Timeout with Ryan Brinkerhoff

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews. Five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Many thanks to Ryan for being today’s interviewee.

Who are you? Let us know where you hail from and what you do.

avatarMy name is Ryan Brinkerhoff. I am a designer/illustrator hailing from Columbus, Ohio. I am Art Director at Origo Branding Company, a marketing and communications agency located in downtown Columbus. On my free time, I make posters and various illustrations at Bandito Design Co., which I started in 2009 when I graduated from the Columbus College of Art & Design.

What are you working on?

Right now I am working on an illustration project for Yay Bikes! I am creating 12 “bike monsters” that each represent a monthly themed bike-ride organized by Yay Bikes! Buttons and posters are generated from the illustrations. The themes are pretty fun, ranging from music to back-to-school. See some of it here.

Choose a favorite shot of yours. Tell us why it’s a favorite.

A favorite shot of mine was a recent one: Don’t Tread on Me. I like it because it gives a snippet of the final poster, has the entire poster attached, and also has a link in the comments to an animated gif revealing the initial sketch. I really enjoy seeing the process of an illustration, so recently I’ve been trying to share as much of it as possible.


Tell us about your setup. What tools did you use to create the shot(s)? (e.g. hardware, software, pens, paper, blowtorch, etc.)

I usually do a rough thumbnail sketch on paper or in illustrator with the pencil tool (really rough, in that case). Then I just work through the illustration in illustrator. My textures are all vector, either created by me or modified versions of this vector brush pack by Ryan Clark. Animated gifs are obsessively created in Photoshop. Photoshop is pretty much only used for image creating for web, and animated gifs.

Choose a favorite shot from another player. Tell us why you dig it.

I really dig this Frog Prince shot by Graham Erwin. There are so many great little things going on in this shot; it tells so many awesome little stories. The texture is intense, but works really well for the piece. The combination of the first shot and the rebounds of the final printed poster is when it gets really good. Again, I really enjoy seeing projects go from beginning to end!


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