Originally I titled this “did you know I used to be an illustrator” but went back and changed it. I got my BFA in illustration from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design but I don’t draw much lately, but I guess I still consider myself an illustrator even though I do a lot more than that now.
When I was in school I really wanted to work as an animator or illustrate children’s books, but after graduation I went the more safe route of getting a graphic design job. The job actually gave me quite a few opportunities to illustrate, my very first project was an HVACR themed comic book ad. During my time at the company I drew a lot of things you wouldn’t expect to work on at an HVACR company and had a lot of fun with it.
The other day I went back through my illustrations from college and really got frustrated with myself for not keeping up with drawing more. One of my 2014 goals was to draw more and I’ve barely picked up a sketchbook.
I unpacked a box from the garage full of my acrylic paints, watercolor, colored pencils, markers, and just tons of art supplies from school. I’m going to stop letting them sit in the closet and start using them.
Hopefully you will be seeing more illustrations from me soon, I’m feeling a renewed spark for it! Is there any skill you’ve put aside that you want to revive?
Also, if you’re interested in checking out any of my design work (I do freelance work!) you can see my work here.