I was honoured to have been invited, along with Kenneth Ormandy of Type Brigade and Briony Crane of Goodforks, by Adobe to speak at their Creative Jam event in Vancouver last Friday evening. For those who missed it, I spoke on a couple recent New York related projects, Stickyscapes New York (Laurence King Publishing) and a soon-to-be-released pocket guide for Herb Lester Associates. Both of these have yet to be launched, so it was a good opportunity to share the work without it being published yet.
The challenge for me was how to talk about a process that is completely personal and make it relevant to my audience, who may or may not have an interest in illustration, specifically. My approach was to describe the context of my projects, the requirements of each, and how I solved various tactical and creative problems throughout. The underlying message perhaps was that it's okay to take on jobs that are big and scary and seem impossible, but you need to make compromises and adopt tools that will serve you best along your way. One main compromise not to take though (and this is perhaps more specific to illustration): don't work in someone else's style, especially on the most important projects.
It was my first speaking engagement outside of academia, and really the first time I had to talk about my process specifically. My stomach was in knots the entire day leading up to the event, but it turned out to be a lot of fun! Let's do it again sometime soon!