I came across some highly cool artwork by New York based Leif Parsons. One of the re-occurring elements of his work is the capture of movement and action within his compositions, which enlivens the work he does. I sent over a few questions about his stuff to learn more.
How did you get into illustration?
I came to New York as a older student to study illustration, but I disliked it so I switched to part time and studied design.
While there I would also audit / sit-in on other classes that seemed interesting. Near the end I took a independent study with Bleckman and Nieman that re-ignited my interest in illustration, and upon graduation I just hustled and hustled!
What is the work process and tools of the work you do?
My illustration process is idea driven -I usually lie in bed and make notes trying to think of an idea that makes me happy.
I then get reference and sketch it up hoping I have cool editors / art directors that don’t want to make it more literal. For illustration I am essentially just drawing with a pencil though in my art practice I am using paint, collage, and assorted other materials.
What are you working on right now?
Â© Leif Parsons, 2010
What is your one self-promotion tip?
Make something nice enough (and interesting enough) that you would want to keep it, then perhaps an art director will want to do the same…