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I had the pleasure of designing the shirt for the 2013 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon.
Art director: Mark Mueller
Brothers and sisters can — and may need to — collaborate in their financial lives.
Some key points I wanted to convey- communication, education, money saving, children, estates, investing, parents, and travel.
Art Director: Erin Lucas
A map of Honduras I recently did for American Airlines, Airways magazine..
Art Director: Betsy Semple
Here are a few laser die cut cards I recently did for American Greetings..
What do you think hinders creativity?
Some things that come to mind are preconceived notions, fear of failure, routine, focus groups, over art directing, etc. I think falling victim to any of these things can be a creativity killer. With that said, we all have to find a balance between staying within the client’s parameters and being as creative as we would like.
What helps you be more creative?
For me, I have found if I just put in the time, something creative will eventually come. Sometimes you just start off feeling it, but more often than not that isn’t the case. Usually it takes some internet procrastinating time before things get going. Once I get some kind of a vision of an end result, I get excited and the rest falls into place pretty easily.
What is something new you have noticed or learned recently?
I’ve been doing some shirt designs and starting to learn about the silk-screening process. I don’t have my own set up yet, but I’m definitely considering it.
Is your work more conceptual or decorative? Why?
I’ve done a fair amount of both. I come from a greeting card background, which is mostly decorative, and eventually started doing more editorial illustration, which is more conceptual. I prefer to have a nice mix of both; I think everyone enjoys a good concept that’s also cool to look at.
How would you like your work to be used in the future?
It’s always nice to work on projects that have good causes. I recently did some work for TOMS One Day Without Shoes event, and after running the Cleveland ½ Marathon for the last five years, I got the opportunity to design the shirt for this years race. I would love to do more things like this!
Why should an illustrator take on a rep or agent rather than represent him/herself?
Reps are great for several reasons. One being that they are good at negotiating fair prices. It sucks to be taken advantage of, and I worry about that much less having a rep. My rep, Frank Sturges, has been in the biz for a while and is really good at keeping his artist’s best interests in mind, which is a huge benefit to an illustrator starting out.
What can illustrators do to make the experience positive for an art director?
I think you should always be respectful and open to what they have to say, even if you don’t agree. Remember most AD’s have people to answer to as well, so everything might not be coming directly from them. If you think you have a better solution, you should be able to articulate why you feel it will be best.
What advice would you give to 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. It’s really good to loosen up and not worry about every new piece being a masterpiece. Only after doing tons of art will you have a good idea of what kind of artist you are.
Illustrations to accompany a feature article about removing the clutter.
The Emotional Toll of Clutter
Other People’s Stuff
Out of the Past
Art Director: Lydia Anderson
Is China ready for real bank reform?Illustration focusing on the challenges the Chinese government faces in trying to liberalize the banking sector.
Art Director: Diana Panfil
Map of 2013/14 world events. Done for the New York Times/ International Tribune.
Read the article here.
Art Director: Olga Rapoport
Art Director: Brianna Freitag