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Featured Artist – Lino


Artwork by Lino

How and when did you know that you wanted to become an illustrator?
Like many other kids, I drew all the time, but early in my life I started admiring master painters like Gaugin, Lautrec and Picasso. To me, they were a kind of genius. Their freedom and their exotic lives made me dream of becoming one of them.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I’m really interested in people, their lives, what makes them happy or sad, what are they running for…
Also, our society and how it’s transforming all the time. These and poetry are definitely my major inspirations.

What type of environment do you prefer to work in? At home or in a studio? Listening to music?
I work in a small studio with a few other artists. I like their presence, even if we don’t see each other that much. Just not being alone all the time is good.
Having a place separate from the house where I can leave my creativity and work is really important to me. That way I can come back home with a free mind. I mostly work in silence but sometimes I use music to stimulate me. My studio is a little museum of my inspirations, with drawings and paintings everywhere, puppets, funny things that I found in the street, pictures of my friends and family, a couch, a fridge, many books, and all my brushes and colors around me like a family.

As a working illustrator, do you still find time to create art for yourself?
Having other artistic projects is very important to me. It really stimulates creativity and changes the day to day routine, so I paint, do graphic novels, animations and sometimes just drawing for fun!

Who was the first illustrator that you noticed and admired?
Actually the first artist that I really admired was a painter: Jean-Michel Basquiat. His artwork is somewhere between graphic design and painting and I was really fascinated by the way he was using both forms of expression.

What is your favorite way to get out of a creative block?
I go for a walk with my dog or I open a poetry book for a while. Doing something else helps me come back to my work with a solution.

How do you deal with negative criticism?
It think it’s normal to be criticized. Art is highly subjective and I totally understand that. Artists are naturally exposed to critics and it’s a very good way to confirm your creative choices.

If you had to describe your body of work in one word, what would that word be?
Emotion.

What are your goals for your future as an illustrator?
To keep myself curious, stimulated, and to always find a way to touch people with my art.


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News published at 11:11 am, Monday, August 18th, 2014

Featured Artist – Marta Antelo


Artwork by Marta Antelo

How and when did you know that you wanted to become an illustrator?
I studied Fine Arts and in my second year I saw that most of my personal work was small in size and that my visual language was very illustrative. When my future partner met me that year he told me “I’ll take your work to the Illustrators Association”. That is when I started to receive my first assignments.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
In old magazines, children’s books and the art of the early 20th Century. I love paint, so colors are very important in my work.

What is your earliest memory of creating art? (or drawing as a child)
I suppose when I was a teenager. At this stage I was very perceptive with art, I was discovering it. But a little earlier, from when I was eleven, I used to carry a sketchbook and spend many hours drawing.

What type of environment do you prefer to work in? At home or in a studio?
I like working at home, especially when there is bad weather. I usually listen to music and the radio.

As a working illustrator, do you still find time to create art for yourself?
I have little time for personal work, but I continue to draw everywhere.

What type of transition needs to be made between creating art for yourself
and creating art that is commissioned?

Commissioned art is always limited by delivery dates, dimensions, the story… so I love having enough time to experiment a little.

When you are creating commissioned work, how do you take yourself out of the project and focus on the idea that needs to be conveyed?
I underline the most important ideas, like when I was at school and we did a text analysis. I write down those ideas and look for synonyms, then draw the ideas with elements or objects, seeking visual metaphors.

What type of artwork do you have hanging in your home?
Sometime I hang the last illustrations I have done with tacks to analyze them. I hang my favorites too, and work from other illustrators (printed or original) like an engraving I bought some months ago or art that friends give me as presents. I also display puppets made by me.

What accomplishment so far in your life stands out as most important?
I can’t choose one, I suppose there are many because I consider myself to be a lucky person.

Who was the first illustrator that you noticed and admired?
I was very impressed when I discovered Pablo Amargo’s work, with his book “No todas las vacas son iguales”. He is a very talented Spanish contemporary illustrator.

Are there any other current illustrators that you feel you identify with or
share a similar style?

I try to have an original style and I admire many illustrators, both young and veterans, with different styles. I think my style is ‘naive’ so I identify myself with naive illustrators.

Do you read criticism done on your work?
When somebody writes criticism about an illustrator it is because he/she loves it, so it is always good criticism!

How do you deal with negative criticism?
I would not mind it as it is impossible for everyone to love you. Each person has his or her own personality.

What is your favorite way to get out of a creative block?
Go for a walk.

If you had to describe your body of work in one word, what would that word
be?

Naive?

What magazines do you personally read?
Spanish Magazines like “CLIJ” (about children’s literature), “El País semanal” a weekly magazine about current subjects, and sometimes “eñe” about contemporary writers.


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News published at 10:00 am, Monday, August 4th, 2014

Featured Artist – Emory Allen


Artwork by Emory Allen

What is your earliest memory of creating art? (or drawing as a child)
As a kid, I moved around a lot, but no matter where I lived, comic book characters stayed the same. So, my earliest memory of drawing with a purpose (not just doodling with oversized crayons) was trying to mimic the drawings from my 1992 Marvel Universe trading cards (which I still have).

What type of environment do you prefer to work in? At home or in a studio? Listening to music?
My home is where I find most of my inspiration, all of my favorite things are here! My wife, my cat, my books… There’s also a lot of wonderfully old trees and parks in my neighborhood, so taking a stroll around the block can clear my head pretty quickly. I typically listen to comedy podcasts while I’m working—they mesh well with my jovial illustrations.

As a working illustrator, do you still find time to create art for yourself?
Everyday! My daily drawing project, anexquisitebeast.com, is 8 months along as of today. Each drawing is a small, quick way for me to get rid of whatever weird, random stuff is left in my head at the end of the day.

What type of artwork do you have hanging in your home?
Coming from a design background, I have a lot of screen printed posters both hanging up and in various piles around my house. They’re just waiting for a prime spot to open up on my walls!

What is your favorite way to get out of a creative block?
By working through it. Sometimes my hands know what to do and my brain has to play catch up!

If you had to describe your body of work in one word, what would that word be?
Characters


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News published at 8:00 am, Monday, June 9th, 2014

Featured Artist – Marie Lafrance


Artwork by Marie Lafrance

How and when did you know that you wanted to become an illustrator?
I’ve always doodled and drawn on any available surface, but thought I wanted to be a graphic designer. When I started working in graphic design I realized illustrating was all I wanted to do. So I did.
 
What is your earliest memory of creating art? (or drawing as a child)
As a child I had a thing for royalty so I spent years drawing nothing but people with crowns on their heads.
 
What type of environment do you prefer to work in? At home or in a studio? Listening to music?
After many years and many studio mates I’m back working from home, which makes it easier for me to work 24/7. I listen to talk radio all day and music at night.
 
As a working illustrator, do you still find time to create art for yourself?
It’s so tough to take the time, but so important, for fun, and from time to time to break the mold I’ve put myself in.
 
What type of transition needs to be made between creating art for yourself and creating art that is commissioned?
Frankly, none. My mind takes a trip around an idea to try and zero in on the way to express it, whether I’m the boss or commissioned.
 
When you are creating commissioned work, how do you take yourself out of the project and focus on the idea that needs to be conveyed?
It’s really a voyage of some kind, trying to see it in different angles, differently from my first idea, sometimes to go back to it in the end. The first sketch is always excruciating, but once that door is open the other ones speed by.
 
What accomplishment so far in your life stands out as most important?
I’m going to have to take the Fifth on that one, seeing that I would make myself guilty of conceit for saying my brilliant child.
 
Who was the first illustrator that you noticed and admired?
M.C. Escher, but was he an illustrator? Henrik Drescher and Brad Holland then.

Do you read criticism done on your work?
Yup.
 
How do you deal with negative criticism?
I don’t like it of course, but then I become combative, and I think “Hey, I’ll show them wrong!”
 
What is your favorite way to get out of a creative block?
I look at plenty of images to jug my head back in position. And if I have the luxury of time, I take a walk with my dog and sleep on it.


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News published at 7:00 am, Monday, May 26th, 2014

Featured Artist – Tony Healey


Artwork by Tony Healey

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
To quote Chuck Close: ‘Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work’

What type of environment do you prefer to work in? At home or in a studio? Listening to music?
Both. At my home studio I tend to work like a Trappist monk. I also share a studio with 5 other illustrators in central London, which is a little livelier.

What is your earliest memory of creating art? (or drawing as a child)
I’ve been drawing since I can remember. My dad was an accomplished natural draughtsman who, given different circumstances, could have been a professional artist himself: it could well be that seeing my dad at work was the spark for my own interest. I like to think so.

Who was the first illustrator that you noticed and admired?
As a youngster I spent a lot of time reading comics. Leo Baxendale and Ken Reid were favourites, but the artist of this era that I most tried to emulate was Frank Hampson. Frank Hampson drew Dan Dare for the Eagle comic. There was a quality to his black which seemed blacker than black. I found out many years later that he used to re-ink the black parts after the watercolour had been applied. It’s a technique that I hijacked and that I still use today (though I do so digitally now): I always make the topmost layer a copy of the original drawn layer.

What are your goals for your future as an illustrator?
To continually try to improve and to try to produce work that I would want to look at.

What question do you wish an interviewer would ask you?
…and what is your fee for this interview, Mr Healey?


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News published at 10:20 am, Monday, May 12th, 2014

Applied Arts Awards And Interview


Artwork by Andy Potts

Andy Potts had three entries chosen for this year’s Applied Arts Awards and was interviewed for the Split Run section of the current issue.


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News published at 9:33 am, Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Featured Artist – Eva Tatcheva


Artwork by Eva Tatcheva

How and when did you know that you wanted to become an illustrator?
From a very early age I was fascinated by picture books and used to spend hours looking at the illustrations and thought how amazing it would be if I could create similar books myself. Then, when I was 11 I joined a drawing class in my home town and this is where it all began….

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw a lot of my inspiration from Nature in its most natural format. I also get inspired by colours and the performing arts, anything that is out of the ordinary and by incredible people who have achieved some great things.

What is your earliest memory of creating art? (or drawing as a child)
Scribbling on the pages of a picture book and being told off by my parents for ruining the book.

Do you read criticism done on your work?
Always, and actually think it is a compliment that someone took the time and effort to give feedback. In illustration, design and publishing, there are a few occasions when people do not praise or criticise, leaving the creator in limbo as to what needed to improve to be worthy of response.

How do you deal with negative criticism?
I am an absolute perfectionist and any criticism is always welcome. I find criticism very healthy and humbling. There is no definitive excellence in art and design, it should be viewed always as a learning curve, to which we all have room to listen, learn and improve. At the end of every year I look back at my work and see improvement. I am influenced by my fellow illustrators, clients’ feedback and family and friends who offer me advice in order to see something from the viewers objective.

What is your favorite way to get out of a creative block?
Watching movies and MTV. Looking at abstract art.

If you had to describe your body of work in one word, what would that word be?
Colourful.


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News published at 2:39 am, Monday, April 28th, 2014

Featured Artist – Jojo Ensslin


Artwork by Jojo Ensslin

How and when did you know that you wanted to become an illustrator?
I always thought that I wanted to make movies, so during my studies I mostly made animations, short movies and music-clips. But for that, and other small jobs that I did, I was drawing a lot and after a while I realized that I could earn my money doing it and became an illustrator.
I was always drawing since the time my brother showed me how to use a pencil. Of course, I didn’t think of becoming an Illustrator when I was young – actually at this time I dreamed of becoming a farmer and growing world famous tomatoes.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Life, love, friends, travelling… well, that’s too superficial. I would say authors like Boris Vian and Douglas Adams, filmmakers like David Lynch and Dennis Hopper. Artists like Warhol and Egon Schiele really made me start reflecting and thinking about my own perceptions. But the wonderful worlds and stories my fiancée and I create are the biggest source of inspiration for me.

What is your earliest memory of creating art? (or drawing as a child)
When I was about 5 years old we lived in Neanderthal (yes, exactly this place). I remember grinding up stones that produced different colours. I did it with a whole big pile of rocks and in the end I had my first piece of “Landart”.

What type of environment do you prefer to work in? At home or in a studio? Listening to music?
At night in the summer, with good music (Scout Niblett or Cat Power) and no phone ringing.

As a working illustrator, do you still find time to create art for yourself?
Sure.

What type of transition needs to be made between creating art for yourself and creating
art that is commissioned?

That’s easy. In free work for myself I can do whatever I want to and just listen to opinions or suggestions that I want to hear. In commissioned work I have to satisfy at least two “persons”: the client and myself. Sometimes there are many more (agencies, girlfriends of the Director, the therapist of the Art Director etc.) so it can get a bit more complicated. In these cases I mostly have to forget that I want to be satisfied with the end product as well.

What type of artwork do you have hanging in your home?
There is a wonderful piece by Mario Wagner, one drawing by Frauke Berg, one by Moki, a couple of drawings from dasha (RDW) and two woodprints of my own.

What accomplishment so far in your life stands out as most important?
Getting through all the pain, fear and throwbacks for months to keep my right hand after I got bitten by a cat!

Who was the first illustrator that you noticed and admired?
Hergé with “Les Aventures de Tintin”.

Are there any other current illustrators that you feel you identify with or share a similar style?
Not in sharing styles, but humour. One of the greatest for me is Lewis Trondheim and also Tim Biskup.

How do you deal with negative criticism?
If they are right, they are right. But I always remember when, how and under what circumstances things are done or created. So I can also be forgiving with myself.

What is your favorite way to get out of a creative block?
Surfing and listening to music. If all that doesn’t work, I grab a sheet of paper and start writing and I stop when the page is full. It doesn’t matter what I write, the only importance is that I don’t stop and think in between. Fabulous output sometimes!

Is there any one publication that you still have aspirations to see yourself in?
Only one? ;) Okay, there would be an animated film on ARTE (French-German broadcasting station) and… well, there are too many. Oh well: childrens Books!

What magazines do you personally read?
DER SPIEGEL, DIE ZEIT, Les Inrocuptibles, and a friend gives me all her fashion magazines, but mostly I don’t read them, I just flip through the pages.

What are your goals for your future as an illustrator?
Become famous and live a good life. Of course, work on my style, become better and faster.


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News published at 7:00 am, Monday, April 14th, 2014

Featured Artist – Tyson Smith


Artwork by Tyson Smith

What is your earliest memory of creating art? (or drawing as a child)
I used to sit down at the kitchen table with my dad and do drawings with him. My dad doesn’t have an artistic bone in his body, but he and I sure enjoyed those times.

What type of environment do you prefer to work in? At home or in a studio? Listening to music?
I have a home studio where I can get away and listen to some music while I create my art.

As a working illustrator, do you still find time to create art for yourself?
I don’t do as much as I used to, but I have found some inspiration with my 3 year old son who loves to create art and be creative.

What type of artwork do you have hanging in your home?
Mostly photographs that myself and my wife have taken.

Who was the first illustrator that you noticed and admired?
Early on I was inspired by cartoonists like Bill Watterson and when I started getting more into art I noticed and admired the work of Dr. Seuss, M.C. Escher, Norman Rockwell, and J. Otto Seibold.

How do you deal with negative criticism?
I am my harshest critic, so when I read some negative criticism, it pales in comparison to what I’ve already thought.


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News published at 7:00 am, Monday, March 31st, 2014

Featured Artist – Vin Ganapathy


Artwork by Vin Ganapathy

Where do you draw your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from everything around me, events, and friends. I like carrying a sketchbook or notepad when I go out, just to write down ideas. I sometimes take photos on my phone camera as references.

What type of environment do you prefer to work in? At home or in a studio? Listening to music?
I work at home, and converted part of my living room into a studio. I start out listening to music (usually something mellow). But as I get more into the project I’ll have the TV on and change the music to something upbeat, it gets chaotic. I only notice all of the noise usually when I’m finishing up a project. I’ve noticed if I try to do work in silence I find myself being distracted easily.

As a working illustrator, do you still find time to create art for yourself?
Yes, always. I find that when I’m working on a project for a client, I have ideas for personal projects that I jot down, or draw a quick thumbnail in my notepad. If the job has a longer deadline I’ll make my own art just to get it out of my system.

What type of transition needs to be made between creating art for yourself and creating art that is commissioned?
I find that commissioned work will always be the clients final opinion, so I would make it the way they wanted the piece. I usually set up steps for clients to make sure it is the direction they wanted. For my own work, I usually just have an idea of what I want to convey and draw it out. I like the spontaneity of ink drawings, mistakes and all are captured.

When you are creating commissioned work, how do you take yourself out of the project and focus on the idea that needs to be conveyed?
For commissioned work, I focus on what the client is describing. I would imagine a scene or whatnot and try to create it as described. I find that being an illustrator you have to adapt to whatever the client asks for, but also offer alternative ideas that might work better. Usually when a client approaches me for a job and they have a specific piece in mind, I’ll send them sketches of what they ask as well as an alternative (maybe a different style or approach). I try to put myself in the shoes of the clients’ audience, it’s important to try different angles to make sure what would be the proper fit for a project.

Who was the first illustrator that you noticed and admired?
I would say Kent Williams when I was 12 or 13 years old. I remember seeing his rendition of Wolverine (an X-Men comic book character) and it was so different than regular comic book stuff, it was a figurative art painting, that blew my tiny mind away.

What is your favorite way to get out of a creative block?
I like to go for walks around my neighborhood in Brooklyn into Manhattan. I usually listen to music and walk for miles. I like getting out of the house it unlocks a different way to look at a problem I’m struggling with.

If you had to describe your body of work in one word, what would that word be?
Figurative.


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News published at 10:17 am, Monday, March 17th, 2014