8 Questions to Illustrator Dave Perillo
8 Questions is our feature where we ask designers, artists and illustrators the same 8 getting-to-know-you questions (sort of like the web series 7 Minutes In Heaven but without the closet and awkward kissing). We’ve chosen questions we think will elicit informative, character revealing and insightful answers, allowing readers to learn from and get to know these lovely people a little better.
I first saw Dave’s work at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles a while back an immediately fell in love with his upbeat and smile-inducing style. His prints are just so much fun – even when the depict not so happy subjects (The Shining and Breaking Bad for example). He’s become a staple of the Gallery 1988 scene, but didn’t stop there. Not by a long shot. He’s recently worked with Mondo and Target (yeah, that store you go to buy a couple things and end up spending several hundred bucks almost every time) and has continued to sell out prints like hot cakes. He even has several prints available for you Comic-Con(ers).
Follow Dave on Twitter @montygog, his blog, Deviant Art page and/or wander around ‘burbs of Philly and keep a keen eye out for an extremely talented artist.
1. Describe yourself in 5 words or less.
Never mistaken for Brad Pitt.
2. How long have you been a designer / illustrator and what made you want to be one?
As long as I can remember I’ve drawn and loved it, but I didn’t start getting paid for it til after college. I guess I wanted to be an illustrator cause I loved doing it and it’s important to do what you love.
3. What would you say are your biggest influences ?
TV, movies, breakfast cereal mascots, Alfred Hitchcock, Jim Henson, Hanna Barbera and anything vintage from the 1940′s, 50′s and 60′s.
4. What is your favorite thing about being a designer?
Not having to wear pants while you work.
5. What’s the worst (non-design related) job you’ve ever had?
I worked as a movie theater usher in high school. The job wasn’t too bad and I got to see free movies but the uniform sucked. Had to wear polyester tuxedo pants and clip-on bowtie.
6. Who are some of your favorite designers and why?
I really dig Jim Flora, Mary Blair and Saul Bass. I love how these guys/gal would create simple well thought out designs with amazing color combinations.
7. What are some of your favorite movie posters of all time?
I gotta go with Saul Bass’ Vertigo poster, just a classic image. Also a big fan of the Forbidden Planet poster, anything with a robot carrying a scantily clad woman is A-OK in my book.
8. Any advice for designers out there?
If you’re gonna leave the house, put on some pants first.