Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews, five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Thanks to Karli for being today’s interviewee.
Who are you? Let us know where you hail from and what you do.
I’m a resident of Spokane, a medium-sized town on the east side of Washington State. I independently design full time which allows me to do a lot of other things like run a design blog and start a music venue with my husband. I’m super involved in the artistic community locally but because of my work, I get to interact with clients all over the world, mostly independent musicians and small businesses. I do a wide range of projects but usually end up getting called on the most for branding projects, editorial illustration and album art.
What are you working on?
Currently I’m working on a logo for a brand new neighborhood brew pub opening in Spokane. I’ve done a few spot illustrations for different random clients this month and am working on some lettering pieces to go on trucker hats for a Canadian hat company called Ambler Apparel. Since I just opened up a music venue in December with my husband, I’m doing a lot of random posters and flyers to promote shows and different events we have scheduled.
Choose a favorite shot of yours. Tell us why it’s a favorite.
Liberty Edits. This shot isn’t my most viewed piece but I feel like it represents what I love about my Dribbble experience the most. The piece never got used by the client and it was basically a progress shot in the middle of a project for a cidery. I was doing a lot of experimenting and I really love being able to share some of those points in the midst of my work that I feel good about, but that maybe won’t make it through revisions. It gives me a chance to step back and appreciate or celebrate the steps of the process more, versus plowing through until it’s done and then moving on to the next job. I also just really enjoy the balance of the piece overall, how simple it is and how the curves flow together.
Tell us about your setup. What tools did you use to create the shot (e.g. hardware, software, pens, paper, blowtorch)?
This particular shot was created mostly in Illustrator using the pen tool with the little effects added in Photoshop to create the shadowing. There were several digital rounds of this particular piece based off an initial sketch. My setup usually is a MacBook Pro, a Wacom Tablet, the Creative Cloud (mostly Illustrator and Photoshop), pens, regular old printer paper and lots of tracing paper. Sometimes I break out other art supplies — paint, brushes, charcoal, watercolors, etc.
Choose a favorite shot from another player. Tell us why you dig it.
Home Loans by Tiffany Patterson. I’m a huge fan of Tiffany Patterson, who is a friend and fellow artist here in Spokane. We live in a pretty artistically conservative town, so when Tiffany was hired to create some bus wraps and billboards for a credit union campaign here, I was so excited! I knew a splash of her whimsical, colorful illustrations would brighten the city. This is my favorite of the pieces she was hired for. I love the colors and her distinct style and I especially love that it’s on a big billboard I drive by almost daily.