Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Here is my transcribed interview with aka creator of the Mad-Men-Yourself application!!

>  When did you receive your professional commission and how did your client
> come into contact with you?
It's a slow process from doing things for friends as a favor to
friends insisting on giving you something for your work which starts
as a picking up a tab at the coffee shop to a fist full of cash money
to getting an agreed amount of money from a stranger. I'm not sure
which was the first professional commission. I assume it was a flyer
for the UCB Theatre after a year of doing posters and flyers for free
because I was in the shows the posters were advertising.

> How do you come into contact with most of the clients you make work for
> currently?
The internet. I try not to have to meet anyone in person or have to
talk to them on phone. I want clients to be faceless text-on-a-page.
Clients find me, I don't do any promotion and don't have a manager.

> What kind of work do you get asked to do the most?
It depends what the last big project I did was. When my Mad Men
drawings first got a lot of viral attention, I got a rash of people
who wanted their portraits done in that style. When the AMC Mad Men
Yourself web toy came out, a bunch of websites wanted applications
exactly like that (people have no imagination; I turned all these down
not only because of conflict-of-interest but because I am not a
programmer), but I ended up doing a similar web thing for the Marc
Jacobs site (since taken down). When Hipster Animals got a burst of
media attention, I was getting 4-5 requests a week to draw pets or
draw people-as-animals from that site. Right now, no one is asking for
anything... it's pretty dead.

> Do you have a preference of what kind of work you like doing the most? Poster design? website layouts? personal portraiture? etc?
I don't do web at all. People specialize in that and my web skills
date to about 1996. It's way too much work. Anything else is good.

> Do you mind doing commercial work, and is there a certain kind of company
> that you'd never make work for?
You mean as opposed to personal portraits? As long as I get paid, I
don't care. A lot of big companies find ways not to pay you. I would
avoid working for the flagrantly dishonest ones.

> How long are you usually given to make something for a client, or how long
> do they usually give you? Do they typically set a deadline or do you?
I depends on the job. Most cases I ask if there's a date they
absolutely need it by and give a broad frame of when it's coming. I
wouldn't turn an illustration around in under a week unless the client
paid a rush fee.

> What is your work schedule typically like when you're working on a
> commission?
I avoid doing the work for as long as possible and then get it all
done in one go. I procrastinate and have insomnia.

> Are most of the clients you work with agreeable about the finished product?
In all but discounted jobs, I say up front that I include three rounds
of revision. If they're unhappy, they have stages to vent their
frustrations and ask for changes or pay for more revisions. Only two
clients in memory have still been discontent after three (and I
delivered a great many half-stages between those) stages were never
going to be satisfied, so I refunded their money and told them to find
someone else. I'm not a therapist or a mind-reader and I wasn't
getting paid enough to become one for these clients. I'm not sweating
my "integrity" on some a job I took just for the money; I'm worry
about my sanity and frustration.

> Do you ever revert back to traditional media to make or to assist on a
> digital piece?
No. I'm 100% digital.

> Do you think that digital media measures up to physical media? Do you think
> it surpasses it, even?
I don't use paint, ink, etc. and never have. I doodle with a pen on
diner placemats and that's it.

> Do you have a full or part time job in addition to doing freelance?
I taught regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre this year
but that was similarly unstructured. Not sure which one counts as the
"day job."

> Who is your favorite illustrator/artist currently?
I haven't thought about it. Probably Daniel Clowes.

> Who were the artists that influenced you when you first started
> drawing/making artwork?
Who influenced me professionally? Luc LaTulippe is a Canadian
illustrator who also works in vector and had a big web presence ten
years ago (and still does) when I was starting to become a
"professional" instead of a dabbler. When feeling my way through Adobe
Illustrator I was looking at his techniques as a guide. He's not
famous, just a solid working illustrator.

When doing work for Mad Men I was specifically looking at illustrators
who worked in the era the show is set (and slightly before since
photography had all but taken over ad work in the 60s), which included
Aurelius Battaglia, Alice & Martin Provensen, Art Seiden, Miroslav
Sasek and J. P. Miller. Looking at Richard Scarry's early work lead to
his later work that inspired Hipster Animals.

> Do you feel like the internet has made being an artist easier or more
> difficult? or both?
I couldn't work without it so I assume easier. I haven't been an
"artist" in the time before email was widespread so I can't compare
it. It would be harder to avoid phone calls with no email.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Interior Studies

These have been pretty fun to do so far. Here are the studies I made for each piece. I'm not done with the real, actual, better-than-these-ones yet--- but hopefully I will be soon. enjoy!~

Monday, August 27, 2012

Mars Exploration (The Curiosity Rover) (Topic #6)

The United States landed their very first camera equipped rover on Mars. I'm very excited that we finally made it to Mars. yahoo! I love you Curiosity!,0,6125249.story?track=rss


Same-sex Marriage Legalization (Topic #5)

Same-sex Marriage is a controversial issue because some people still believe that marriage should be between someone born male and someone born female. Go figure.

Here are some articles on the subject of same sex marriage becoming legalized in the U.S.



Free Cece! (Topic #4)

Cece McDonald is a young trans woman that was attacked while out for a night out with her friends. The group was approached by a group of young men and catcalling eventually lead to violence in which Cece accidentally stabbed a man while trying to defend herself.

I think Cece was wrongfully convicted and should be released immediately!!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

No-Wave or Permanent Wave Feminism (Topic #3)

No wave feminism is the idealogy that all women, and people that identify as women, and beyond, should be considered equal. This is a radical idea apart from the idea that only attractive, white, able-bodied women should be represented in the feminist movement. This idea is important because it focuses on  building the concept of equality for all people regardless of percieved race, gender, or other aspects of their person that are considered "other."

Obama vs. Romney (Topic #2)

Our current president, Barack Obama will be running against republican primary Mitt Romney in this upcoming November presidential Election. I personally, run a little left so I would have to say that I want Obama to win again.

Pussy Riot (Topic #1)

I bpero
From left, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot at their sentencing on Aug. 17.
Pussy Riot is a feminist punk rock band based in Moscow. They were recently sentenced to two years in prison under the charges of "hooliganism" for performing in a church in Moscow and using "profane" lyrics to complain about the current Russian president, Putin.
i personally feel that the convicted of Pussy Riot is ridiculously absurd and something that I feel very strongly about.

Monday, August 20, 2012

It's kind of funny to be doing this again. I think sometimes I forget just how fun drawing can be. Let's see... I thought painting was my course of action but I think I still want to explore doing more "commercial" work. The circles are going to be a challenge for me, cuz I hate to color inside the lines (or circles, as the case may be.) hahah. But I believe I can persevere - Being a good artist takes dedication, it takes the ability to be able to resist distractions. I feel like I'm pretty much just  psyching myself up in this little note here, but I'd just like to share this with you.