Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews. Five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Many thanks to Troy for being today’s interviewee.
Who are you? Let us know where you hail from and what you do.
My name is Troy Cummings. I’m an illustrator who does mostly editorial stuff, and a good deal of kids/educational illustration. I’m also a writer—I’ve written/illustrated a picture book called The Eensy Weensy Spider Freaks Out!.
I live and work in Greencastle, Indiana, USA. If you don’t know where that is, it’s about 10 miles north of Cloverdale.
What are you working on?
I’m writing/illustrating a series of kids books about monsters. I’m also illustrating a couple of jigsaw puzzles and an iPad pop-up book.
Choose a favorite shot of yours. Tell us why it’s a favorite.
One of my favorites is the box art for a card game called “Let’s Take a Hike”. It combines all of my favorite things: a dopey bear, a guy with both eyes on the same side of his head, and a skunk. The whole project was pretty fun; I hope to do more card or board games soon.
Tell us about your setup. What tools did you use to create the shot(s)? (e.g. hardware, software, pens, paper, blowtorch, etc.)
I always start with pencil sketches. I scan these into illustrator to block out shapes and colors. Then I bring those shapes into photoshop, where I paint textures and details with my digital tablet. I recently upgraded to a Cintiq which pretty much rules.
Choose a favorite shot from another player. Tell us why you dig it.
Like everyone else on Dribble, I’m a big fan of Anna Hurley. Look at these drums! Her lines, shapes and colors are the best. Cool and funny at the same time.