Freelance illustrator and pattern designer
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Who do you design for and what is your style?
Currently creating custom graphics and surface patterns for Squid Bikes (www.squidbikes.com) and their line of jerseys, saddles, and apparel. Looking to expand my surface pattern client list and with particular interest in children's market. I've always been drawn to illustrating patterns but it was the creation of the endpapers for my children's book Snowmastodon that really set me on a path towards my an obsession with pattern illustration. I work in a variety of styles, though I'd say my current focus is the place where surface pattern design and children's book art overlap. I worked for The Wall Street Journal as an illustrator and designer for 17 years before leaving in 2017 to focus on my freelance projects.
What inspires you?
In no particular order: Cabinets of curiosities, yetis, Charlie Harper, ancient Greenland sharks, robots, the junk-drawers of archaeologists, cryptozoology in general, Sea Ranch CA., children's books, mountains, lost cities, sketchbooks, monsters in general, mysterious artifacts, Europa, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Olive & Ingrid and Tuolumne Meadows.
What do you love about being a designer?
I love exploring ideas visually, from the sketchbook to the final art. Also, there is great satisfaction in working with the constraints of a good assignment. Being a designer also keeps me from settling on an illustration style - I try to illustrate in whatever style the assignment calls for.
What else would you like us to know about you?
I enjoy lounging around Sacramento with my wife and our twin toddler daughters. I am a devotee of snowboarding and all things mountain-rambling related. I really love drawing in the sketchbook and taking my dog Winnie for a good walk.