Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews. Five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Many thanks to Valerie for being today’s interviewee.
Who are you? Let us know where you hail from and what you do.
My name is Valerie Jar and I’m a designer/illustrator in Salt Lake City. Currently, I’m working at Struck. I’m inspired by art deco, vintage signs, hand-lettering, tattoo art and people. When I’m not working, I love cycling, riding my motorcycle, yoga, photography and wandering.
What are you working on?
Right now, I’m working on illustrations and style guide material for a couple of entertainment properties, some additional stamps for the National Parks by National Geographic app, and some logos. In addition to that, recovering from a broken collarbone I received while out cycling a month ago.
Choose a favorite shot of yours. Tell us why it’s a favorite.
Ursa Major was a lot of fun to work on because I had pure freedom over the subject matter and style. It was one of the initial prints made for SmashThis, an online letterpress print exchange. A lot of my personal work plays into my interests and I loved being able to throw things that I love into this.
Tell us about your setup. What tools did you use to create the shot(s)? (e.g. hardware, software, pens, paper, blowtorch, etc.)
I do really rough sketches in mini notebooks that I carry with me. On the computer, I work primarily in Illustrator with a little bit of Photoshop here and there. My work area is modest and small, and is located in a corner of my living room, and that works perfectly for me. It consists of a 15” MacBook Pro and a bunch of random, cluttery junk.
Choose a favorite shot from another player. Tell us why you dig it.
It’s so hard to pick a favorite, but Bunny Hop by Renee Fernandez is definitely one of mine. It feels all at once minimal, clean, yet visually striking and the typography is gorgeous.