Travis Weber can’t stop, won’t stop doodling. He’s a born and bred Texan who moved to NYC just days after graduating from the University of Texas to pursue a career in design. He’s been drawing and creating ever since, making waves as an agency Art Director by day and moonlighting as an illustrator. He credits his family for his creative gifts, though Weber’s talent and style is all his own. His drawings are inspiring examples of attention to detail and dedication to craft, the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. Some of his more exhaustive illustrations can take up to 10 hours to complete—but they’re well worth the wait. We sat down with Travis to talk about art, originality and keeping it real.
“I love imperfections, I feel that’s what drives originality.”
Certain pieces I create use a dot shading method that can be rather tedious but those are the pieces I am most proud of therefore I don’t mind the time they take.
I would say the beginning of my illustration career is happening right now… so I’m sorta in the midst of it! The past few years have been more of a discovery phase—trying out new things and finding my niche as an illustrator. I’ve always loved doodling and drawing patterns but was never sure if that was the right direction I should take my illustration career until I sold my first pattern drawing about one year ago. At that moment I knew this is where I should focus my attention and have been ever since.
The people of this world motivate me. There is endless amounts of inspiration out there, you just need to keep your eyes and heart open and try to soak it all in. I would say my main areas of motivation interests are graphic designers, tattooists, adventurers and chefs.
Selling my first piece of original artwork. That moment of realization that someone wants to pay real hard cold cash for something I made.
I feel all of my artwork reveals a piece of my personality. Lots of little odd quirks and imperfections can be found amongst all my drawings that I feel represent my life day in and day out.
Only take advice when its delivered from someone you respect.
Another pickle back is always a good idea.
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