Today we’d like to introduce you to Eva Hill.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born on a cold, snowy morning in North Carolina… just kidding. I’ll start a little later on. I was never one of those kids who drew when I was growing up. I didn’t have a sketchbook until I was in my 20s — I just never had an interest in drawing. After graduating from journalism school, I got a job at The Huffington Post as a video editor. I started dabbling in animation (totally just winging it and teaching myself) and the videos I made were pretty successful. I loved creating characters and using humor to tell stories, and I continued to do that in my next jobs at Time Inc. and New York Magazine. I kept making digital art and animations, but I felt really limited when it came to some of the technical aspects of animation. So I left New York City and headed out West to get my MFA in animation at USC, where I’m currently studying.
Please tell us about your art.
I just love to make people laugh. It makes me feel so fulfilled when I can brighten someone’s day with one of my bizarre creations. I have a backlog of fun illustration ideas stored in my phone, but while I’m in school I’m working primarily with clients. I currently illustrate a weekly column for InStyle Magazine about sex and relationships, and I’m working on my second illustrated book for HarperCollins. When it comes to animation, I love working on both narrative stories and documentaries, but it’s also thrilling to come up with wacky animation ideas and be able to execute them. For example, last semester I wrote/animated a short film called “Bock to the Future.” It’s about a chicken who travels through time and inadvertently alters the course of history — it’s a hoot (bird pun intended).
What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I personally haven’t encountered too many obstacles when it comes to producing art.
Part of that is I’m a very persistent networker and try to take advantage of any and all opportunities I come across. That’s my advice to other artists. My goal is just to be constantly creating, constantly improving and becoming more knowledgeable of software and techniques. I’m looking forward to my art show because I’m curious how financially successful I’ll be selling prints. Since I’m primarily a digital artist, I’m excited for the opportunity to display and (hopefully) sell some of my pieces in a physical space. Los Angeles is a great city for artists because there are so many places for them to showcase their work.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I actually have an art show coming up July-August at LA County Store in Silver Lake. The opening party is July 14 from 6-8 p.m., and the artwork will be on display until August 12 (or until it’s sold). Come by and check it out.
You can also check out my illustrations in the book called “A Girl’s Guide to Joining the Resistance,” written by the wonderful Emma Gray and published by HarperCollins
- Website: evahill.net
- Phone: 3362872598
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: evahillarious