I'm naturally a pretty eclectic person. My tastes run the gamut from decorative and whimsical to minimal and sophisticated. I think that's how my work ends up in that space.
CH: Besides being an illustrator and artist, you also work as a product designer. Can you share with us some of the rewards and challenges that come with that job?
Creating something that has a life or function beyond being purely visual is one of my favorite things about product design. I work quite a bit in the art/craft/DIY category. Some examples are paper crafting and fabric. People are inspired by what I've created and use that as a jumping off point for their own projects. They take what I've done and then create something entirely different and new from it. I love seeing what they come up with and I'm continually inspired and motivated by their talent and vision.
CH: What is your favorite part about designing your own fonts and lettering? What are some of the challenges that come integrating lettering with some of the other work you're putting out there?
We're exposed to so much type and lettering in the course of an average day and most of it is usually very functional in nature. I think that's what makes it so fun to play with, to take the functional and make it fantasy. I enjoy making each letter its own separate piece of art and then working those letters into a complete design. The letters are used to form a word or phrase that have meaning and then the design itself adds an additional layer of depth.
CH: We have a lot of younger entry level creatives that follow our blog, what advice can you give to them as aspiring creative professionals?
I would say be open. Open to all the avenues and opportunities that are available which will allow you to express your creative vision and make money. When I was starting out I really only wanted to be an illustrator in the most traditional sense. Magazines, editorial, books, design studios etc. I went that route for years and was pretty fulfilled by it but things gradually changed. I allowed myself to open up and expand my vision beyond what I knew or thought my career should look like. Soon opportunities, people, technology and circumstances began to orchestrate new and exciting ventures that were a perfect fit for me.
Be appreciative of your talents and vision. Appreciate that you are a creator and trust that everything will unfold for you in just the right way. Opportunity is all around you.