ARTIST OF THE WEEK – CLAY HICKSONJanuary 27, 2015
If you were to utter the name Clay Hickson in a crowd of pen wizards (aka. illustrators) it’s highly likely your words will be met with smiles and nods of appreciation. The Chicago illustrator has long been a respected name in the drawing game, known both for his unique style and his art book-publishing platform Tan and Loose.
With the ability to showcases his talent across both traditional and digital illustration, Hickson’s work is versatile, yet remains true to his surreal pop art inspired signature – the result is a large portfolio of images that are crafted in the most weird and wonderful ways.
“My dad was probably the main reason I wanted to pursue illustration. He was an airbrush illustrator in the 70′s and 80′s and his work is insane. He did a bunch of movie posters and record covers and it always seemed like a strangely glamorous lifestyle. I didn’t actually start drawing until High School when my older brother introduced me to graffiti. I went by the name Hi-Hat but I was always too nervous go out and paint on walls.
I think its super important to try different mediums. You just never know what process is gonna speak to you. That’s something I learned from the Push Pin Studio guys. They were all over the map with their work. One job would be a coloured pencil drawing and the next would be a wood cut print or photo collage. I avoided using computers for a long time and I think my work suffered because of it. Photoshop really opened up a lot of doors for me.” – Clay Hickson