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On Art, Audience, and Activism: Brian Rea, Catapult’s October Artist
“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 Counterpoint Press, the Art Director of Catapult, and 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 the One Show, Communication Arts, Type Director's Club, Art 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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As an artist, “it’s important to make time for friends and sunshine.”: Meryl Rowin, Catapult Artist for April
“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.”
“Don’t focus on what’s popular; focus on what’s there for you to try.”
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