We're constantly looking for interesting artists on Instagram.We will be introducing them every tuesday in a series called Introtuesday.Please meet Columbus, United States based illustrator, designer, and pre-pressproducer Nicole Cmar.
Whatare you working on at the moment? Irecently started working a full time gig as a pre-press producer for a localprinting and design company. I'm also in the middle of a move right now, sothings have been pretty busy lately. In the mean time, I'm having fun withexperimental pieces and working on a small compilation of poetry I've titledSpam.
What is your work process like? Usually I begin with listening to musicand brainstorming. Some of my favorites are The Velvet Underground, They MightBe Giants, and John and Yoko. Then I sketch with china marker on printer paperuntil I come up with a solid sketch. From there I get into Photoshop and createthe general shapes and color of the illustration, and add in any detail later.If I'm not on a time crunch, I like to take an hour or two away from a projectbefore finishing so I come back with fresh eyes. For clients, I typically makemy ideas more clear with sketches before starting on anything, but for personalwork I like building on the original idea and allowing the production toprimarily happen on screen. Either way, I try keeping the style consistent forboth.
Favorite work snack? Potatoes of any sort. I love them all equally.
Any personal projects on the side that you're excited about? I'mstarting a series of album covers and posters for some of my favorite bands(maybe like one per month.) Me and my buddy said if we were in a band we'd callourselves The Used Napkins, haha, so I plan on making a fictional cover forthat too. I think it will be fun to come up with all the titles of the songs onthe back of the album and maybe include some lyrics as well. I’m hoping aproject like this will give me a chance to push my style a little further andtry out some new techniques along the way.
Follow Nicole on Instagram and check out her portfolio at www.nicolecmar.com