We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsay Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsay, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I became a freelance illustrator and graphic designer after moving to Carbondale, CO, where I had limited options of working within a design firm creating the work that I wanted to create. I studied fine art in school, but was never participated in a design program so I ended up teaching myself all of the programs and skills that I needed to be a successful designer. With a bit of motivation I was able to educate myself on skills that expanded on my fine art background which has allowed me to be a surface pattern designer, an illustrator, a graphic designer, as well as an animator.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think my art is somewhat diverse. Part of that is because I studied fine art in school, but afterwards taught myself to be a graphic designer, illustrator, and animator, none of which I learned in school. My fine art is pretty hands-on. I draw things by hand, I create strange little sculptures out of found materials, and I collage things together. I haven’t seen anyone whose work looks like mine. My design/illustration work (the more commercial stuff) on the other hand is often digital, or hand-drawn mixed with digital. I really love the change of pace when I switch from my freelance work (where I’m often working with an art director), to my fine art work (where I get to call all the shots), and vice versa. They both really inspire and influence one another in ways that I cannot predict, which helps keep things fresh.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, I live on the western slope, and most of my experiences on the front range have been through cyclocross racing on the weekends. I’ve also really loved visiting friends/family who live in Washington Park. The homes are just beautiful in that area so I enjoy just walking around the neighborhoods….that, and paddle boarding or doing other touristy things in the park.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family and friends have always been very supportive of me, and encouraging of my art. I’m lucky to have family members who share my work with others, as well as local design friends here in Carbondale that have served as mentors.
Chris Brandt, Lindsay Jones, Draper White