In the spirit of giving back, and our desire to support local businesses and artists, we are doing an artist spotlight series. We will be showcasing a new artist each day for the next 31 days. Today’s artist is Corey Courts, a Canadian based illustrator.
Corey is a Canadian based illustrator/Designer that is inspired by all things art related and he’s somewhat known within the online art community. As an aspiring artist he looks forward to new and challenging projects to help him hone my skills in drawing, typography, painting and designing.
Question: How did you get into design?
Corey’s Answer: It’s kind of a long story, As a child I was constantly in trouble with my teachers because I spent more time doodling than paying attention in class. After Graduating high school I went into auto body in the hopes of doing custom paint jobs. After a couples of year in that industry I decided it wasn’t for me and I started applying to art schools and colleges that offered design programs. Sadly art school tuition was not something that I could afford so I chose the path of Graphic Communications.
Question: Where are you from, where did you go to school?
Corey’s Answer: I am Canadian born and raised, originally from the small Town of Slave Lake, Alberta. I really enjoyed living in that town as a child because of its close proximity to the nature. As I grew older I started to realize the I may not have a future there because there wasn’t much of an art community. I now currently reside in the capital City of Edmonton where I studied graphic design with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Question: What are your tools of the trade?
Corey’s Answer: Without a doubt my favorite tool is the mechanical pencil and my Wacom Cintiq 12X. Once I have a concept sketched to a point I feel comfortable with, I then bring it into Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop or manga studios. It usually always depends on the project and what technique I’d like to use. I love to use heavy clean inking probably because I learned to draw from drawing the characters from my favorite comic books.
Question: What websites do you go to for design inspiration?
Corey’s Answer: I have to say that a lot of my design inspiration online comes from sites like fromupnorth.com, mintees.com etc. Also I follow a lot of artists and designers on Instagram. I am amazed and humbled by the amount of talented and creative people are out there.
Question: What is your favorite movie, band, and artist?
Corey’s Answer: Hmmm can anyone actually say they have an all time favorite movie? There is so many to choose from….. I’d have to say some of favorites are the New Sherlock Holmes’ movies with Robert Downey Jr. and all the new Batman/Dark knight movies with Christian Bale.
My favorite artist of all is Erik Jones, check out his work here. I just love his technique and use of nudity, its very tasteful.
I don’t really have one specific band that I listen to, I listen to it all except county music…. which I’m sure most people find weird because I’m a small town boy but its just awful, haha.
Question: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Corey’s Answer: There are just so many places that I’d like to travel to! I would love to just tour all of Europe, I’m extremely jealous of anyone who has done that, hopefully soon I can be one of those individuals to experience that….
I’d also like to visit some more places closer to home like Los Angeles or New York.
Question: When you’re not designing, what do you like to do?
Corey’s Answer: When I’m not clued to a piece of paper or my computer I spend most of my time playing sports, walking my black lab or spending time with people who are close to me.
Question: If you could meet anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
Corey’s Answer: Some of these questions are actually a little difficult to answer mostly because I’ve never stopped to think about such things. I’d have to say either Hugh Jackman or Dwayne Johnson… these people are definitely not art or design related I’m just a big fan of these guys because of how they carry themselves and fame.
Question: What advice would you give to someone just starting out in design?
Corey’s Answer: Design can be difficult at times and you’ll get those clients that drive you crazy but it can also be so much fun and there plenty of things you can create with it. Do it for the sense of fulfillment and accomplishment you’ll get when you get that finished piece.
You can see more of Corey’s work at his Facebook Page.