Mary Ross [mrossillus]
What is your specialty in illustration?
Loose, elegant, sensitive line quality. Reducing form to essence. I like to call it "Loose is More"
What are your regular clients like? What do they expect from you?
My clients are very diverse and the assignments are very diverse
Is there a web address where we can see some of your work?
Have you completed formal art studies, or are you self-taught?
How did you get your first full assignment? What did it involve?
A graphic designer friend saw my drawings and said "you should be an illustrator" and gave me a job for a magazine cover.
What past or present day illustrators do you admire most?
R.O. Blechman, David Levine, Saul Steinberg
How similar are your current drawings to those you did as a child?
I was a doodler. Still am. Simple, whimsical
What was your favorite comic book as a child?
Do you have a particular style, or does it vary a lot?
I work in several styles, all with a sense of loose simplicity
What is hardest to draw?
What type of music do you listen to while you work?
Do you have a favorite work of art?
Favorite artists: Miro, Matisse, Picasso
What do you do when a client simply says "I don't like it"?
That's always hard to hear, but often I find when I'm pushed to redo, it does come out better
What new techniques have you been experimenting with lately?
I'm doing a new line style that I call "Blot Line", working on very absorbent paper to achieve unexpected variations in the line
What part of your work do you do on paper and what part digitally?
I always to the line work on paper and scan and do color on the computer
San Francisco, USA