Timeout with Vic Bell

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

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

avatarHello! My name is Vic Bell. I’m a freelance Illustrator, Iconographer and Designer. I’m from the UK, a true northern girl from a small town called Hartlepool. I’ve been illustrating since I was about 14l. After school I went onto study Design in college and Animation and Illustration at University in Newcaslte. I now reside in a small village close to Durham, I work from my little house surrounded by wildlife and countryside. I love it … even if it is freezing cold 360 days out of a year.

What are you working on?

I’m currently working on a few different projects, a lot of variation this month! A big one for me at the moment is a set I’m illustrating for Neon Mobb along side the awesome Rogie, which I’m really exited about. I’m trying to learn all I can on a daily basis from my bud Gav Elliot who I bug night and day on Skype for advice and feedback. Also working on some ace branding projects, a lot of awesome icon sets and a wicked info graphic illustration with Kyee. All in all it’s an exciting time for me! :)

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

I have a few pieces I’m really proud of, mostly the work I did for Happiest. This time round though I’m going to have to choose this icon I made for my own website to link back to the store. The reason I choose this shot is because it’s so different to the work I usually do, I was so nervous about approaching an illustration icon that had no safety blanket of lifework. This said, I had so much fun with it and I’m hoping to find some time to play with more work like this in the new year, possibly some assets for a game … who knows!

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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.)

OK so I’m glad you asked! Because I’ve recently upgraded my whole desk area and wanted to show it off! I’m currently working on a 27inch iMac, unlike most illustrators I don’t use a graphics tablet, just a wicked Logitech mouse. I sketch on a Goldline A4 50gsm layout pad. I also keep a Dot Grid Book to hand for certain icon, logo and type concepts. Staedtler 0.7mm mechanical pencil and a few Copic brush markers for type concepts.

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

This one is so tough, I think I’m going to go with Colin Hesterly's Road to Pixar piece. I love this so much! I’m a huge pixar fan so this was lovely to see, Colin’s style is something I refer to time and time again for inspiration. Awesome job dude!

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