We're constantly looking for interesting artists on Instagram. We will be introducing them every tuesday in a series called Introtuesday. Please meet Portland, USA based illustrator Drew Bardana.
Whatare you working on at the moment? I just finished an illustration for Road & Track Magazine on how Mazda Miatas are often viewed as feminine. Like, as if to say, "Is that your girlfriends car?" It was a challenge to create this illustration as a depiction of the stereotype itself rather than to continue the stereotype in image form. I do have to say, though, that my dad drives a Miata and we all get a good laugh at him.
What is your work process like? My process is pretty straight forward. I generate as many ideas as I can in thumbnail sketches. Get it all out - even if it's bad. For me, this is the part of the process that I spend the most time on. I do this because I know that if I have a solid sketch, the rest of the illustration is smooth sailing and fun. I use graphite for all of my illustrations. I like to draw everything out on paper before going digital, even if I only end up using half of it. The most fun part of my process is making textures and art marks to add to each piece.
Do you approach client work differently than personal work? I approach client work and personal work the same, treating myself as my own client. In my personal work, however, I always try to do something different to help build my style, broaden my portfolio and possibly gain new clients or followers. I will often try making an illustration with a different subject matter, using a different color palette or adding a new technique to my digital painting. Challenging myself also keep the work fresh and interesting.
Favorite work snack? Nope. Snack time is snack time. Work time is work time. Ha. I will sip on some coffee while I'm working, though. Go - juice is what I call it.
Any personal projects on the side that you're excited about? This week I have been working on making promotional materials to send out to potential clients. I'd like to draw more food this year so I've been drawing lots of fruits and vegetables. I believe that you have to make work to get work. And it's nice knowing that it comes in waves. Make work, share work, get work.
Follow Drew on Instagram and check out his portfolio at www.drewbardana.com