Artist Interview: Jeff DeWeerd

It’s always a pleasure to get to know the artist behind the work. This week, I interviewed Jeff DeWeerd, one of our local artists. Read on to find out more about him.

Tell us about yourself and how you got started as an illustrator.

In Grade 2, a friend of mine was getting a lot of attention from the girls for drawing a really nice bird. I knew then the power of being able to draw. By Grade 5, I knew art was going to be my career, although then my idea of being a successful illustrator was getting paid to draw Spiderman all day.

In college, I studied both Graphic Design & Illustration, and after graduating I found it a lot easier to get work as a designer, so that became my focus for many years. A few years later, I decided to amp up the illustration side of things.

How did you find your illustration style?
The style I use for most of my work for ImageZoo came about from working in silkscreening. There was a lot of scrap exposed (black) film around, that when scratched, looked a lot like a woodcut, so I started to play with that, adding colour digitally.

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image copyright © Jeff DeWeerd
From the collection Strictly Business.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
Inspiration comes from all around – comics, other illustrator’s websites, vintage books & magazines, Illustrator Annuals and the like.

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image copyright © Jeff DeWeerd

What has been your favorite illustration or design project so far?

I had a chance to do a series of ‘dead before their time’ Rock Stars that was great to work on. As well, the series I did for ImageZoo entitled ‘Strictly Business’ was a fun challenge as I’ve never done that many spot illos in the same style before, it forced me to refine and streamline my technique.

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image copyright © Jeff DeWeerd

What are you working on now?
I’m currently between illustration projects, so I’m doing a lot of ‘found’ object collages, more for fun then profit.

To view more of Jeff’s work, go here.

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