Episode 15: Peter Gamlen

Overcoming Creative Doubts and Growing as an Illustrator


Peter Gamlen is an illustrator and artist based in Brooklyn, NY. 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.

In this conversation we talk about:

  • Peter’s journey from recent grad to freelance illustrator

  • how to break free from arbitrary constraints that we impose on ourselves as artists

  • what Peter learned reading classic French and Belgian comics as a child 

  • creative crises of confidence and how to deal with them

  • growing as an artist through making difficult decisions

  • how to get inspired in a digital world 

  • how to prioritize what makes you happy 

  • Peter’s process for editorial illustration from sketch to finished image 

  • the role of humor in Peter’s work 

  • taking as much time off from the computer as possible

  • dealing with art directors and communicating without losing your mind

  • making time for personal projects 

  • exploring different ways to be creative and expanding your practice 


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