Archive for the ‘digital’ Category
Post by Angie Brown
Self-described as a “somewhat edgy illustrator,” Timothy Banks paints and draws for magazines, books, children’s books and character development projects. He has worked with a lot of cool clients like Nike, Cartoon Network, Marvel and Paste Magazine, and hopes to land a children’s book deal sometime this year. Tim started doing all of his commercial work digitally about 3 years ago, and uses Sketchbook Pro. He currently lives in Charleston, S.C. with his family.
My favorite things about Tim’s style include the energetic texture created by his sketchy linework, the excellent use of color and the way he masterfully blends “innocent and sweet” with “creepy and ominous” in a somewhat edgy way. Tim’s got a wicked sense of humor.
Charles Huettner is an animator and illustrator working out of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Late Night Work Club, a group of animators working on their own independent short fim collaboration. The first of these films, Ghost Stories, is due out later this spring!
Stephen Haigh was born in Philadelphia Pa.,where he now resides with his wife Michelle, 2 cats, and 1 stubborn dog. Stephen works as an Illustrator, painter and sometimes as a Designer. He also teaches Illustration and Design related classes at art centers and after-school programs in the Philadelphia area. He enjoys the uncertainty of working in collage based mediums and has long been attracted to the weathered, rusted and worn objects in and around the city. Stephen collects old found objects and occasionally picks them from the trash.
View more of Stephen’s work: Portfolio
Jim Madsen has been illustrating in the educational software industry, children’s publishing, and advertising industry for the past 15 years. He has illustrated more than 75 books over this period of time. Jim is a graduate of Brigham Young University and lives in Provo, Utah with his wife Holly and three children.
Paul Holland’s work is executed with a blend of both wit and sensitivity. His works are often enriched digitally, introducing fanciful dimensions and elements of realism. A fascination with popular culture and the juxtaposition of stark motifs alongside the familiar inspire his unique perspective.
Originally from Florida, Eleanor studied at the University of South Florida, receiving a B.A. in Fine Art before relocating to Philadelphia, PA in 2005. Best known for her graphic animal illustrations, she has worked with an impressive group of clients that includes Keds, Urban Outfitters, and the San Diego Zoo.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Dan Stiles creates art that is a visual combination of music and design. Over the past 15 years Stiles has collaborated with artists, labels, promoters, and major corporations to create identities, custom packaging, and limited edition collectable art and merchandise. Stiles is perhaps best known for his Poster Art, working with artists across multiple genres the likes of Death Cab for Cutie, Sonic Youth, and Wilco.
Illustrator Kirsten Ulve hails from the town of Dubuque, Iowa. Her obsessions with fireworks, puppets, discotheques, as well as a previous career as a graphic designer have all contributed to the style and mood of her work. She has exhibited her work in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Tokyo, and is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, and Boston Magazines. Kirsten currently resides in Manhattan with her husband and two black cats, Romulus and Remus.
See more of Kirsten Ulve’s work on her website.
Dan Gray (working under the name Little Gonzales) is an Australian-born, London-based pop illustrator who has worked with clients including Graniph, Microsoft, Warner Music, Computer Arts Magazine, General Pants Co and The British Council.
Check out more of his colorful, bold work on his website.
We recently featured artist Maria Carluccio’s lovely, lovely work here on the IF Blog. Well, there’s more inspiration where that came from! Maria was kind enough to share a video with us where she shows how she works and where those textures come from! I think you’ll love it:
Also to inspire you: a quick interview done with Maria by a student:
How did you establish as an illustrator?
I think my career as an illustrator really started to emerge when I began working at Hallmark cards. I started to build my confidence by working there and then after that I worked with a rep for many years to establish my freelance work
How did you put together your portfolio? Did you select your work based on the markets, subject matter, or style?
I select my favorite pieces first, then I always include other things that I think represent the market I get most of my work in. Since I do many different things I try to pick the top 4 categories and focus on those. For me it’s books, stationary/gift, children’s decor, and adult decor.
Who are some of your biggest influences?
I love children’s book illustrators like: Robert Roth, Catia Chien, Jon Klassen. Plus artist like Paul Klee, Sonia Delaunay, Rex Ray and Nick Wilton. Just to name a few, there are tons more.
What were the most difficult aspects of illustration in school, after graduation, at the start of your career, and now?
Finding paid work that is creative. Just know when you get out of school that you have to show you know the technical stuff, that will help get opportunities to show off your creativity.
What do you think of the current trends in illustration, and where do you think this field is heading?
I have felt for years that design and illustration are merging together more and more. Since I’m part illustrator part designer I love that. I think that technology is great but it’s a tool, we can’t forget that it’s ideas that make a real difference. It seems that to be well rounded, embrace technology but always challenge yourself creatively whatever way you are personally drawn to.
Please describe your process from getting contracted by a client to finishing the project.
That’s hard to pin point. I’ve been doing it for so long I think people see my work on a card or product and then they find me from there. I try to put my name is on everything I do.
How do you come up with ideas?
Sometimes I sit down and sketch but most of the time I just keep my eyes open all the time. I see what products I like and ask myself why I love it so much. Ideas always reflect the life your living I think. It’s where your at, what you keeps coming into your consciousness. Certain themes resonate, I follow those themes weather I have a client to buy it or not. I try to have faith if I love it others will too.
What do you think is the best way to promote yourself as an illustrator? Are book portfolios still in demand?
I guess promotion is an intuitive thing. I’ve tried many different things over the years (sourcebook ads, postcards, email blast, facebook etc.). I honestly can’t tell what has worked the best. I wish I could. Right now, I am redoing my website, updating the art and all the overall functions. I think making your site as beautiful and easy as possible is the best promotion. After I finish the new site I plan to try to promote it a bit. I may advertise on line or do an email blast.
What is the most difficult part of being an illustrator, and what is most rewarding?
Most difficult- balancing the money. I make ends meet but most freelance illustrators really have to hustle a lot to keep the money coming in.
Rewarding- The freedom to execute a great idea you love. To see your images come to life. I love when I do something and I think “damn, I pulled it off, how did I do that?”
What advice would you give to an illustration student?
I just kept working year after year, doing things I thought could translate into products. I would do little calendars, cards and posters in my free time. Even when I worked jobs that were not super creative I always had the stuff I loved on the side. Always keep what you are inspired by alive, somewhere.
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