How many years have you been a freelance illustrator?
I have been freelancing for about 14 years, ever since I was in college and was hired to illustrate a graphic novel. My first editorial assignment was in 2004 for Baltimore City Paper.
What can your work be applied to commercially?
My sometimes heavy line work and flat, graphic approach to coloring have been effective in online advertising, printed posters and editorial illustration. Sometimes it’s used for a vintage comics feel, while at other times used in a modern way to attract a mainstream audience. Editorial, I would say, is where I work most often.
Where would you most like to see your illustrations being used?
My dream has always been to illustrate a cover for TIME Magazine. I’ve worked with them a few times in the past year, but a cover has been a dream of mine since I was 11 years old. I still feel extremely fortunate to get to work with my dream client. It doesn’t hurt that their art directors are incredibly nice to work with.
What inspires you?
I have always been inspired by old films, comics and vintage posters. I also find inspiration in fellow illustrators. I approach visual art as I do music. When I see a band, I study how they’re creating their sound. I do the same when I see illustration that is unique or innovative; I try to understand the artist’s process. I would never copy a style, but I think understanding art that I enjoy could possibly add more dimension to my own work.
Apart from illustration, what other skills do you have?
I love to play guitar and have a couple bands in Baltimore. I also make a pretty decent tiramisu!!
What’s your favourite sandwich filling?
I just had a fried chicken sandwich over the weekend and it was topped with raspberry preserves. I thought it would be kind of gross, but it was amazing!