Interview with Glennz
- Nov 11, 2013
Anyone into t-shirt culture already saw or have a Glennz t-shirt, probably because he's a legend on this niche, a truly godfather of the tee design. Over the last decade, Glenn made a huge following with his comic, sarcastic and funny designs and now we had the pleasure to now more about this awesome illustrator.
You can see more from Glennz on the following links:
1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for illustration and graphic design started?
I've always enjoyed drawing so from very early on I had decided I wanted some kind of career in the creative field. Graphic design and illustration was just a natural progression for me.
2) Which designers do you use as reference?
None really, I think my style just developed from doing a lot of pictorial graphics and infographics early in my design career. I've always had an interest in mechanical and instructional drawings and the clean simple graphics achieved with vector illustration.
3) Your style is quite influenced by pop culture and old school designs. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it?
It started when I was submitting designs to Threadless. I found by putting my own spin on pop culture, that seemed to resonate with the community on Threadless, so I just continued down that track of pop culture/ humorous designs.
4) Describe us a bit about your creative process while creating a piece.
It's fairly simple. I often come across an object or subject as a starting point, then try to think of ways to put a fresh spin on that. I often leave or forget about it for awhile then it will just pop back into my head and I'll go ahead and draw it. I draw everything in Adobe Illustrator. I have a pretty good picture in my head of how I want it to look, so I draw a quick rough on screen first, convert that to guides then draw the final on top of that.
My drawing process for my Glennz Tees shirt designs, I use the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator and draw with a Wacom tablet. If needed, I draw a quick rough on screen first, then convert that to guides to draw my final illustration on top of that. Start to finish 79 mins compressed into 3. Vote for this concept here http://concepts.glennz.com/
5)What's would you consider the best moment on you career till now?
Leaving my graphic design career to focus on what I wanted to do more (illustration and Tshirt design). Less stress. more fun.
6) How do you describe your daily routine?
Spend some time with my family, go through inbox, work on Glennz Tees business, then try to come up with some design ideas. Ideas aren't always that easy to come up with so I just try to do something totally different. Out for a coffee, exercise, freelance work. depends on whats happening at the time.
7) Being a multimedia artist, please tell us what's your favorite media to work with? Why?
Adobe illustrator vector graphics have always been my preferred.
8) Tell us five lessons you believe are really important for every illustrator.
1. Keep drawing, it makes you better
2. Look at what other illustrators are doing, its inspiring and you can learn a lot
3. If you illustrate for a job, make sure you have have a creative release that allows you to work on stuff you want to draw rather than have to draw.
4. Embrace the internet. Your portfolio now has a world audience through sites like behance, dribbble etc.
5. Enjoy what you do
9) Tell us five websites that you like to visit.
10) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business.
Just give it a go and make mistakes, you learn from those and you'll be better for it. Enjoy the ride. Thanks!