27: George Wylesol – Do Work that Makes You Happy


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About this EpisodeGeorge Wylesol (Web; IG) is an illustrator, designer and artist working out of Baltimore. After graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art with an MFA in Illustration Practice in 2014, George assembled a portfolio filled with personal work that got him his first few editorial and commercial commissions. Since then, George has worked with publications and brands from all over the world, including the New Yorker, the New York Times, NBC, Penguin and the Guardian. George's work combines clean lines with richly textured colors to depict scenes and objects in unusual ways. George is also the author of Ghosts, Etc. a collection of short stories and Internet Crusader, a graphic novel about the internet of the late 1990s and early 2000s. George has received many awards recognizing his books and editorial work including two silver medals from the Society of Illustrators. Today, George splits his time between making personal work, taking on commissions and teaching illustration at MICA and Towson University in Baltimore.In this conversation we talk about:how George works and his secret for amazing texturesthe importance of personal projects for building your reputation and careerwhy George thinks you should do what you like first and then worry about how to frame it laterwhat advice George gives students who take his illustration classes at MICA and Towson UniversityGeorge's perspective on self-promotion and getting your name out there as a young illustratorthe origin story behind George's short story GhostsComprehensive Show Notes:Episode Show NotesSupport the ShowThank you for listening to Illustration Hour. As you might know, the show currently doesn't have any sponsors.Each episode takes a tremendous amount of time, effort and some money to produce. I do all of that work myself. So, if you want to support the show, please consider doing one (or all!) of these things:Subscribe to the show's weekly newsletter Art ClubLeave the show a review and rating on Apple PodcastsSign up for a free trial of Skillshare for 2 months of free access using this link (I earn a commission for everyone that signs up and you do not need to pay for Skillshare at the end of your trial). Skillshare is amazing and you'll be able to check out tons of great courses on illustration and design as a thank you.Share the show and the newsletter with others!Thank you for helping me continue to make the show possible.Follow the podcast:Our WebsiteTwitterInstagramNewsletter AKA Art ClubFree ResourcesFollow Julia:WebsiteInstagramBehanceSkillshare