Taylor Callery - Callery Illustration [callery]
What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
I am an illustrator. The best way to define yourself as an artist is to have a strong voice that both tells a story and conveys that message with a certain passion. Since art is so subjective to its viewer, it is always a challenge to define or lable such a genre.
I am currently seeking a larger audience in the editorial world that is New York. If you can find a voice in a place with so much noise, you have accepted its challenge and redefined yourself as an artist.
What is your message?
The message is simple...create yourself.
Every assignment has its particular message or meaning, regardless of how importantant it may be to its creator. Each assignment is another stepping stone towards a new horizon.
Your biography in four lines.
Born 1981 in the steel city of Pittsburgh, PA.
2004 graduate of the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI.
Wonderful experiences in illustration from two very important illustrators in my life.
Hard Work, Persistence, and an Unwavering Drive.
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
All new illustration can be view by the link listed below.
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
Ideas in my field are generated through problem solving specific to my clients needs.
Personal inspiration is usually derived from a need to create.
What role does technology play in your creative process?
Technology plays a huge part in my creative process. It allows for quick turn around and an even larger canvas for creativity.
What is art?
Art is too subjective to give a proper explanation. My view of art will always differ from another artists point of view.
When do you get your best ideas?
The best ideas always come to mind at the exact time you take a step back from the assignment and view the world that is around you.
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
It all really depends on the message. If the work communicates the specific idea, then you have done a good job.
Three creative ideas that you would have liked to have created?
"Star Series" completed by Mucha.
"Club Fighter" completed by Robert Riggs.
Anyting and everything that has to do with one of my favorite bands, Queens of the Stone Age.
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
As a child I was always drawing, so it has been in my nature ever since :)
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
If anything, it is a misunderstanding of passion...but most of the artists I know are happy to have the ability to create.
Do you consider yourself postmodern?
How should a work of art be evaluated?
Simply by enjoying the image in front of you, whether you care for the work or not.
Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?
Not necessarily. I believe that a certain assignment might take you out of your comfort zone, which forces you to adapt, but adaptation is the best way to survive.
Which artists do you admire and how do they influence your work?
Admired Illustrators: John Ritter, Jacob Thomas, and an old schooler by the name of Robert Riggs.
The list could go on and on, but these are the artist who have opened my eyes to what illustration is all about.
It is not how you create an illustration, it is how you determine to communicate the idea.
Is art necessary?
Art is necessary in so many ways that my head hurts just trying to organize the question :)
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
Is a work of art purchased, or is it better said, that it is the artist who is bought?
It is all about making a living from a career that allows you to create.
In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
This is a complex question that has no simple answer. Usually most artists say it is an instinct, but for those times you do get stuck, it is always nice to turn to an artist in your field that you admire and ask for guidance.
How do you feel about the fact that the pieces exhibited in contemporary art museums are often of artists already deceased?
Does it really matter? I have always used them as an inspiration or as another way to communicate an idea or subject. History is the foundation of any Future.
What types of jobs do you usually do?
Which of your jobs or tasks do you most enjoy?
All of them. As long as I can keep creating and growing as an illustrator, I will be more than happy.
Do you personally collect any items?
Any prints I can find by Mucha.
Which websites do you frequently visit?
What advice would you give to those just beginning?
Since I am fairly new to the game myself, I will pass along a sample of advice that was given to me. Focus your work on goals or clients you wish to work for. In creating a portfolio that fits his or her demographic, you are essentially creating work that fits in well for everyone.
Of course take what you can get to keep the creative juices flowing, but stay focused and work hard for the ultimate ending to your story.
"Shoot for the Stars, and in any case you will fall into the Clouds" -Jacob Thomas (speaking of illustration 2008).
Taylor Callery - Callery Illustration