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On Art, Audience, and Activism: Brian Rea, Catapult Artist for October 2018
“If I see the sun come up once in a while, it makes me feel good, like I accomplished something no one else did.”
As part of our Catapult Artist program, Nicole Caputo, Catapult’s art director, sits with October’s #CatapultArtist for a conversation on art, creativity, and the artist’s life.
Election Anxiety.f I can touch people emotionally, sometimes that can “burn” more, and maybe that affects some change in a viewer’s behavior or thinking.
’s on the schedule. Sometimes illustration and animation, sometimes painting. Other days, I do invoicing and estimates. I stay busy and mix it up to keep things fresh. I’m usually home by dinner, then I do more work once the lil’ guy goes down for the night. I love working late, when I can. If I see the sun come up once in a while, it makes me feel good, like I accomplished something no one else did. •
This interview has been edited for clarity.
Nicole is the Creative Director of Catapult, Counterpoint Press and Soft Skull Press. She is also the co-founder of She Designs Books, an organization that celebrates women in book design. She was formerly VP, Creative Director at Hachette Book Group.
Awards include a Silver Cube from the Art Director's Club/The One Show for Creativity, Communication Arts, Type Director's Club, AIGA/NY, HOW International Design, PRINT Regional Design, the New York Book Show, the National Gold Ink Awards, London International Creative Competition, STEP Design Magazine, and the Publishing Professionals Network.
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“How am I telling the story, and how am I representing the people in that story?”: Sara Wong, Catapult Artist for December 2019
“It’s not enough to consider the content—how am I presenting the content?”
“Always meet your deadlines, do good work, and be easy to get along with.”
“Refrain yourself from throwing things away. Even if you think you’re going nowhere with what you’re creating.”
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“It’s important to make time for friends and sunshine.”: Meryl Rowin, Catapult Artist for April 2019
“In college, I think there was this idea floating around that a real illustrator worked all night—and if they weren’t, they were half ass-ing it. [Now,] I like to give my brain some time to absorb and to rest in equal measure.”
“Working for myself is all about balance. Although illustration is my career and passion, I still need to have a life outside of art-making.”
I feel like it has made the illustrators' community more connected than I realized before.