What is art to you?
Art to me is an expression of the self and a manifestation of creativity. Beyond that, art can take almost any form.
What does your typical day look like?
My typical day begins with a run and meditation to wake up and clear my mind. I then answer emails and get started on commissions or personal projects.
How long does it typically take for you to finish a piece?
The length can depend on the nature and purpose of the piece. An editorial illustration may have a quick turnaround, but a gallery piece can take a few days longer.
How do you keep motivated?
Motivation doesn’t always come easy for me. There are a few ways that I stay motivated. Taking a break and stepping away from work for a little while can help with recharging if I’m mentally fatigued. Another thing that helps is to seek out creative inspiration through the work of others and the world around you. That’s one of the advantages of living in New York City. As an epicenter of art and design, the city is a source of constant inspiration.
What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
Having graduated recently, my current goal is to continue getting work, and work towards becoming a full-time freelance illustrator. Aside from that, though, I hope to stay true to myself and continue to strive to be better and to evolve as an illustrator.
What do you want others to take away from your work?
As an illustrator, my main goal is always to create interesting and compelling visuals for my clients. Because my illustrations are an extension of who I am, I hope others can learn a bit about me through my work.
What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
As many of us do, my younger-self looked towards my future with optimism and naiveté. From where I’m standing now, my dreams are the same, but I’m more aware of the hard work it takes to get there. I would tell myself to hold onto my dreams and not be as afraid of failure. The road to success is never easy, but it’s amazing what is possible as long as you keep your head down and put in the hard work it takes to achieve your dreams.
What are your thoughts on art school?
Art school is not for everyone, nor do I think that it is necessary to be a successful artist/illustrator/designer. However, I don’t think I would be where I am had I not gone to art school. Living and learning in New York City, guided by professors still working in the industry and being surrounded by other passionate and talented students made art school valuable and essential for me. Artists can most definitely grow and develop without having gone to art school, but the pressure, challenges and opportunities presented to me in a short four years helped me to exponentially develop as an illustrator.
What’s your dream project?
At the moment, I do mostly editorial illustration, but I would love to publish an illustrated novel or children’s book one day.
What’s your process like?
I work with a combination of traditional and digital media. The linework of my pieces are inked and then shaded with graphite. I create textures with various media which are assembled with the linework and digitally colored.