Nathan-John Whitbourne is a close friend of mine all the way from Calgary. Nathan is a versatile creative mind, bent on exploring the visual arts as well as music.
When did your first start illustrating or designing?
I started art (illustration) predominantly at the end of high school.
I wanted to do animation, and started taking art class for that reason.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration for art by my visceral response. If it resonates with myself, I know I’m on the right track, and then I work on understanding and portraying it. This visceral response could be from a piece of music, from film, or even walking down the street, and seeing a lady wearing a blue jacket next to an orange wall.
How do you go about getting ideas for your designs?
I get my ideas from experience and understanding. There are many nuances on a personal journey, which are ideal ideas for illustration and design. It’s a process of collecting moments, and then abstracting the prime elements from them, and turning them into a body of work.
What is your favourite medium to work with?
My favourite medium is video. I like the idea of motion. Time is an important element in my work, and video is a great tool to depict and manipulate this.
Is there anything you are currently working on?
Yes! I’m currently working on my grad school portfolio, and an art series called The Inevitable Spiral of Daydreams.
What does your workflow look like?
My workflow relies on a rough idea, a rough outline, and then showing up to do it. I think the last part is the hardest. The anxiety doesn’t go away, but it’s about jumping in regardless of apprehension or fear.
Current playlist as your work?
I usually work in silence, but when I take a break. I’m rocking Frank Ocean, Kanye West (still a fan), and Sampha
Is there any insight or advise you would like to give others in their creative journey?
Trust. This is the most important thing. You need to learn to have a creative trust with yourself, and to not worry as much as you think you need too. It is so easy to become a self-critic or cynic to the art world and life in general.
Are there any illustrators or designer you are a fan of that you that you think deserve some exposure?
Hmmm. Danny Fox is a painter, but his work really resonates and I think he deserves a look up. I’m not too sure haha, I haven’t exposed myself to other designers in a while.