Hi I am a freelance artist and illustrator with a fondness for animals, cooking, exploring, and good design. I have a passion for a carefree way of living and embracing the world around me. Whether being a freelance or a full time print designer for your company or agency, I am ready to live out my dream job in yo… Read More
Hi I am a freelance artist and illustrator with a fondness for animals, cooking, exploring, and good design. I have a passion for a carefree way of living and embracing the world around me. Whether being a freelance or a full time print designer for your company or agency, I am ready to live out my dream job in your creative studios. I love to party with patterns while rockin' my tunes and soaking up inspiration from all around me. My work is a unique mix between whimsical pattern and a fun carefree unique style that is influenced by everything in nature, fun summery bright colors, music, pop culture (especially in the 60s and 70s), and the cultures and artwork of countries in the mediterranean and the middle east. I am a SCAD Grad born and raised in Philadelphia who loves collaborating with other designers and creating designs that are bright and make an impact no matter what the season.
My process first starts out as loose thumbnail sketches in pencil in which I would touch up the chosen idea and composition. At this point I usually inquire with my clients on which direction they'd like to go and clean up any paperwork that needs to be done. Then I would do a couple cleaner sketches that would be black and white versions of the final. I then do the sketch in color to make sure the client is happy with how it looks and to prep for production. To get started, I usually re-draw it larger onto cold-press illustration board or bristol board then set the drawing with a workable fixative. Then I use Windsor & Newton Watercolors, Liquitex White Acrylic Gesso, and sometimes a select of Jacquard Lumiere Acrylics to paint into the drawing. After layers and layers of paint, fixative, and gesso, I then sometimes outline with a drafting marker or scan it into Adobe Photoshop for a touch up and/or to add some final details or textures. If I am doing patterns, I usually just scan my line work digitally and use Photoshop to clean up the drawing and then bring it over to Adobe Illustrator to put my line work into vector format and for colorizing. Once in a while I'll dabble in ink and markers for my pattern design, it all depends on the overall look I'd like to to achieve for the final piece.
As for my illustration experience I have written, illustrated, and self-published my own children's book called "Waffle's Day at the Beach", and I have done many illustrations for business and private individuals such as music festival posters, promotion pieces, film posters, logos, character designs, greeting cards, portraits, large and small scale murals, and repeat patterns. I also have my own online store where I sell my artwork as prints and on items such as handbags, cell phone covers, throw pillows and other fun and trendy accessories. I have a fun up-beat hard-working attitude, that spunky and motivated carefree spirit, and the love to create art for print on anything from shoes to sheets to spatulas. I have a passion for chic lifestyle, a carefree way of living, and I strive towards doing what I love to do as a full-time career. Thank you and keep in touch!
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Interview with the Artist
What are my goals as an Illustrator and artist in general?
As an illustrator and print designer I want to bring my imagination to the world while giving insight to others. I am inspired by personal events as well as pop culture especially in the 60s and 70s, animals, and the cultures, artwork, patterns and archit… Read More
What are my goals as an Illustrator and artist in general?
As an illustrator and print designer I want to bring my imagination to the world while giving insight to others. I am inspired by personal events as well as pop culture especially in the 60s and 70s, animals, and the cultures, artwork, patterns and architecture of Italy, Ireland, Greece, India, and Spain (and occasionally other countries and cultures around the world). I would love to travel to all these places and create a sketchbook with everything that inspires me. Then use them to make new and more powerful illustrations for publication.
I believe that everybody should know what goes on in the world, and enjoy the little moments and things in life. I value and love the world we live in, and I want to help others see the beauty in it as well.
*What are your greatest assets?
I love to research everything and knowing the facts, especially on how things came to be and how they're made. I feel like that gets me excited and motivated with each project I take on. I don't give up even when I'm stuck on an idea, and I seek criticism from others so I could make my work even better. Collaborating with other creatives gives me a rush, and working behind the scenes...executing a project from start to finish...is why I love what I do. I am open-minded to everything from deep personal pieces to simply good design, and I love to learn and share my knowledge with others.
*What is something you inspire in others?
I try to inspire others to not be limited to possibilities, to be resourceful, to be educated about the world around them, and to be creative with whatever they have in order to achieve greatness. I feel that there would be peace on earth if only everyone understood everyone else, so I choose not to judge anyone and hope that positive energy rubs off on others with a smile. I inspire others to live happily, to be positive, and to be motivated, to go mighty, and achieve their life goals.
*How would you describe your current role to an 8-year-old?
I am an illustrator. What do I do? I paint bright and colorful pictures of how I think the world is and should be, as well as everything and everyone in it!
*If you weren’t in this business, what would you be doing?
I would probably be a veterinarian or a horse trainer because of my love for animals and biology. I'd also be a professional freelance belly dancer or archer at the Renaissance Faire!
*What was your first job? (don't worry, some of ours are embarrassing, too. But we learned a lot about work ethics. Did you?)
My first job where I got a paycheck was as a camp councilor and horseback riding instructor at George School Stables. Before that I volunteered at a local horse farm every weekend mucking stalls and taking care of the horses and the farm. Read Less