Welcome to the first blog post of our new website. It takes a village to build quality work. And for 12 years , we've been collaborating with artists whose talent and point-of-view we covet. For our latest blog, we will regularly feature our talented friends and collaborators who help us deliver original work.
First up, we've been lucky to work with Rob Wilson many times. Rob is an Illustrator and Creative Director working in Dallas, TX and Brooklyn, NY. Rob creates images and designs for publications and brands across the country. And sometimes he works with us on motion projects. Rob also sells prints, stationery and other fine things he makes. You can find them in stores, galleries and online. Rob's got hustle, heart and talent. Let's hear more from Rob.
What drives your work?
I was able to draw long before I was ever able to write. From a very young age, I’ve been able to communicate and share my point of view creatively. It has been a good way to express my curiosity about the world, and to some degree, show how I make my way through it. This year, after a few hard knocks, I started a weekly illustrated journal on instagram called “Pros & Cons.” It gives me an outlet to show some of the good things—and bad—that I’ve encountered throughout the week. I don’t offer a lot of explanation with the images—they’re open for interpretation. But doing this has been a good way for me to see balance in my life and appreciate the journey, all while continuing to do so through my artwork.
You always appear to be up to something new, posting new illustrations or work most every day. What does it take to do what you do?
For me to work on creative projects it takes focus, discipline, time and lots of coffee. It also takes collaborating with smart, creative people who inspire me and offer opportunities to expand my work. I live in Dallas and spend a considerable amount of time in Brooklyn. By being both places, I am surrounded by interesting, artistic people I admire and, at times, get to work together. I’ve partnered with all kinds of people—writers, gallerists, playwrights, animators, retailers, designers, filmmakers, photographers—and it’s always great to see the work we can generate.
Some of these projects include: icons for the internationally-known podcast (and novel), "Welcome to Night Vale”; animation and illustration for the film “Dirty Weekend,” written and directed by Neil Labute, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival; animated shorts for Dell and AT&T; a greeting card collection on Postable.com; illustrations for The Wall Street Journal, Variety and other magazines; collaborations with Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas; artwork and prints at ReneeRhynerShop.com.
What we love most about Rob's work is how he distills ideas about place, emotions, or a thing into a simple idea. We're happy to call Rob a friend, and look forward to more projects together. Follow Rob's instagram for daily doodles and inspirations @robwilsonwork. Rob is repped by Renee Rhyner and Company Dallas, TX.
Have a look at this video we made with Rob for Sherry Matthews Advocacy Marketing and Cap Metro Project Connect.
Sherry Matthews Advocacy Marketing - Capitol Metro "Project Connect"