Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Price.
Taylor, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up in Vancouver, Canada. From the very start, I had two loves – nature and drawing. Every day after school I would spend hours in the woods in my backyard building homes for snails and putting frogs in my pocket, and wherever I went, a stack of copy paper and a box of crayons came with me. All of my drawings revolved around plants, animals, and landscapes.
As I grew a little older and continued to draw constantly, I realized that I wanted to try to turn my love of drawing into a career. I applied and got accepted to CalArts for Character Animation, and made the move from Canada to southern California to attend. It gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of people with similar interests and the change of environment gave me plenty of new inspiration to draw from.
We’d love to hear more about your art.
I’ve been working in animation since graduating from CalArts. Right out of school I started as an intern at a studio called JibJab Bros Studios. I ended up staying there as a full-time illustrator, where I spent most of my time working on their Netflix series “Ask the Storybots”. I got to dip my hands into a wide variety of fun projects on that show, including painting backgrounds, designing characters, fabricating props for stop motion sets, and art directing several episodes in the third season. After five years at JibJab, I’ve recently moved on to a new job – background painting at Disney TVA. I’m having a great time focusing on paint and color!
While I love being a part of a team working towards telling a story, I also feel the need to continue making my own personal paintings and illustrations on the side. In that sense, not a lot has changed since I was a kid. I still love making work that focuses on flora and fauna. I try to incorporate traditional media whenever I can since I have to be digital at work, and I love to explore using bright colors and patterns.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
My advice for other artists would be to trust your gut. Something that took me a long time to accept is that art is always subjective – you will never make something that appeals to everyone, and you shouldn’t try to. Lean into your own interests and tastes and you’ll be happier with your end product. There will always be an audience for whatever it is you want to make and being creatively fulfilled with your work is an important thing to strive for.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I post my work on my various social media pages (Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr) as well as my personal website. Occasionally I’ve participated in group shows at galleries around LA, such as Gallery Nucleus. I also sell prints on my Society6 account (https://society6.com/taylornprice).
- Website: https://www.taylornprice.com/
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/taylornprice/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/taylornprice