We're constantly looking for interesting artists on Instagram. We will be introducing them every tuesday in a series called Introtuesday. Please meet Amsterdam, the Netherlands based graphic designer / illustrator Timo Kuilder. Please note that Timo's site is dutch for 'Black Coffee' - Drip For Drip approved!
What are you working on at the moment? Currently I’m doing a set of commissioned holiday cards. The client actually came to me because they found this self-initiated project. Which in the end didn’t get used. So pretty happy to be doing something along these lines. That’s why I like to mix up personal projects with commercial work as well. Personal projects can definitely help in landing new work, because a potential client found some doodle or little experiment on my social media.
What is your work process like? My process is pretty much the same for every project. I’m pretty structured and rigid in this. Starting off with looking for some inspiration, which can be anything. Not necessarily illustrated work. Sometimes sharing this with the client. From there to pencils, so there’s still room to go left or right. Without spending too much time on it yet, just to get the idea across. From this draft I go to a more finished illustration, which means mainly vectorising in illustrator. Colouring can be quite personal, so sometimes I end up doing a lot of different colour compositions. This can be quite a battle sometimes with the client, which I hate. Ha! Sometimes I end up in Photoshop to add some texture, but mainly I hang out in Illustrator. I like that the overall process is pretty low key. You don’t need a fancy scanner or a Wacom Cintiq. I go from pretty rough pencils, which I just shoot with a phone. With personal work there is a bit more room for experiment and trying out something new.
Favourite work snack? Does coffee count as a snack? I don’t really snack in between work, sort of get sucked into the work. But I do like those offscreen moments, which is grabbing a coffee outside or go for a little stroll with my dog.
Any personal projects on the side that you're excited about? At the moment we're starting this platform called Phiction where visual art, writing and design combine to form new stories. Basically we have a writer create a story, poem or piece of text based on a piece of visual art from another artist (or the other way around). We just did a first issue which we created ourselves. But the most exciting part about this side project for me is to be collaborating with all these amazing artists. The next issue is already in the works and will be a poem and a matching photograph. B.D. Graft will create something for the issue after that together with a writer. Stoked!
Follow Timo on Instagram and check out his portfolio at www.zwartekoffie.com