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 Peter McNierney, a fashion design artist.
We are excited to showcase a very talented artist and graphic designer from The Big Apple by the name of Peter McNierney. He currently attends FIT majoring in Communications Design – he formerly majored in Fashion Illustration, which comes through in a few of his pieces.
Question: How did you get into design?
Peter’s Answer: I’ve been drawing since I can remember, so I’ve always known that I wanted to art, in some way, with whatever career path I chose. There’s never been any doubt.
Question: Where are you from, where did you go to school?
Peter’s Answer: I live in New York City and I currently go to FIT for Communications Design though I formerly majored in Fashion Illustration.
Question: What are your tools of the trade?
Peter’s Answer: For the past few months I’ve been working almost entirely digitally which is very new for me. Though sometimes I’ll sketch out an idea to recreate in Illustrator and then later embellish in Photoshop most of the work is done in those two programs. I am trying to get back into traditional work though, for some reason it’s very difficult to go back and forth between the two, I guess because both require a certain mindset.
Question: What websites do you go to for design inspiration?
Peter’s Answer: I try to keep design inspiration on the peripheral mainly because it’s so easy to subconsciously copy someone if you load your mind with other people’s work, and no one wants that mortification. That’s why I try to keep inspiration in the realm of subject rather than execution. However, Tumblr, is a great resource for ideas, and I also like to see what people are posting on Behance.
Question: What is your favorite movie, band, and artist?
Peter’s Answer: Picking a favorite film is difficult because my taste is pretty eclectic. To narrow it down, the most recent movie I’ve seen that really had an effect on me was Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina, which I feel was incredibly underrated. Although my taste in music is as equally eclectic, I have no problem pinpointing my favorite band, Siouxsie and the Banshees, who have held the top spot since I first heard Hong Kong Garden years ago. My favorite artists would have to be Patrick Nagel and René Gruau.
Question: What advice would you give to someone just starting out in design?
Peter’s Answer: I think the most important thing you can do is just keep going, no matter how discouraged you may feel. As soon as I started college I felt that I never would be good enough to make anything of worth, which was quite the shock coming from being “the talented one” in high school, to being the not so talented one. It was hard at the time but I’m thankful it happened, it was a reality check. And only recently have I regained that confidence that I can make something out of what I enjoy doing. It’s a competitive industry, but what isn’t. The less you worry about others and the more you worry about yourself, the better off you’ll be. And the confidence will hit you, often when you least expect it to. Be the best for yourself, and the rest will follow.
This is one of Peter’s most talked about pieces. For the Spring/Summer 2013 Collection, Dolce & Gabbana invited Peter to dress some of the most iconic superheroes in the Spring/Summer 2013 Dolce & Gabbana collection.
Peter has made over Wolverine, Captain America, Storm and Spiderman – and the four comic book icons have never looked so good.