by Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Saturday 3 January 2009

We checked in with Portland illustrator S Britt and asked him what part of the creative process he enjoys the most: ‘I enjoy seeing the final piece and comparing it to the original idea or sketch. It’s oftentimes surprising and yes, sometimes disheartening to see how the numerous changes throughout the process affected the finished illustration. Personally, I love simplistic, somewhat imperfect art, so I tend to prefer my illustrations that are more facile and spontaneous (think: defective and dim-bulbed). The more labored over projects tend to feel a bit wooden and lifeless to me at times’.

‘Later I can look back on them and truly appreciate all the sleepless nights and canceled play dates, but I usually have to distance myself from such projects for a few whiskey-soaked weeks. Still, it’s nice when complete strangers come up to me on the street and ask, “Say, aren’t you that guy who did that one thing?” It’s always nice to be recognized for your achievements, don’t you think?’

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