Full to the brim with sunshine, bright colours and the visual equivalent of joy in every shape, curve and line, Elyn Kazarian’s design and illustration work screams of being created on in some warm, joyful place. Probably because she lives in sunny L.A.. Art director of a music venue, she works primarily designing posters and album artwork, with a few personal projects and freelance gigs thrown in for good measure. We caught up with her to find out how her typical day sounds.
Where do you work?
I usually working at home, in whichever room I feel comfortable in at that moment, although I can often by found at a venue called Los Globos in Los Angeles, when I am the art director. As long as I have my laptop I’m set to start working on a project, whether personal or for a client.
How does your working day start?
I’m an early riser, so I’ll go for an early morning walk, come back, shower, eat, read a little from whatever book I’m reading at that moment, and then I’m off to Los Globos. My full time working day starts at 10, when I arrive at the club, and that’s when I start working on whatever project is going on there. I don’t really like to call my days working days because my profession is what I love to do, so it doesn’t really feel like work.
How do you work and how has that changed?
My normal working method is to just start. I can never sit and draw out preliminary sketches for something I want to work on. No matter if i’m making something digitally or hand made, I just start, and with starting comes magic.
I’m a firm believer in play within the creative process, because that’s really all it is. I’m like a kid playing with lego; constantly building and destroying until I arrive at what I feel is a finished piece. That process hasn’t changed.
Where would we find you when you’re not at work?
If I’m not at Los Globos, I’m either at home, possibly working on some freelance gigs, or I’m out somewhere, maybe at the movies. I love watching films. It’s important for me to get away from what I’m working on for a while.
Would you intern for yourself?
Well prior to being hired at Los Globos I was working for myself! So yeah! Haha.
- “It's not overly-shiny ‘render porn’ — it's got soul”: Margot Bowman on her new film for River Island
- Vogue interior photographer François Halard’s personal polaroids
- Nora Sturges’ clean and simple paintings using the unusual medium of eggs
- “A small Japanese photographer is on the same page of great photographers!”: Piczo joins WeFolk
- Illustrator Rob Flowers shares his treasure trove of books
- My First: Colophon and Sophie Mayanne talk about the themes of their book, Twenty-Two
- Photographer Trent Davis Bailey documents rural American community The North Fork
- Mr Bingo’s Valentine’s cards for single people
- Leipzig-based graphic designer Anja Kaiser takes us through her portfolio
- Why creative education for advertising is stuck in the dark ages
- Japanese graphic designer Ryu Mieno creates type-heavy works fizzing with energy
- Graphic artist Patrick Thomas’ found poster collages