1. For those who don’t know, can you tell us a bit about who you are and what you do?
I’m a graphic designer and illustrator originally from Asheboro, NC, but currently living in Winston-Salem, NC. I’m known for my whimsical and thought-provoking illustrations that are combined with various mediums, including pencil, pen, and digital editing software. My day-to-day work consists of solving problems through visual communication and design strategies on multiple printing platforms including billboards, banners, posters, signage…and the list goes on! When I’m not drawing or designing, I can be found in a local coffee shop with a vanilla latte in my hand or my nose buried in a good book.
2. What inspires you from day to day?
Because I’m a designer, I find myself planted in front of a computer screen for long hours at a time. While it’s easy to say that I find a lot of inspiration through visual blogs and Pinterest (which I do), the truth is that I’m most inspired by stepping away from the screen. Whether I’m going for a walk down the greenway with my dog or simply being outside or listening to a good band, it’s things like that which get my creative juices flowing. I can say that a lot of ideas for my illustrations though, come from really random places, whether it’s a wacky dream or seeing an odd piece of art or a movie. Inspiration is literally everywhere for me.
3. Is there significance in the way you go about your work?
Most of the time, I do some of my best thinking when I can’t sleep at night, or in quiet moments when I’m away from my computer or away from distractions. Sometimes I have an entire concept already drawn out in my head before I even know how to finish it. It could be an idea I’ve had for months, or for just a few seconds. Someway, or somehow, it will be on a piece of paper sooner or later.
4. Can you describe your process for us?
My process tends to go back and forth between the last question, and literally sitting down and coming up with a concept off the whim. Usually having an idea or a concept in my head first is more successful for me. When something inspires me, I write it down. Whether it’s something that someone said, a song, a dream, or even a word – writing it down always helps me when I’m ready to carry out the idea on paper or on my computer.
5. How has that process changed over the years?
My process has changed tremendously over the years. Typically, I have struggled with being creative outside of work. But not until recently was when I started to appreciate my process more and it’s helping me grow as an artist by fully understanding why I do what I do.
6. Where can people go to find more about you?