Q&A: ANDREW HOLDER

Andrew Holder is an illustrator I recently came across via Arkitip, and some web browsing. I really enjoy his work, especially the colors, shapes and textures that seem to go really well together in his stuff.

Click below to check out a Q&A with Andrew Holder.


For those who are not familiar with Andrew Holder, please tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I am an Illustrator/designer currently living in Pasadena. I grew up in San Diego. I spend way to much time in front of a computer.

Was there any one thing or inspiration that got you into illustrating?
There isn’t really one specific thing that I can think of. For me, It has been a bit of a creative progression. I have always enjoyed creating with whatever I could get my hands on. Whether it be a brush, a pencil, a guitar, a computer or a hammer. Being an illustrator allows me to pursue many creative outlets and I feel very fortunate that i am able to make a living doing so.

Your work is full of great color and shapes, do you have a certain process you go through to create each piece, or are they all different?
For my personal work usually everything starts out as multiple thumbnail sketches of one idea. From there it becomes more like a puzzle. The puzzle pieces being the basic elements of design such as scale, value, shape, balance and so on. I enjoy the problem solving aspect of the process as frustrating as it can be at times.

What is your favorite medium to work in?
Currently screen prints are my favorite. I enjoy painting in acrylic but often times, because my work is so graphic and flat, it is almost like I am filling in a page from an oversized coloring book.

If we were to look at your desk/work station, what would we see?
Two thirds of the desk is taken up by my computer and computer related things. The other third is a mess. Let me see… pens, ipod, masking tape, fishing line(I don’t even fish), a couple sketch books, a bike light, a ridiculous amount of reciepts and papers that haven’t made it to the trash can yet, glue and who knows what else. It is my unofficial “deal with it later” area.

Who are 3 of your favorite artist’s and why?
That’s a tough one. I don’t really have a top three, but if I was going to make one, these people would be in the running:
Geoff Mcfetridge
David Weidman
The Stenberg brothers
Charles and Ray Eames and many many others

Who was your first “big” client and what did you produce for them?
Roxy hired me right out of school and I am still doing work for them. I am part of what they call the Roxy studio. Basically I create assets for there internal design team. It is nice because I never have to go in there I just give them a certain amount of images every few months.

You recently did some hotel illustrations for Arkitip magazine, how did that come about?
I just got an email out of the blue one day asking me if I would be interested in doing something for the next issue.

Did you just work off of photographs?
Ya, I was given four approved images for photographic reference. I rarely work from photos but it was actually nice to have all of the elements there in front of me. Though there is definitely some invented elements in each piece.

How long did it roughly take you to complete each piece?
I was working on some other things at the same time so I really don’t know.

I’m sure you spend some time on the internet, what are some sites you check out daily?
Designiskinky.net
fecalface.com
Booooooom.com
betterlivingthroughdesign.com
lostateminor.com
ffffound
and I recently just discovered theSelby.com which I think is amazing.

Are there any current projects you are working on that you would care to spill the beans about?
Right now I am mostly getting ready for a show I have coming up at the end of march at Subtext down in San Diego. I am working on this installation piece that is taking up a lot of my time.

Thanks for your time, anything you would like to add before we wrap this?
“Don’t go chasing waterfalls…” TLC

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Be sure to check out Andrew’s work HERE.