern day collager's,swiss typography, band posters, vintage advertising the list goes on and on.
5.Your posters are a mix of Retro and Surrealism. How do you come up with the concepts?
The images sort of evolve on their own. As much as you can plan the rough stage, the final product is usually some what of a surprise. The concepts I develop are layered and juxtaposed in a way that can explode faces and intrigue the senses.
Yes, I've worked with Pre press production, corporate branding and motion graphics.
I definitely think the mentor protege relationship is an important thing. In school it was mandatory to take on a co-op or internship. I had the chance to briefly work with two amazing illustrators Shingo Shimizu and Dushan Milic. In an industry that is very abstract and not clear cut it's nice to see the process first hand.
Some time after the Easter weekend 2010 keep your eye out for my recent collaboration with Urban Outfitters and Society 6. They will be selling t-shirts, iphone & laptop skins on their online store sold exclusively at http://printshop.urbanoutfitters.com/product/31940/phone-skins?cl=1
Thanks for having me any last tips...Hustle! All the new comers get out there and you may be surprised at the response you get.
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