Category «Maker Spotlight»

The Bold World of Alicia van Zyl

Nov 5th, 2019
Rachal Duggan
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Maker Spotlight: Illustrator, Graphic Designer & Hand Letterer Alicia van Zyl Tell us a bit about yourself Haai! My name’s Alicia van Zyl aka muhahalicia (like an evil laugh is attached to my name). I’m a freelance illustrator and graphic designer from Johannesburg, South Africa. My work is heavily influenced by my heritage and surroundings …

Finding Balance & Inspiration in a Creative Lifestyle

Nov 5th, 2019
Rachal Duggan
343

Maker Spotlight: Graphic Designer, Illustrator & Art Director Ashley Hohnstein Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m a designer based in Minneapolis. By day, I work at Target on owned brand packaging. At night, I freelance and work on personal projects in the realm of illustration and lettering. I enjoy creating work that is colorful, …

Merging Art + Technology with Machine-Generated Graphics

Jul 29th, 2019
Rachal Duggan
343

Maker Spotlight: Mixed Media Artist Samyo Tell us a bit about your creative practice. I produce a variety of generative graphics for live performances and creative spaces. What’s your workspace like? I keep my workspace as concise as possible to keep things light and portable. In some of my projects, I harness the Mac mini’s …

Carra Sykes’ Colorful Library of Ideas

Jun 28th, 2019
Rachal Duggan
343

Maker Spotlight: Designer & Illustrator Carra Sykes Tell us a bit about your creative practice. Hi! My name is Carra and I am a full-time freelance illustrator and designer! Most of my work is colorful and fun, but it also speaks to things that are dear to my heart. I’ve been drawing since I could …

When Art Meets Science

May 29th, 2019
Rachal Duggan
343

Maker Spotlight: Medical Illustrator Kellyn Sanders Tell us a bit about your creative practice. My creative practice stems from a love of medicine, science, and art. Two years into a pre-nursing career path, I came across medical illustration and decided to change my major. My parents were hesitant about this change because, like most people, …

A Conversation on Creativity and Crafting Brands

Apr 16th, 2019
Rachal Duggan
343

Maker Spotlight: Business Owner & Creative Director Jenny Tod Tell us a bit about yourself and your creative practice. I’m Jenny Tod, Owner and Creative Director at Jenny Tod Creative. I combine critical thinking with expert artistry to help small businesses best present their purpose to the people. I offer three main services that encompass …

Driven by Color: Digitally Painting Light, Pattern, and Texture

Mar 8th, 2019
Rachal Duggan
343

Maker Spotlight: Madeline Spetrino You can’t help but take a few extra moments to observe Madeline’s creations. While her work is entirely digital, she beautifully captures the depth and richness of plants and animals. Much of her work morphs into a surreal and mesmerizing pattern. We spoke with Madeline to better understand her creative inspiration, …

Capturing Meaning Through Portrait Photography

Feb 4th, 2019
Rachal Duggan
343

Maker Spotlight: Photographer Aidan Brooks Our team first noticed Aidan Brooks while scrolling through #Astropad on Instagram. His photographs instantly pull the viewer in and connect you with various parts of the world. We were compelled to reach out. Based in London, Aidan spends much of his time traveling to capture everything from intimate portraits of …

Behind the Scenes with Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Illustrator

Dec 11th, 2017
Savannah Reising
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Lucasfilm illustrator Brian Rood gives a glimpse into his digital workflow with Astropad You recently illustrated the special edition Star Wars cover for Time Magazine. What was that like?  I’ve been freelancing for Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise for the past 15 years. Over the past four years I’ve been extremely busy creating artwork for …

How an ex-Apple Art Director is Revolutionizing Plush Product Design

Nov 15th, 2017
Savannah Reising
343

Marissa Louie — a former Art Director at Apple and a longtime friend of Astropad — left the corporate world to pursue her childhood dream of making stuffed animals. We caught up with Marissa to learn about the design process for her new product, Animoodles.  What are Animoodles? Animoodles are magnetic plushies that you can …