You can read my brief interview with Nicholas below, but before you do, one housekeeping note. I fell somewhat behind in commissioning Illustrate Me work towards the end of last year, and so you may notice that this latest entry actually skips over January’s archives. This is my attempt to catch up, as it were, and get back on a reasonably accurate schedule. For the time being, I’m leaving January un-illustrated, and I think I’m going to do a little pinch-hitting myself and fill it in with one of my own drawings, for a change. That should come real soon. As soon as I get all of this other stuff done.
Questions for Nicholas Blechman
What was your inspiration for January’s Illustrate Me?
Cleaning my closet I found a can of spray paint with a diagram showing how to spray and I thought, “That’s a good metaphor.”
Do you think of yourself as an illustrator or a designer? Or are they inseparable activities for you?
Actually I think of myself as an art director-illustrator, who sometimes has to be a designer…
How you define the difference between an art director and a designer?
It’s a fine line. The art director is responsible for visual content, like asking an illustrator each month to draw three posts. The designer sets up the format, establishes the grid, makes it happen.