Timeout with Timothy Banks

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

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

avatarHi guys, my name is Tim, and I’m a professional illustrator for some really cool clients. I currently hang my hat in beautiful Charleston, SC where all of my extra time is spent keeping up with my 18 month old.


What are you working on?

Right now I’m working on a project for Capstone publishing. Last week I finished up a cover (my third) for Paste Magazine for an illustration about The Walking Dead (you can see a shot of the image on my profile). I have ongoing work with McGraw-Hill which usually centers around educational materials. I also have a variety of books I’m working on for Amazon’s CreateSpace publishing company. And, I teach part time at a local art college.

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

Something fishy is my favorite shot to date. I think it captures everything that is great about my style. It has an energetic sketch, creepy but sweet character, and a nice balance of value and color. I’ve always leaned heavily on my ability to sketch, and recently I’ve tried to really explore the limits of how line can be used in my final pieces. I switched to doing all of my commercial work digitally about 3 years ago, and it’s completely changed my process. I work quicker now, and for me that’s a good thing. I think this piece is a good example of that.

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

I finally bit the bullet and bought a new iMac this summer, and, oh man, it’s been nice to have a speedier computer and sharper monitor. I still have my old iMac on standby, and mostly I use it for storage, spotify and netflix. I have a size medium Wacom Intuous 4 tablet, and I work on all my commercial stuff with this little guy (sketch to final). My go-to software is Sketchbook Pro (for the mac), Sketchbook Designer and Illustrator. I usually do every step of an image using my computer, but occasionally I’ll work up something on my drafting table.

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

There are too many to choose from!! There are some amazing illustrators on Dribbble like Glenn Jones, Melanie Matthews and Dave Mott, but I still love one of the first shots I liked on here. It’s Minotaur by Dushan Milic. So inspiring, definitely check out his work. 

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