How many years have you been a freelance illustrator?
I’ve been working as a freelance illustrator for roughly 7 years. A good half of that time I’ve also held a full-time in-house position as a designer, and digital art & production tech at Dark Horse Comics.
What can your work be applied to commercially?
It has a rather wide application: from editorial, to book and magazine covers, to story book illustration, and gig posters. I’ve felt quite lucky with the diversity of projects I’ve taken on over the years and hope to continue applying myself to new and interesting endeavors.
Where would you most like to see your illustrations being used?
The majority of work I do lately has been for local clients, in Portland Oregon, creating concert and event posters. I love these gigs because they allow me to merge three of my passions: illustration, design, and music! I’d enjoy doing more book cover work, because it gives me much the same thrill as poster design. There is nothing better than reading a book, being inspired, and then interpreting it into imagery that will draw more like-minded bookworms to it.
What inspires you?
There is a lot that inspires me. But in an effort to be concise, I’d say I’m most inspired by nature and music. A beautiful fall hike always leaves me wanting to come home and draw. I snap reference photos of animals and plants constantly. As for music, I’m a bit of a crate digger and have a memory for lyrics. One unique turn of phrase paired with a goofy synth line is enough to spark an illustration. “I will sit right down. Waiting for the gift of sound and vision.”
Apart from illustration, what other skills do you have?
I do a mean Debbie Harry impression at Karaoke. So, if you need a front man for your Blondie cover band… CALL ME.
What’s your favourite sandwich filling?
Turkey and dijon. There can be more to it, but let’s be real… everything else is just noise!