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Meet Zach Meyer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zach Meyer.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, moved to New York in 2010 to study illustration at Pratt Institute, and got my M.F.A from The School of Visual Arts in 2017. After building enough connections in New York, I decided to move my studio to the west coast. I have been drawing my whole life but my passion really took off when I began combining conceptual thinking with drawing

Please tell us about your art.
I got into art originally as a kid as a form of escape, a way to channel a negative emotion into something productive. Weather I’m working on a piece for a magazine, movie, or gallery show the objective is always the same to communicate an idea and tell a story. When working in editorial I am often making a political commentary on a current event. The world is going through a very difficult time and I think it’s important for artists to convey a message and have something to say. My work is done traditionally using charcoal, pencil and ink. I try and keep the principle of art making off the screen and on the desk as much as possible. I do all my linework and tone layers by hand, using ink and charcoal. From there, I am dropping in color and texture layers in Photoshop like you would arrange a silkscreen print. Working traditionally with brush and ink on paper allows for happy accidents that the computer can’t create.

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 think it is a very exciting time be an artist, the internet has given artists the ability reach a larger audience. Barriers of who you can contact are now broken down because of that accessibility. However making it as an artist is not just about talent but about hard work and persistence. Those who push past the hardships of getting there work out into the world are the ones who make it. If you truly believe in what you are doing eventually someone else will to.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I post updates and progress on my work through my Instagram zachmeyerillustration. People can always purchase my work through my online shop.

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Image Credit:
Photo by Marc Nicer

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