My school projects had amazing title pages, and illustrations of animals. I made the title pages for my friends projects too. I remember getting feedback on my study of Canada in primary school where I’d completely neglected to deliver anything other than great headings and drawings of Canadian animals. As a child I would spend hours in my bedroom drawing houses (like, floor plans and elevations), clothing (often on sassy troupes of dancing girls), and lettering. Once I finished high school I couldn’t deal with the thought of 7 years of architecture school, so that got ruled out in favour of a fashion design diploma. But by my early 20’s fashion was no longer making my heart sing, so I dove head first into option 3 — illustration — and now I’m a letterer. And I‘m part of an 80’s dance crew. It was all in the stars.
I didn’t study. I’ve always been a bit impatient with academia. I know now there would’ve been some sweet benefits and less guess-work but I otherwise don’t regret it at all. My first jobs were a lot of posters for my friend’s bands. Oh and underpaid graphic design work for a local bar.
Illustration, lettering, sign painting, and street art. I draw pictures of letters, and animals.
Someone that writes a beautiful brief. A brief with good use of bold, italics, and bullet points — and which clearly states the clients wants and needs from the get-go. The best clients are the ones that come to you because they love what you do.
Art is a real job!
I’m actually gradually trying to remove digital design from my practice. I won’t remove it completely — I see the value of digital as an accessory, and I don’t plan to drop those skills, but I feel more at peace when I’m making things analogue — using a pencil, paintbrush or spray paint. That said, I had a play with the VR tilt brush the other day and it blew my mind...
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