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[Emily] I’ve always loved to draw. Not being particularly athletic, my parents decided to hone in on my creative interest, and involved me in a lot of community drawing classes, art camps, etc. I enjoyed it, so I never really stopped doing it. However, it has been a long path that has brought me to illustration. I knew that I loved to draw, and I loved to create, but finding the right fit for that in a career has been tricky. Even well into college I took both design and fine art classes - anything creative that was offered. And I loved both! But how to decide? A few changed majors and minors later, I found that illustration has been the perfect middle ground for my passion and skills. I am able to use a lot of drawing technique, composition, and color theory that I learned through art classes and combine it with functional and technical skills learned in the design classes.
The moment my style really ‘clicked’ was my sophomore year of college. The college art association was doing some volunteer work, and we were delegating artistic tasks to the different members. A peer of mine put me in charge of painting a dragon as he stated “animals are your thing.” And they were! I just hadn’t realized it yet. Once I embraced my animal/art love, I had a blast!
How do you balance both art/illustration and design? How do you work to combine them and make them work cohesively has one?
Graphic design has been the majority of jobs I take because there is more of an immediate need for it in the area that I live. Currently, my illustrating is kept as kind of a separate entity - I sell art prints, cards, and other printed products at different art shops around the Midwest, as well as doing art festivals. I ABSOLUTELY love jobs where I can mix the two! One example was designing/illustrating the 2014 Unglued Craft Fest poster where I was able to incorporate my illustration with text and logos. I hope to try different illustration venues in the future like editorial or advertising- having my illustrations in magazine would be awesome!
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