I got started in the industry through the love of branding and logos. As a kid I used to draw logos from surf and motocross brands such as Rusty, Hot Tuna, Mambo and FOX racing. I was really in to these sports and loved the way these brands approached the sports and how some of them integrated illustration into their branding, especially Mambo. I would eventually complete an advanced diploma in graphic design, majoring in illustration in 2008.
These days I am based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Typically I will wake up a bit late (I also work in a bar here), check emails and reply to any if work has come through. Currently I am freelancing and have regular work from a select number of clients here and abroad. If there is no work, I’ll ride my motorcycle up in to the woods and go for a hike. If there is work, I get cracking in my studio.
I look at these blogs daily for inspiration for either art or design. Instagram - Yeah. I said it. But there are so many talented people using this application to show their art and design. Great for quick inspiration. ffffound.com - A long term daily favourite for visual inspiration. booooooom.com - Great fine art blog. Fecalface.com - Great low brow art/ illustration blog.Deadfix.com - Lifestyle & photography blog.
Someone who is eager, works hard, shows potential and is focused on becoming a better designer.
For the next 12 months I plan on staying in Vancouver and pursuing work in the film industry as a designer. I have done this previously and loved the pace of work and the exciting projects I get to work on. Also, I love to snowboard so as winter fast approaches, I look forward to getting back into the snow! I am also planning some trips to New York, Mexico and Japan for this year. Travel + design/ illustration = good times.