TBK: Interview with Emma Trithart
Hope your week is going well! It's been so rainy over here. I know we need the rain because you know, it California but it was day after day. Super sad! I don't know how people deal with gloomy weather in Seattle. They should all be given 1-month vacays to any tropical destination in the world to remember what the sun and beach feel like. Wait...we all should be given free 1-month vacays! Let's do it, people! Petition to make it happen. Go to your computers and get ready to sign electronically. All hands on your mouse friends and prepare for battle!
*Gets too excited and falls off chair*
Ahem...Looks around and adjusts self.
Ok, so if you're done petitioning, come gather round my eh...blog child and take a seat. Have I got a story to tell you. While feeling very happy to see some sunshine after weeks of gloomy rainy I got to chat with the most badass artist around; the wonderful Emma Trithart.
If you haven't heard of the lovely being that is Emma Trithart than you are missing out! Originally born from Ann Arbor, Michigan. she attended college in Minneapolis, Minnesota, then this cutie made her way across the country to reside in her forever home (for now) Los Angeles. Her work has a unique edge to them with a charm that is all her own. All her pieces have a bit of Emma inserted everywhere and wouldn't you like some artwork from this rad girl? I know I do!
So are y'all ready to hear the juicy details!
Let's get it, let's go!
"Self Portrait" © Emma Trithart
L: THE PEOPLE WANNA KNOW; WHAT DO YOU DO AND FOR HOW LONG?
E: I'm a graphic designer for social media by day, freelance illustrator by night. I've been doing freelance illustration since I graduated college in 2008, and I've been working at various social media agencies for the last two-ish years.
L: SOUNDS FUN! SO WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO DO ART?
E: By nature, I'm a fairly awkward person, and art has been one of the few things that always came naturally to me. Even as a kid I was always drawing my favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (Raphael, DUH), dinosaurs, Redwall characters and all the other things that occupied my brain.
"Thanksgiving Mouse" © Emma Trithart
L: OMG, YES! WE'RE ALL JUST AWKWARD LITTLE BABY ANGELS WHO JUST NEED TO DRAW IT OUT. SO TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR PROCESS.
E: Even though my work is 90% digital, my most successful pieces start out with pencil and paper. For some reason, this just leads to more solid work and way better compositions than when I try to sketch in photoshop. After that, I'll take a photo of the sketch, bring that into photoshop and set about establishing flat colors (like the in-progress shot below). After I've figured out a palette and roughed up those clean lines a bit I'll go in with one of my favorite brushes and add a brunch of texture using Overlay. Finally, I add some details and linework...and I'm set!
Above: Rough Draft In-Progress in Photoshop
Below: Final Piece
"Witchsona 2017" © Emma Trithart
L: THAT'S ONE BADASS WITCH! I LOVE IT! OKAY, SO YOU'VE DONE SOME EDITORIAL WORK & ILLUSTRATIONS FOR CHILDREN RELATED PRODUCTS. HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT? WAS THAT SOMETHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO PURSUE?
E: At first after graduation, I was doing a lot of self-promoting. I printed up postcards and went to bookstores with a notepad and wrote down the name of every art director/magazine's address that I found that looked like they could use an illustrator. Finally, I was contacted by BUST, which was a fantastic first freelance job. After that, I finally moved onto e-mailing art directors (so much easier, and definitely less paper wasted!) before finding an amazing agency (The Bright Group) who now do most of my promotion. They're the ones who really got me into illustrating children's books and products! In college, I was dead set on being an editorial illustrator and didn't think children's illustration was right for me. This is a great lesson in allowing change into your life because now I primarily work on children's illustrations...and I love it! Never close yourself off to one venue of work just because you're not sure about it.
L: THAT'S SOME GOOD ADVICE! ALRIGHTY, SO TIME FOR SOME FUN! MARRY, DATE, OR KILL. TUMBLR, NETFLIX, OR INSTAGRAM. GO!
E: Marry Netflix, Date Instagram, Kill Tumblr (because I never update it anyway).
L: THAT'S OK TUMBLR I'LL MARRY YOU. HAHA. OKAY, FAVORITE ARTIST?
E: So manyyyyy here's a couple: Constantin Brancusi, Barbara Hepworth, Eyvind Earle, J.P. Miller, Moebius, Chuck Groenink, Isabelle Arsenault, Natasha Allegri... the list goes on and on.
"Map of Los Feliz" © Emma Trithart
L: SOMETHING THAT ALWAYS MAKES YOU SMILE?
E: This gif..
L: SUPER CUTE! OK YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT YET?
E: Either doing illustrations for American Girl magazine or just receiving a color proof for my newest children's book!
L: ONE THING YOU LIKE & ONE THING THAT MAKES YOU GO YIKES?
E: LIKES: Lattes from Cafecito Organic. YIKES: Touching spinach that's gone bad.
L: OH YES! I "YIKES" AT SPINACH THAT'S BAD AS WELL...EWW. HAHA OK, LAST QUESTION. ANY ADVICE YOU'D LIKE TO GIVE TO ALL THE LOVELY CREATIVES OUT THERE?
E: Don't be afraid of change, or trying something new! It's a constant struggle for me, but every time someone challenges me to do something new I end up loving the results.
"Summer Vacation" © Emma Trithart
Thank you so much, Emma, for letting me interview you. It was really fun!
Have a fun weekend, friends. Be sure to tune back in Saturday for a fun new Emergency Dance Party mix I collaborated on with Emma. It's gonna be great! If you'd like to follow Emma on her art shenanigans check out the links below.