Joshua, from the Zazzle store JDavidMcKenney, talks to us about his artistic style and his time at Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out his store JDavidMcKenney!
Bio: I grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and moved to New York when I was nineteen. I was majoring in photography at Parson School of Design when I dropped out my second year to pursue a career in illustration. My first illustration jobs were doing t-shirt designs and prints with Heatherette. I have since gone on to do work with many clients including Harper Collins, Mattel, Scholastic Books, Penguin, three marketing campaigns for Mariah Carey, MAC Cosmetics, and Seventeen Magazine. I now share a workspace called Studio LoveChilde with my very good friend and collaborator Andrew Yang, where in addition to illustration I’m focusing on fine art, photography, sculpture, doll making, puppetry, rococo wigs, and oil painting.
Zazzle: When and how did you first become interested in art? How long have you been making art?
Joshua: I have been drawing since I was about two or three years old. I can’t imagine a time when I was not creating art because it’s the only way I know how to vent all the fantasies inside my head.
Zazzle: What’s your favorite medium to use?
Joshua: I usually like to work in graphite and loose inks with pens and brushes but I also use watercolors, pastels, markers, colored pencil, and I’m beginning to experiment with oil painting. I sometimes, but not always, use a good deal of Photoshop too.
Zazzle: How would you describe your style?
Joshua: Hmmm…..a freestyle version of Art Nouveau with a nod to the 70’s , 80’s, and Japanese Manga.
Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?
Joshua: That’s a hard question to answer! I usually like whatever I have created most recently; I really like my Zodiac Girl Series at the moment.
Zazzle: Any artists you look up to when it comes to designing?
Joshua: I look up to a lot of other artists. My favorite artists are Mel Odom, Ruben Toledo, Edmund Dulac, Patrick Nagel, George Petty, Pater Sato, Aubrey Beardsley, Alphonse Mucha, and Kay Nielsen.
Zazzle: What’s your favorite Zazzle product to create?
Joshua: I find designing shoes to be very satisfying because you have to look at your designs with a fresh eye in a “non-rectangular” context. I also love seeing my work on t-shirts.
Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?
Joshua: What artist wouldn’t be interested in seeing their art on stuff and creating products that can be used and worn by people all over the world? Zazzle is awesome because it gives you the opportunity to see your imagery in new and exciting ways.
Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?
Joshua: Make sure you love everything you create! Of course we all want to make money but I think it’s important to create things that you would want to have yourself.