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Turkey Studio

November 2018

We chat with self-confessed night owl Santi Lissarrague (aka. Turkey Studio) about his top design crushes, his days working as a snowboard instructor while freelancing on the side, and selecting the right tune for his working mood (always a priority 👌🏼).

Give us the elevator pitch on what you do.

Hi! Im Santi Lissarrague, graphic designer by day, freelance illustrator by night and musician in the spare time I have left. When it comes to illustration, most of my stuff is about weird and bold characters, in a cool way. I'm based in Buenos Aires and my work goes under the name of Turkey Studio. (Yeap, the funny bird!)

Talk us through a typical working day include for you right now.

Well, my working day or night (I'm a bit of a night owl) starts with a big cup of black tea, followed up by picking up the music for my current mood. Once that's settled, I check the status of the projects I'm working on, and I take it from there. Could be pen and paper, sketching at the iPad, or final touches on illustrator / photoshop. Break, snacks, browse for new music or pick up the guitar to play around a little bit just to clear my head, and get back to work.

Who are your top five design crushes right now?

Jon Contino

Joshua Noom

Yeaaah Studio

Mcbess

Pedro Oyarbide

What do you look for in a great client?

I think great clients are those who trust and appreciate your work, let you do your thing, open to work together in a client / designer collaboration of ideas, honesty and feedback.

Did you have a plan for graduation and what actually happened?

Nope, I did not. Actually I was freelancing just a bit, and working as a full time Snowboard instructor in Bariloche and California until I broke my shoulder really bad. Missed the following season, finished my graphic design career (in stand by at that moment), after that I got my first job in a creative studio called Doblegé, and I became a full time designer & illustrator to this day.

2018 for you in a sentence.

Keep Going.

Website: behance.net/santilissarrague

Instagram: @turkeystudio

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