Meet Hudson Phillips (@hudsonphillips): Designer With A Passion for Storytelling

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 Hudson Phillips a designer with a passion for storytelling.

Hudson Phillips is a graphic designer and writer with a passion for storytelling, film, comics, and books. He currently lives with his 10-year-old son in Roswell, GA.

Nightmare Before Christmas Poster

Nightmare Before Christmas Poster

Question: How did you get into design?
Hudson’s Answer: I started out interning at a church when I was a kid and the pastor there had Quark and Photoshop and I started screwing around with them in my spare time. When it came time to pick a career, I started working my way up at print shops, corporate design, and finally full-time freelance work.

Question: Where are you from, where did you go to school?
Hudson’s Answer: I’m from Atlanta, GA, never graduated college, and never received any formal design training.

Question: What are your tools of the trade?
Hudson’s Answer: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, crappy computer. I make do with what I have.

Question: What websites do you go to for design inspiration?
Hudson’s Answer: Pinterest. Other than that, I’m often inspired by book covers, movie posters, and comic book art.

Question: What is your favorite movie, band, and artist?
Hudson’s Answer: Movie: Jerry Maguire, Band: the Strokes, Artist: (at the moment) Phil Noto

Edward Scissorhands Poster

Edward Scissorhands Poster

Question: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Hudson’s Answer: Some private island where I could ride a bike everywhere and lay around on a beach and take it easy. I’ve heard good things about Rarotonga.

Question: When you’re not designing, what do you like to do?
Hudson’s Answer: I write movies and spend time with my son and girlfriend. And goof around on the internet.

Question: If you could meet anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
Hudson’s Answer: I was big into C. S. Lewis as a kid and I feel like he’s got an interesting perspective on life. I’d like to chat with him about storytelling, imagination, spirituality, pain, suffering. Maybe bring along Anthony Hopkins as well since he played him on film. That’d make for a fun dinner conversation.

Question: What advice would you give to someone just starting out in design?
Hudson’s Answer: I’d recommend just getting to know the programs that are out there, backwards and forwards. No need for school. Just come up with an idea in your head and try to put it to paper. Pull inspiration from everywhere. Don’t be afraid to charge what you’re worth. Don’t be afraid to say ”no.” Be open to collaboration. Stick to what you’re good at in an area you love.

See more of Hudson’s work at his website.