Interview with Neesha Hunter
Knitbot got a facelift - tada! Neesha Hunter designed my new logo and the header at the top of this blog.
She joins us for a little Q & A:
Have you always had an interest in illustration? For as long as I can remember I loved to draw. I never knew illustration existed until I was in high school. I remember asking a friend when I was about 12 if there was a job where I could draw and paint the things I liked but get paid for it. She said it didn't exist. I was really excited when I realized it did.
Where did you go to College? Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL. They had a great illustration program and a lot of influential teachers. However, after four years in Florida I got pretty sick of palm trees. Where do you draw inspiration from? Other artists for sure. Kim Minji is my new favorite. I also love James Jean, Lisbeth Zwerger, Gris Grimly, Adam Rex, Oliver Jeffers, Jon Foster...the list goes on. I basically scour the internet and bookstores for new artists to check out. The children's book section at the bookstore has given me an overwhelming amount of artists to look at and study. Otherwise, I love people watching. You can get some good ideas for characters from sitting down in a bookstore or on a bench and drawing the people you see. It's also a great way to learn gesture and anatomy.
What sort of projects are you currently working on? I am doing quite a bit of graphic design work right now. Logos, graphics, etc. Those pay the bills. However, my passion is for children's book illustration. I'm writing a picture book called "The Rainbow Colored Snow Fox" and hoping to have that ready to send to some publishers in a couple months.
Where can people find more of your work? For now, here. I'm hoping to have a website up soonish.
Thanks Neesha - I love my new look.
Oh, and thank you Abe for working the illustrations into my blog for me :)