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Nate is an illustrator with a love for hand lettering. He thinks the keys to creativity are curiosity, inspiration, play and discovery. Nate has worked with the charity organization Art With Heart which unites volunteers from the arts to serve children in crisis by empowering them through self-expression and creativity. He has also contributed work to The Truth Anti-Tobacco campaign which works to discourage kids from smoking. His clients have included Coca Cola, Urban Outfitters, Converse Shoes, Cartoon Network to mention a few. He has also collected numerous honors from The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration and the Type Directors Club.
How do you stay inspired?
It's pretty easy .. I am a pretty curious person so I love information in general, love to hear stories, learning how things work, biographies, technology, nature, etc so I just follow my curiosity and it always leads me to something inspiring
Typical work day?
Wake up get the kids ready for school .. then share a coffee with my wife at a local cafe ... I usually like to do all my brainstorming in the morning so if I need to think of ideas for a project .. it's usually in the morning. I like to exercise in the middle of the day and then I eat with my wife and finish up some work ... go pick my son Milo from work and then hang out with the kids for awhile ... go to the park, skateboard, go on a bike ride, etc .. at night time I usually send some emails and then hang out with the family, watch a movie, create a project, etc
What are you currently working on now?
I have been working on my own kids book and creating more naive-ish work (http://www.n8w.com/newweb/favorites.php?c=naive) .. as far as paying jobs .. lots of hand lettering, editorial, and a little bit of advertising work
Favorite place you ever traveled to ?
probably Argentina and Costa Rica .. but I love being in new environments .. even if its just a new restaurant or neighborhood
Where would you like to visit that you haven’t yet?
Northern Brasil, Turkey, Islands in the Caribbean
Top 3 Favorite website + blog/s
FAVORITE movie of all time ?
The Usual Suspects
SOME FAVORITE ARTISTS PAST+PRESENT ?
way too many to list .. but see http://www.illustrationmundo.com/illustrators.php?str_date=mf&favorites=1699 to see a few hundred I like
Favorite project you ever did?
I think just doing personal work http://www.n8w.com/wp/6578
Dream assignment + project for the future?
I would like to invent things ... products, simple solutions to common day problems, web tools, community programs where kids could nurture their creativity and artistic skills
If you weren’t an artist, what would you like to be?
NAME SOMETHING YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME.
invent things, learn about things, walk around the city and listen to podcasts, watch crime shows, eat lots of sushi, play with my dogs and kids, give lots of love to my wife
WHAT DO YOU LISTEN TO WHILE YOU WORK?
lots of jazz, chet baker lately
Best advice to an artist either still in school or just out, looking to get started?
Focus on stuff you like to do and one day someone will pay you to do it
a N8W print @ Urban Outfitters
Nate, thanks for all the inspiration and amazing insight.
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