QUESTIONS (& ANSWERS)! And holy wow you guys, I’ve been featured in the Artists on Tumblr tag and Illustration tag (even my Frank Ocean piece??!?!)?! Hello to the new followers, I appreciate the support! :D
1. My music library is all over the place. I can’t really give a straight answer since it depends on my mood, but lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Kid Cudi, Kid Ink, and Frank Ocean. Sometimes (like yesterday) I post a song that I like to have when I’m working or just enjoy. Some other bands I tend to come back to a lot are The Naked & Famous, Los Campesinos!, and Bag Raiders as well. But I’m usually open to listening to anything and everything.
2. There are many illustrators I look at and admire. The top three I can list in no particular order who I have huge illustration crushes on are Matt Taylor, Kevin Wada, and Swoon (graffiti artist). As much as they inspire me, I try to not look at their work too often (because I get super envious and so I don’t start ripping off their style), but you can definitely see their influence in my work. I have interviewed both Matt Taylor and Kevin Wada and they are great guys, great artists, and they have amazing personalities and work. Definitely check them out! Matt Taylor just created a pair of snowboarding gloves for Burton, which I’m lusting after but I’ve never had the opportunity to snowboard so….I would just be collecting them with money I don’t have.
3. First off, thank you! It really means a lot to hear :) Concerning your questions about SCAD (or any art school in general really), I’d have to be honest and say it really depends on you as an individual. SCAD is a great school and I received an amazing education there and had access to great facilities and technology (actually, students can get pretty spoiled). I’ve definitely felt what you are feeling, and I still feel it today especially with freelance being a hard industry to break into, but personally, it gives me motivation and drive. It also depends on what degree and major you’re seeking. In general, my school definitely tries to make sure a large percentage of their graduates land jobs or internships and I even had a few opportunities offered from the annual SCAD Career Fair. For illustration, it’s rather hard to land a steady job since it’s really about freelancing and most companies can’t afford to have an in-house illustrator anymore, but I think I got a good idea of what to expect after graduation. Professors definitely have connections, but in the end, it comes down to you and making sure you don’t stop working even if you’re not getting jobs left and right. As much as it sucked at the time, one of my professors had my class read a book titled Art & Fear by Ted Orland and David Bayles, but there was a lot of truth in it. I would check it out because it’s a really easy read. I wouldn’t say I really have anything to fall back on, but I do have a minor in Fashion Design, and that lends itself to having more knowledge in that area and means I could do work for fashion labels and I’m well versed in certain requirements (and I can design and sew whoooo!). So if having a fall back job is a concern, I’d focus on not being a one-trick pony and keeping your interests and hobbies up to date! I honestly just set realistic expectations for myself and try to not get too upset or fall into the negative zone because it’s life. But if you’re feeling like SCAD and a degree in art and design is for you, I’d say go for it and harness your fears as motivation juice because if you have the heart and drive, you can do it!