Nothing but greatness can be said about Jay Roeder's work. His choice of subjects and wordplay illustration is one of a kind. It is full of unique colors,creativity and inspirations. I have been an instant fan ever since i laid eyes on his work and was excited when he agreed to do an interview. We had a fun interview and talked about his work,music,creativity and more. With no further ado here is what we talked about. Enjoy!
Can you tell readers a bit about yourself?
My name is Jay Roeder, and I have an unhealthy obsession with drawing and lettering. I was born in Minnesota, and moved to Connecticut in 2002, which is where I have lived ever since. I do daily drawings on my website every Monday – Friday. Doing a drawing 5 days a week has been a challenge at times, but also extremely personally rewarding at the same time.
When did your interest in design and illustration start?
I have always had an interest in illustration in design, a personal motto of mine has always been “inspired since 84” when I was born. At a young age I was deemed an “art kid” and I’d always be found with a pencil or pen in hand, drawing ninjas turtles and race cars. The best part, is that I still find inspiration from a lot of the same things I did when I was younger – video games, cartoons, tech, music, and anything retro – not much has changed!
You have a lot of music inspired artwork. When you listen to a song,how do you incorporate music into arts with the fusion of illustration and words.
Most of the time my drawings are pretty simple, so I typically break off a lyric from a song and focus on that. I try to keep everything very fluid without too much planning – just draw and see where it takes me.
Reading your bio, you taught design classes at Sacred Heart University. How was that experience like?
The teaching that I have done has been an awesome experience! I still find it funny that I have taught classes... As I am still learning so much about art and design myself. At some point in my life, I’d love to teach design/illustration class at a college.
What do you think is an important factor in graphic design and illustration.
Having spent 6 years in the agency world, I think it’s extremely important that people find a way to make sure they are still having fun. It’s so easy to get burnt out with the hours you are putting in. In the end, we all got into design and illustration because it was fun and it’s important to never lose that.
Artistically how have you grown,how different is it compared to when you first started.
One thing that I admire about children's art is how organic and unplanned it is, and as much as we don’t want to admit it, as we grow as designers we lose a bit of this.
I appreciate that mentality and always try to consider it.
Besides arts and music what else are you passionate about.
I just thought about this question for about 15 minutes, haha – what am I passionate about besides art and music, hmmm. I have always loved sports and unfortunately I am a huge fan of all the Minnesota teams (who never win anything). I also love animals and have a little pug who gets mad when I work too much and often makes sure I see the light of day.
What is your perfect working mode like.
Music must be turned up loud, as in, if you were outside of my door you would think it was a night club, haha. To work without music is sacrilegious in my eyes. I like to wake up early and create a hitlist of things I’d like to get done throughout my work day, crossing off to-do lists is a passion of mine and sometimes I write something down that’s already done, just so I can cross it off (who am I?).
What do you think is the power of "words" besides being creative with it.
Wow, I wish I had a few days to write an essay on this question. To keep it short and sweet, the power of words is seems pretty infinite to me – they can make or break a person.
Three words that best describe your work.
Last great song stuck in your head.
I am currently on a classic hip hop kick, so I’d have to go with: “Electric Relaxation” by A Tribe Called Quest
What does creativity mean to you
I think people display creativity in so many different ways. To me creativity is the ability to react to an inspiration in a way that is unexpected.
What do you like most about what you do.
I am so grateful and blessed to wake up every day and make a living doing what I am most passionate about. Every day brings a challenge that is completely new, and this keeps me fresh!
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