Ep.128: Be a student of life with Brian Ajhar

Hey, guys! In this episode, I am chatting with Brian Ajhar, a character designer, illustrator, and storyteller. His art career has spanned 3 decades and his clients include magazines, newspapers, advertising agencies, corporations, and book publishers.

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Knowing how to use Color and Light in your artworks is one of the best skills to learn as an artist because it will help you take your artworks from good to great.

Key Takeaways

“Be a student of life, experience and observe. There is always a story!”

“It’s not about what the character looks like, but what emotion you get from what the character is doing”

  • Brian started to take art seriously when he saw the old Disney programs where they would show behind the scenes. He was just fascinated by all the animators and their process.
  • To get first jobs, Brian would ‘cold call’ the art directors in newspapers, magazines, studios. While at Parsons School of Design, during the summer break, he would take his portfolio around to get feedback and grow his network.
  • Brian is usually doing portfolio reviews at CTN Expo in Burbank and what he noticed is that the young artists are not being as unique as they could be, they tend to be generic and there is no point of view. You should have your own vision and point of view to tell a story

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Special thanks to Brian for joining me today. See you next time!

All artworks by Brian Ajhar, used with permission

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