April 17, 2009
By Moustapha Camara
I interview t-shirt designer Alex Solis about his work as an illustrator and graphic designer.
MC: How long have you been creating t-shirt designs?
AS: T-shirt designs, I would say, seriously, mid last year, but I’ve been drawing all my life and doing graphic design for a few years, now as my career. I tried a few t-shirt designs and posters all the time since high school but not as serious and committed as I do now.
MC: Have you done any work for “big name” clients?
AS: Haven’t done any artwork for big name clients, yet even though I have done some graphic designs for big name artists, some of them are in the samples work of my website, like Jeff Cirillo, Gettin’ Grown Movie, Questlove of The Roots, Biz Markie, etc. I’m hoping as my name grows in the t-shirt business, in the future, I’ll be able to work on some illustration work for bigger name clients, and hopefully even one day branch out on my won and do my own thing.
MC: Great website design. As an artist, did you design your own site, or did you get another graphic designer to design the site for you?
AS: Yeah I designed the website; I do a lot of web development, graphic design aside from my illustrations, so everything on the website is me :) I try to learn and do as much as I can, from Action script Coding – to Oil painting.
MC: Out of all the tees you designed, which two are your favorite-favorite?
AS: (The following t-shirt designs)
MC: Which artists have served as the greatest inspiration to you?
AS: The Lowbrow artists and movement really inspires and motivates me, there are too many artists to name. There is always new designers that inspire me and motivate me, especially in the t-shirt business.
MC: Describe your artistic style in three words.
AS: DETAILED, SURREAL, IMAGINATIVE
MC: That song on your site sounds cool. Why did you decide to put music on your site?
AS: My friend, Bubbashebesta, creates all the music I put on my site. He’s awesome and I wanted to feature his work on my site, I thought it fit perfect and also fun to listen too while you navigate the site and look at the work.
MC: Do you see yourself creating art for a living for the rest of your life, or is this something that you’ll keep as a hobby, while you pursue another career?
AS: I really do, I love art and illustration, right now is mostly a hobby, but I do a lot of freelance on the side. I work as a Graphic Designer/Online Editor for Time Warner Cable at the present moment, but hopefully in the future I can start my own business and focus more time on my art.