[ August 11, 2009 ]How would you describe the world you create in your illustrations?
It's my attempt, albeit a feeble one, to merge the asinine and the reasonable. I usually just refer to it as nonsensical sanity.
What I love about commercial illustration is the execution of my style to fit someone else's message. I really enjoy the process of being flexible and having to try and figure out a way to have my illustrative voice speak their words. The gallery world seems so stagnate to me at times... artist doing only what seems relevant to them, somewhat forgetting the necessity of communication to others. I always try to stay focused on my intent to communicate an idea. Sure, I can draw fairly decently but what really sets an illustration off is its ability to talk to the masses. If I can't make an illustration for the cover of Bottled Water Reporter Magazine (one of my earlier commissions) interesting then I am nothing more than a charlatan.
How did you get your first job?
I noticed you're represented internationally, how has it been working for clients outside of the US market?
I really enjoy the opportunity to draw hopelessly foolish looking characters. I consider myself fortunate that some clients seem to contact me specifically for such purposes. In fact, a former member of Monty Python came to me in need of a character design for an animation he had been developing. It was fun to settle down and draw a character that had been described as an "average Joe" type. To me the title of "average Joe" has pretty rotten connotations of laziness and a general blissful naïveté. I jumped right in -filling a sketchbook up with pictures of this bumbling, oafish, twit of a man and sent them along to the client. Though I was working on the project for a while and clocking rather unusual hours to accommodate the client's time zone it felt like I was on vacation.
What materials do you use?
How do you define beauty?
You seem to draw nude/partially nude men often, why?
What are you working on now?
I've been working on a largely illustrated novel. I did not write the text, rather it was written by someone who is competent, and who could be trusted with such responsibilities. At any rate, it should be a fun book that tackles complicated ideas of quantum physics, relativity, and other scientific areas of interest, and hopefully explains them in a manner that is entertaining and easy to follow.
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