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Meet Hollywood Illustrator and Motion Graphic Artist: Nic Buron

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nic Buron.

Nic, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Six years ago I was working as an unpaid intern at San Francisco Magazine. I was fresh out of grad school and the job market was in a full-on downward spiral. I was surviving on nuts (literally, mixed nuts).

As part of the internship I was mostly fact-checking articles, but as a bonus, I could pitch stories to the editors. I was thrilled to have a story placed for the upcoming issue, but we couldn’t track down a photo to go along with it. In the few months, I was there I fell deeply in love with editorial illustrations. We were out of options so I asked the art department if I could do my own. At this point, I’ve never illustrated anything in my life (which I told them). To their credit, they said if it was good enough they’d use it.

I spent a week mainlining online tutorials and trying desperately to created something worthy of the magazine’s very high standards. Finally, my time was up and I was actually really pleased with my illustration. I showed it to the art department, and they said that they thought I was joking about the whole thing. But, they dug it!

I got my first ever illustration published that month, and I was hooked. I have been freelancing full-time for over six years now. I’ve expanded far beyond illustration, but to this day I’ve kept that illustration on my website as a reminder of what I can do when I’m not scared to throw myself into the deep end of the pool.

Has it been a smooth road?
There have been a few bumps in the road. But, I’d say that’s by design. I’m always trying to push beyond my own boundaries. I’ve never stopped challenging myself, and I never will.

This has made for an exciting ride, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Is there some part of you work that is particularly difficult?
Picking and choosing which projects and clients I want to work with. There just isn’t enough time to take every opportunity that comes my way.

How do you define success?
I define success by how I feel about the work that I create. I can feel in my gut when something is working or not. I’m a lot harder on myself than any client I’ve ever had. Since I personally set my bar very high, it feels really good when the project finally meets my marker for success.

What are your plans for the future?
I recently took some time off of client projects to focus on some skill building. During that time I started dabbling with 3D rendering software. I’m excited to do some work in that space (I have some ideas up my sleeve).

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