Amy was featured June/July 2004
1. When did you start illustrating (for clients professionally?)
My first illustration job was a 30 illustration assignment for a children’s book. It was completed December 2003.
2. Who are your biggest influences?
Marcos Chin’s work for the Lavalife campaign inspired me to begin learning illustrator and to consider illustration as a career instead of a hobby. I have always loved the pinups, like Vargas. Currently, I love Tadahiro Uesugi and Kristen Ulve , and of course my number one inspiration, Richard De Wolfe.
3. What is your work process?
Generally, I work directly in illustrator. Sometimes I do preliminary sketches to work out composition but it really depends on the picture.
4. What would you name as the biggest strength of your illustrations?
I think my biggest strength is that, for the most part, I improve with every piece I do.
5. Do you have any formal education in art?
I don’t have any formal education in art, but I have been drawing and painting and watching my dad and asking questions since I could hold a pencil however, I have taken courses here and there at OCAD etc. The main thing is just practicing all of the time. It’s mainly about learning to see. You have to continuously practice that.
6. Where do you see the future of illustration?
I think that the lines between traditional mediums and digital will continue to blur, however I feel that drawing– as opposed to digital manipulation – is happily making a bit of a comeback.
7. If you could offer one piece of advice to someone considering a career in illustration, what would it be?
Don’t try to be everything to everyone. A strong portfolio is a direct one, not one with a bit of everything.
8. Last words?
Support your favourite artists. Buy their prints, and note cards. Write them fan mail. Let them know they are appreciated. Sometimes it’s the little things that make all of the difference.