How many years have you been a freelance illustrator?
I was a freelance illustrator by night while I worked at various other full-time illustration jobs for many years, but didn’t start freelancing full-time until three and a half years ago. I’ve quickly learned that freelancing full-time versus part-time are altogether very different adventures!
What can your work be applied to commercially?
The most frequent use has been T-Shirt design. This is something I never set out to focus on, but I think the style of my artwork tends to work well with silk-screening and direct-to-garment applications, because my line-work and colors are very bold and detailed. I’ve created T-Shirt designs for Hard Rock Cafe, Smith & Wesson, and many other apparel brands. I’ve also worked on a lot of packaging designs, album covers and web graphics.
Where would you most like to see your illustrations being used?
I would like to do a lot more character design for apps and games. I’ve created animated children’s books and a few short animated graphics for clients. There’s something so cool about seeing one of your drawings come to life and start talking to you.
What inspires you?
I feel most inspired when sitting in a movie theater, oddly enough. There are definitely more inspiring things in the world out there, but I just can’t help from feeling the need to get up and create when watching a good movie. I think it’s because you can see so many talents (acting, writing, cinematography, art direction, special effects) all crammed into one giant, living and breathing creature.
Apart from illustration, what other skills do you have?
I’m really awesome at growing hair… everywhere.
What’s your favourite sandwich filling?
I live in Central Pennsylvania (USA), and we practice the time-honored tradition of putting Doritos in our sandwiches. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.