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We are honored to have, Zach Thomson, as our Featured Artist, he is an amazing logo designer that creates some really nice, clean looking logos, his branding skills are out of this world, go check all of his work out on his wall and while your there make sure to hit that follow button to support a fellow artist!
How long have you been an artist? What is your specialty? Where do u find inspiration?
I’ve been an artist ever since I was a kid. When I was little, I used to watch drawing tutorials and found it fascinating that you could create anything from a blank canvas. I started my graphic design career at the age of 16 when I got my first job as a graphic design intern for the Penisula School District. Flash forward to today and now I mainly specialize in logo design, however, I can also design posters, motion graphics, illustrations, and other various formats. I draw my inspiration from various sources such as Dribbble and Instagram, but also from my co-workers and from different designs I see every day.
Do you have a job in the art industry? If So, what’s one thing you don’t like about it? If no, where would your dream job be?
Yes! Currently, I’m a student designer at the Publicity Center for Central Washinton University. I absolutely love my job as I get to work on a variety of different projects by promoting on-campus events. In addition, I get to see the work my colleagues and I create every day around campus which enables me to reflect on the design process further.
Do you have a favorite Artist?
Recently, I’ve really enjoyed the work that Studio JQ has been releasing as I find the combination of 3-d and abstract shapes to be unique in their style. In addition, I admire Carlos Puentes for finding and defining his style of friendly animals.
What is one accomplishment you’ve had in your life? Does not need to be art related.
Finding what I want to do for the rest of my life, early in my life, is personally one of my biggest accomplishments. I found in high-school that graphic design is my passion and that this is what I want to do. Ultimately this accomplishment allowed me to experience the field early on with the incredible internship I was offered.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
After I graduate, I plan on working in a smaller design firm. Eventually, I envision myself as a creative director or full-time freelancer. However, there are many different fields of design and I’m still experimenting to find the perfect field for me.
If you could meet and talk to any person in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
Bob Ross. He was an inspiration not only through his art but also his advice. He merged ideas of the creative process with life lessons in his own unique ways.
How is one way you make money with your art?
During the summer I make most of my money by freelancing but when school starts I find it difficult to maintain a healthy balance between good grades, work, homework, and freelance projects.
If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
I would travel to Rome to experience the history of art in person. I never was interested in historic art until I took classes that introduced me to them. Being taught about the history of this amazing art is one thing, but experiencing it in person is another. Simply to view the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel would be an incredible experience.
What is your favorite brand of art supply? Whether it’s a brand of pencils or brand of camera or software
The Envato Market. This market has a huge collection of design assets, fonts, websites, you name it. Geared towards creatives, the Envato Market provides me with everything I need as a designer.
Any advice for young artists?
Experiment. Design in different styles, layouts, mediums. Find someone that inspires you and pay attention to your surroundings. Seek out the good design you experience every day. Most importantly, love what you do.