This year I’ve decided to celebrate art. To celebrate those I admire and who’s work I truly appreciate. This is the first of the series and I’m kicking it off with an interview of one of my past students. Megan Dignan is a truly awesome artist, designer and illustrator (triple threat!) and it’s been such a delight to watch her work evolve over the past 3 years.
Now, on to the interview!
C: What is your main focus? (art/design/illustration/other or ye olde combo platter?)
M: Graphic Design and Illustration
C: Have you always been interested in art/design/illustration? If so, why? If not, what were you interested in?
M: I’ve loved creating and admiring art since I was young. I didn’t get into graphic design until high school, but design has always been the one thing I could work on for hours and it felt like no time had passed.
C: How did you get into art? What was your spark?
M: Having social anxiety has made it difficult to express myself through words, but art has always been my outlet. Art is my way of expressing myself and putting my ideas out there.
C: Goals you’d like to achieve in 1 year? 5 years? A lifetime? (a biggie, I know!)
M: In 1 year I hope to open an Etsy store and set up at several local art fairs to continue increasing my customer base. In 5 years I hope to be a freelance designer and still growing a following for my online stores. My goal for my lifetime is to continue designing and make a steady side income doing what I love that allows me to travel and continue to find new inspirations.
C: Favorite creative and why? (past or present, either’s fine!)
M: Cat Coquillette is my favorite designer. Her work is imaginative, bright, and unique. She is a very talented designer and has turned her passion into a career. She started out selling her designs on Society6 and has grown her brand quickly in just a few short years. She has inspired me to seriously pursue graphic design.
C: Why do you create?
M: I create because I love it. I enjoy the challenge and inspiration that creating brings to my life. I create art for myself that I hope others will love as well and I enjoy connecting with people through my work.
C: What (or whom) is your inspiration? Why?
M: I am inspired by the world around me. I am constantly taking pictures of patterns, nature, and designs that inspire me. I love geometric designs, quotes, and watercolors. The problem solving aspect of design also inspires me to work harder and be more innovative.
C: Where do you see yourself going on your career path? What are your hopes/dreams/aspirations?
M: I am still figuring out if I want to make graphic design my main job or a side stream of revenue. Regardless, I intend to continue building my online stores, setting up at art fairs, and pursuing freelance opportunities. No matter what career I pursue, I know design will still be a big part of my life.
C: Best advice you’ve ever received?
M: Don’t stop brainstorming after your first idea and know when to walk away from a design for a bit. These pieces of advice have greatly helped me when I feel like I’ve hit a wall in the design process.
C: Gimme the deets! What’s your instagrame/twitter/snap/society6/redbubble/etc and website info? List it allllll (that you use for your work) 🙂
M: Here they are: