Posted by admin on March 25th, 2013
Hello!! I’m thrilled to have Michelle from Creature Type on the blog today. I came across her blog one day while looking through Pintrest and I was hooked every since. I love illustrators, I think they are my favorite type of designers! Enjoy!
Name: Michelle Volansky
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Turn Ons: passion, obsession, feminism, indulgence, silliness,
subversive cuteness, pop music
Turns Offs: pretension, agressive masculinity, disinterest
Favorite Color: This changes too much! Currently I’m drawn to grays
and all the trendy pastel colors!
Favorite place you have traveled to: Japan. Part of my heart will
always be left in Japan.
Favorite Albums: “If It Was You” by Tegan and Sara, “More Adventurous”
by Rilo Kiley, “Feed The Animals” by Girl Talk, “Ta-Da” by Scissor
What Inspires You: women, fashion, consumption, pop culture
How did you get your start as an illustrator: I’ve been drawing and
identifying myself as an artist for as long as I can remember. At
first I wanted to be an animator, then an art teacher, then an
animator again, then a graphic designer, and then I realized that
illustration combines all those strengths!
What is your favorite design you had created? Oh jeez, what a
nerve-wracking thing to think about. The next one! Shouldn’t that
always be the answer? For now, I’ll say I’m really proud of the Big
Book of Cats project that I’m currently working on. I’m redrawing some
illustrations from my youth and I’m having a blast. It’s really
helping me to keep drawing everyday.
Who do you want to work with: I feel like saying them publicly jinxes
me! Haha, I will say that I dream of one day collaborating with some
clothing companies I especially love on a pattern or textile design or
What part of your job do you find most challenging? Just sitting down
and doing the creative work! I sometimes struggle to move beyond the
sketching phase and complete things.
Do you have a Full Time Job: Yes, my day job is working as a
production designer at a local culinary magazine. I manage and design
ads for the magazine and handle a lot of web art, promotional
materials, etc. I love the energy of working at a magazine and always
having something new and fun to do and learn. It’s really motivating
to always have that monthly deadline and physical reward for our
efforts in the form of a gorgeous, interesting printed piece! I love
the security of having a day job that I don’t hate. It makes my life
more interesting, plus I love love food.
Any Advice for anyone who is just starting out in a career path
similar to yours? Work hard and never give up! It’s so easy for
artists to just stop after school when time and money get tight. Find
some motivating project or club or blog–whatever you need to do to
keep yourself creatively active. Also, always be nice, open, and
generous with others. It goes so far.
Thank you so much Michelle for participating! If you have time head on over to Michell’s website and check out more of her amazing illustrations! I hope everyone has a great Monday!!