Today we’d like to introduce you to Charlie Kendall.
Charlie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Originally from Maryland, I moved to Los Angeles in 2014 to study at Otis College of Art and Design. My original plan was to study product design but ultimately chose Illustration as my major. There were many reasons, but it felt the most open. I graduated in 2018 with a BFA in illustration and started freelancing directly after. I started as a graphic designer creating key art for television, movies, and live event campaigns. Slowly I started gaining more speed with illustration commissions, like murals, packaging, animation, and a handful of other jobs.
Has it been a smooth road?
I feel very fortunate and privileged to have had it go as smoothly as it has. Of course, there have been many hiccups, all of which seem funny in retrospect, but hectic in the moment of course. The biggest one has been managing all of the aspects of a freelance business. Taxes, client relations, the work, and getting new work. I’m finding that it is mostly business and a smaller percentage actually making work. I’m still in the infancy of my career as an illustrator, so undoubtedly there will be more to come. I’ve been just taking them as they come in.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Charlie Kendall Studio – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
It’s been awesome that I have been able to work in many industries and on a variety of projects. Murals, packaging, Illustration for apps, t-shirts, and exhibitions. I think that I am still creating what I am known for. I was given an opportunity on a mural last year and kept getting asked to make them, so I take that as a good sign. I didn’t think I would go this route, but that’s the beauty of it. As long as the project is interesting and challenging, I am open to work on it, and I think that is what has enabled me to work in these different spaces.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the sheer size of LA and variety in terrain that is so unique to this city. from beach, to city, to mountains The other side of that coin is that it is so large and not very transportation friendly. It is definitely a car city but has so much potential for public transportation.
- Website: charliekendall.net
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charliekendall.studio/?hl=en
For the personal image of myself. Taken by Eunice Sun