Today we peak into the world of Clint Reid! Enjoy, Happy Monday and feel free to let us know what you think of his work.
Who is Clint Reid and what do you do?
My name is Clint. I’m a designer, an illustrator, a coffee drinker, a bicycle rider, an occasional screen printer, an over-analyzer, a beard grower, a music lover, an enthusiastic uncle, a worrier and a lister-of-things.
How would you define your style or art?
I’m not sure. On the surface, it’s usually just pencils and pens and watercolor. I suppose the style definition would mostly lie in how/why it’s made. Each piece is made because I feel the need to capture an idea, a particular range of emotions, or an overall feeling…a self-contained story floating in it’s own world on a little piece of paper. I try to not limit myself with how I initially think an illustration should look, and let it become what it needs to be. I saw a Picasso quote once that sums it up nicely…it went something like “I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.”
What inspires your work?
I draw a lot of inspiration from music, cartoons, my childhood, struggles with anxiety and depression, and having sketch sessions at the coffee shop with my friends.
What are you currently working on?
I’ve just made the transition to being fully self-employed again, and relocated headquarters. I’m setting up a small screen printing studio for my apparel, and illustrating personal projects and a few commissions.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
I figure it doesn’t matter where you learn, at a school or internet or coffee shop…get a well rounded perspective, try new things, let yourself make mistakes and learn from them, chase after things, let go of things, view art from a “creating a solution to a problem” perspective. Do stuff and make stuff, by yourself and with friends. Work hard. Find things that encourage and motivate you, and motivate and encourage those around you.