Questions and Answers with Becky Dreistadt
What helps you be more creative? Travel has been the most beneficial to me! Going to comics shows gets me to a lot of different places. While I’m there I do a lot of architectural photography. I also try to visit a lot of zoos. I’m also very inspired by the work of others. more Questions and Answers with Becky Dreistadt
Character design by LAURA OSORNO
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Alphabet by FEEL ON DEMAND
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Illustration by NATA METLUKH
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Art by ANDREA DAQUINO
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New work by MARIO GARCIA
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Cool products by BENTHEILLUSTRATOR
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PARIS new pop-up book by SYLVIE BESSARD
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Artist TRACY MCGUINNESS-K
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Art by GREG PIZZOLI
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Illustration by MARK TODD
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Illustration by NICK OLIVER
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Questions and Answers with Jill McDonald
What advice do you have for illustrators? Be fearless. It can be scary & sometimes uncertain not knowing when or where the next job will come from. Just make art you love & stretch yourself. The rest will follow. more Questions and Answers with Jill McDonald Jill will be at Surtex 2013 May 19-21 in booth #712
Questions and Answers with Jannie Ho
What is something new you have noticed or learned recently? I learned that illustrators need to be in charge of their career by creating their own projects rather than waiting around for a job that fits with them. It is quite empowering. more Questions and Answers with Jannie Ho
Questions and Answers with Jeff Rogers
What advice do you have for illustrators? Don’t take more work than you can do. If you turn out 5 mediocre pieces in a week, you may have a little swell in your bank account but no one will call you back. If you took 2 and they turned out amazing, those clients will most likely give you more work and you will seem more “prestigious” and in demand to the clients you had to turn...
Interview with illustrator Eric Comstock
How do you want people to feel when they see your work? I want people to smile. I hope they might say, “Hey I never imagined a Robot or boombox or banana would look like that”. How did you get into illustration? I’ve always enjoyed drawing but I never felt I was good enough. Julie, my wife, and I owned our company (Cosmo Cricket) producing products in the scrapbook industry. It was 2007...
Lucy and the Anvil
The idea of a friendship between a little girl and an anvil does arouse curiosity. What inspired Lucy and the Anvil? Many of the best ideas spring from unexpected combinations. Inception is a fine example, wherein Christopher Nolan marries the notions of dreaming and corporate espionage. Little girls and anvils are a similarly unexpected union. The trick, of course, is finding just where and...
Questions and Answers with Carolyn Gavin
What helps you be more creative? I like large blocks of time devoted entirely to creating from beginning to end so I can really get into a project and not be easily distracted. Taking breaks is then productive and necessary. I also need to go away from time to time to recharge and energize the soul. On these trips, I usually try not to do much, just soaking up what’s around me for future...
Questions and Answers with Kathryn Macnaughton
Which commissions do you enjoy the most and which are the most beneficial to you, as a working designer / illustrator? I’d love to do more book covers. I redesigned 6 John Steinbeck novels for Penguin Publishing. That was a dream job. It was such a pleasure working with the art director (John Hamilton). I had complete creative control and I just loved the outcome of the books. ...
Questions and Answers with Neil Swaab
How would you like your work to be used in the future? Ideally, I’d like to be doing more creator-owned, self-initiated work. Client work is great and all that, but nowhere near as rewarding as doing your own thing. Ideally it would be great to be publishing my own books, writing and directing movies and animated projects, making weird products. In terms of client work, I’ve been...
Questions and Answers with Helen Dardik
What is something new you have noticed or learned recently? I’ve learned to say NO to things, projects, illustration and people whose vision I don’t share. I’ve noticed that it is almost always a good idea. An opportunity that doesn’t feel right is not an opportunity. more Questions and Answers with Helen Dardik
Questions and Answers with Thomas James
What do you think hinders creativity? Focusing too much on the business side of the industry and losing sight of yourself. I’ve always been a huge advocate of improving your business skills, but it’s so easy to get too wrapped up in what you think will sell and trying to cater creatively to unseen forces outside of your own true vision. more Questions and Answers with Thomas James
Questions and Answers with Jeff Meadows
Is your work more conceptual or decorative? Conceptual. Maybe it’s just the way my mind works. I never decorate much of my personal things, I wear plain clothes, not that fond of stickers, and don’t like frosting on a cake… I like simple things. I like hand lettering and graffiti that I can read, bold lines, and solid colors. When it comes to illustrating something, I think it...
Questions and Answers with Kenard Pak
How did your childhood influence your decision to pursue illustration? I grew up in an immigrant family with tired, strict parents that liked to read and sing. In many ways I found interest in art as an act of rebellion, and in other ways to continue their legacy of hard work and having fun where you can find it. more Questions and Answers with Kenard Pak
Questions and Answers with Janice Nadeau
Which commissions do you enjoy the most and which are the most beneficial to you, as a working designer / illustrator? I really prefer to work on a long-term project, like a movie or a book, rather than on multiple projects at the same time for different clients. It better suits my perfectionist personality and my interest in meeting new creators, and gives me more satisfaction in my artistic...
Questions and Answers with Emiliano Ponzi
What makes a good conceptual illustration? Combining 2 different objects from 2 different paradigms to create a new one that doesn’t exist for real, for example an apple that becomes a face.thinking out of the box, possibly to stay away from overseen concepts. Illustration is design and the mission of design is based on 2 very important principles: functionality and aesthetics so It’s...
Questions and Answers with Ohara Hale
What do you think hinders creativity? Fear and laziness. Fear: afraid of looking dumb, trying new things, thinking in new way, etc…Laziness: wanting to do something but not mustering the energy or desire or passion and just sticking with the norm/default “oh, tomorrow I’ll try THAT, for now I’ll just do THIS distracting thing again”. Your imagination develops when...
Questions and Answers with Victoria Semykina
What do you think hinders creativity? When you have to draw just to earn money and don’t get satisfaction of your work. I always try to find something new and enjoy the process even when I get really boring commission. If I can’t do this I decline the order. From my opinion, it’s a huge mistake to think that you can split your time for just making money and the rest to create...
Questions and Answers with Michael Mullan
Is your work more conceptual or decorative? I’m always pushing to find a balance between something that is beautiful enough to hang on a wall but still open to interpretation. Ideally, my illustrations would convey a decorative and conceptual sense but my work tends to steer towards decorative. A lot of my art finds it’s way into the home decor market, meaning big box retailers like...
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH CHRISTOPHER SILAS NEAL
Does it matter where an illustrator is based? Students and young illustrators ask me this question a lot. It really depends on the person. Technically, you can work from Siberia as long as you have a good internet connection. However, being in New York has many benefits including being inspired by other artists and seeing their work first-hand, meeting art directors and editors, and New York...
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH GILBERT FORD
What do you think hinders creativity? Sales teams are the thorn in my creative process. An original idea can pass editorial in flying colors until the sales team look at their studies and decide that the book or product won’t sell because a certain color or animal character has not been successful in the past. They tend to like things that have already been done, where their studies show...
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH CHRIS GARBUTT
What is success to you? I suppose in regards to a job or a commission, success for me would be producing something that I was happy with, proud of and enjoyed doing, and that is also received how I hoped it would be by whom-so-ever has it shoved under their noses! Everyone has their own goals, ambitions and benchmarks to measure success by. A friend of mine was recently nominated for an...
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH DANTE TERZIGNI
What advice do you have for illustrators? Keep at it, and don’t be afraid to fail. I’ve done so many pieces that I cringe when I look back at them. The key is to identify and learn from successes and mistakes. You should be constantly trying new things and evolving. Its really good to loosen up and not worry about every new piece being a masterpiece. Only after doing tons of art will...
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH BRIAN REA
Why should an illustrator take on a rep or agent rather than represent him/herself? When illustrators have difficulty communicating verbally or maybe lack confidence negotiating budgets I’d say it’s time. It’s a struggle navigating the administrative aspect of running a business and most of us have spent our lives focused on making pictures. But illustration is not a hobby-...
Interview with illustrator Marta Długołęcka
Marta Długołęcka is an illustrator, originally from Warsaw, but currently living and working in London. She graduated from Kingston University in 2010 and has recently completed her MA at the Royal College of Art. Currently she really enjoys working with clients as much as popping into Kingston University as a visiting tutor teaching illustration. How did you get into illustration? Since I...
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH INGELA PETERSON...
What can illustrators do to make the experience positive for an art director? To invite the AD to be part of the process. I often show my work at an early stage, maybe with some variations so that we can discuss what he/she want. But you have to be clear that you are the illustrator, that they have hired you because you have the eye for it. more QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH INGELA PETERSON...
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH ELEONORA MARTON
What do you think hinders creativity? Being scared of making a failure. If you are scared to fail you don’t try things out and if you don’t try things out you can’t develop your work. MORE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH ELEONORA MARTON
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH JESSE LEDOUX
What is something new you have noticed or learned recently? Over the past few years, there have been trends in the sort of work I’m asked to do. It’s strange. A couple years ago, the majority of the work I did was character design for cartoons. A year before that, I did a lot of identity work. And the year before that was primarily gallery shows. There’s no rhyme or reason to...
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH SEBASTIAAN VAN DONINCK
Have you ever thought about quitting illustration? Why? Yes I did! Off course. Who doesn’t? Sometimes it gets more difficult on the way. Sometimes I start questioning everything I do and doubting about proceeding. But in the long run, I always come back quickly. It’s stronger then myself. So far, when I’m unhappy with what I do, I will change something within my work, I will not...
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH AYA KAKEDA
Does it matter where an illustrator is based? More answers to this question | More Questions As long as you have a good art communities around you I think it’s ok. But in bigger city, illustration community is bigger and also it’s easier to reach out to the publishers, art directors, and different facility such as silkscreen lab so it’s definitely a plus. more QUESTIONS AND...
Illustration by OHARA HALE
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Art by VICTORIA SEMYKINA
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Illustration by ADRIA FRUITOS
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS with Noah Woods
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH DAN KRALL
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Dan Matutina aka Twisted Fork answers some...
Dan Matutina aka Twisted Fork answers some illustration related Q and A’s http://www.illustrationmundo.com/q_and_a/author_id/67
Animal illustrations by NATALYA ZAHN
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Illustrations by OLIVER TOWNE
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