In this episode, I talk with animator and illustrator Robin Davey about his long and successful career as a freelance animator, how he deals with self-doubt and how he continues to learn new skills.
In this episode, I chat with the animator, director, and illustrator Laurie Rowan about his wonderfully addictive animations and how he got to where he is now.
In this episode, I talk with agent and founder of Much Creative Matthew LeBaron about his experiences and lessons learned from representing artists for over a decade.
In this episode, I talk with illustrator Cathal Duane about freelance life, setting realistic expectations and the importance of understanding the business side of freelance illustration.
In this episode, I chat with illustrator and commercial artist Thomas Danthony about his creative career path, his beautifully pared-down work and his creative process.
In this episode, I chat with Clay Hickson, an illustrator and the founder of Tan & Loose Press and The Smudge. We talk about Clay's path to illustration, why he keeps busy with many personal and side projects and how he works and gets inspired.
In this episode, I talk with designers Melissa Deckert and Nicole Licht of Party of One studio about how they started collaborating, how they used personal projects to their advantage and how they create sets and props for photo-illustrations.
In this episode, I talk with italian illustrator Elena Xausa about her experience drawing for publications like the New Yorker and the ebbs and flows of freelance life.
In this episode, I talk with Dutch illustrator Rick Berkelmans AKA Hedof about his amazing career as a commercial illustrator, how he got to where he is now and what he's learned along the way.
In this episode, I share a strategic approach for creating a portfolio that gets you clients and attention. I answer questions like: how much work should I have in my portfolio? What type of portfolio builder should I use? When should I start building a portfolio? and much more.
Peter Gamlen is an illustrator and artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Peter has been a freelance illustrator for the past 8 years working with publications like The New York Times, Businessweek, Monocle, the Wall Street Journal and brands like Google and Warby Parker. Over those years, Peter has amassed a wealth of experience and gone through the ups and downs of being a freelance illustrator.
Jing Wei is an American illustrator based in NYC. Jing studied illustration at RISD and after a few successful freelance gigs was hired at Etsy as part of the brand design and illustration team. She eventually became Etsy's illustration director before parting ways three years later. Since then, Jing has been thriving as a freelance illustrator and has worked with many brands and publications including The New York Times, Bloomberg, Airbnb, Adobe, Headspace, Google, NPR, Panda Express, Warby Parker and Target.
Thibaud Hérem is a French illustrator based in London known in particular for his incredibly detailed and precise drawings of buildings. Each of Thibaud's pieces are hand drawn following a careful process of line making and sometimes coloring by hand. Thibaud has worked with many brands and companies including Soho House, Liberty, Samsung and Herman Miller.
Marylou Faure is a French illustrator and artist based in London. Marylou is known for her colorful and playful style which has attracted companies like Google, Spotify, Lyft and Nike to her work. Recently, Marylou hosted her first solo exhibition called Nobody’s Baby featuring nude women in elusive poses. Her women-focused work has established Marylou as a modern voice on issues of femininity, the female form and our voyeuristic culture when it comes to women.
Aaron Lowell Denton is a designer known for his music posters and album covers. Aaron went from making gig posters for his band to producing music posters for big bands like Tame Impala, Leon Bridges and The National in just a couple of years. He has gained a reputation for creating beautifully abstract yet perfectly tailored visuals for bands. Aaron is self-taught; he built his design practice entirely out of his passions, making graphics that he would put on his walls.
Dan Woodger is a freelance illustrator and animator based in Kingston, UK. You might be familiar with Dan’s signature bubbly and joyful characters, anthropomorphized fruits and Where’s Waldo?-esque crowd scenes. Dan has drawn his unique characters for brands like McDonald's, Samsung, Apple and Netflix. Dan also occasionally contributes editorial illustrations to publications like The New York Times, GQ and The Sunday Times.
Leon Edler is an award-winning conceptual illustrator and cartoonist based in Brighton who has worked with clients like The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal and more. Last year, Leon was commissioned by Warby Parker to create five stunning murals for their Madison (WI) store. Leon is also the founder (with Ben Longden and Chris Clarke) of Room Fifty, a marketplace that sells high-quality art prints.
Seb Agresti is a Dutch illustrator, designer and graphic artist based in Rotterdam. Despite being quite new to the scene of editorial and commercial illustration (Seb started illustrating fulltime in 2017), he has already garnered a reputation for impeccably composed and conceptually intriguing illustrations working for publications like The New York Times and The New Yorker and with brands like Warby Parker.
Kati Szilagyi is a Berlin-based illustrator and graphic artist who has worked with The New York Times, The New Yorker, Google, Bloomberg Businessweek and others. Her style is tangible and expressive, with a strong focus on analog mediums and cohesive concepts. Kati is also a part of an artist collective calledParallel Universe Collective.
Brad Woodard is an illustrator, designer and visual creative. He owns the popular design and commercial illustration studio Brave the Woods which he runs with his wife, Krystal Woodard. This episode is all about how visual creatives can leverage their unique talents toward building a sustainable business that doesn't rely solely on commission or client work.
I talk with Magoz, a conceptual and editorial illustrator based in Malmo, Sweden, about how he approaches creative and business problems, his advice for illustrators starting out, conceptual illustration and how to build a database of clients.
Katie Menzies and Abel Reverter are the creative duo behind Cabeza Patata. He’s a 3D artist and animator; she’s an illustrator and craftswoman--but, as I learn in this interview, they both do it all. These two are redefining what it means to illustrate. Their illustrations are wonderfully tangible 3D creations that look as though they are molded out of plasticine. The studio's impressive client list includes The New York Times, Google, Apple, Spotify, Adobe and many more.
In this episode of Illustration Hour, I interview the multifaceted Greg Gunn. As an illustrator, animator, creative director, content creator and author, Greg is a veritable Swiss Army knife of creativity. In addition to his role as creative director at the LA agency Blind (headed by the legendary Chris Do), Greg is a content creator and author for the education platform The Futur, which has one of the most successful design-focused channels on YouTube.
In this episode of Illustration Hour, I interview the extremely versatile illustrator Allison Filice. Allison's illustration style is friendly, minimal, psychedelic and bright. She uses highly contrasting colors, simple black outlines and simplified shapes to translate ideas into illustrations.