December 20, 2008
We interview t-shirt designer Eric Elizondo.
TM: How long have you been designing t-shirts?
EE: I have been designing t-shirts for about a year now.
TM: Have you worked with any big name clients?
EE: To date, the biggest named client has been Little Jackie. I was not approached for work, it was based on spec work, but I was still happy that my design was approved . But most of my clients are indie clothing labels and unsigned bands.
TM: Out of all of the t-shirts you’ve designed, which one’s your favorite?
EE: That’s a tough one. If I have to choose one, I think my Peaceful Panda tee has to be my favorite. Its simple but still dynamic I think.
TM: What challenges have you faced as a t-shirt designer?
EE: One challenge I face is trying to find my own style. My artwork is very versatile and sometimes I think that hurts me at some points getting commissioned for work. Also trying to push my creativity to the limit, sometimes I hit the mark and sometimes I come up short. But there are so many great designers, and trying to make your mark as a good or great designer is a challenge in its self.
TM: How do you get inspiration for your t-shirt designs?
EE: Music is my one of my biggest inspirations. Looking at my peers artwork and not to completely rip someone off, but taking elements from artist you admire and inspire you is ok. Everyday life, a stroll through the mall, watching a movie, a certain color pallet. Basically anything can spark an idea and the excitement to design.
TM: Which artists have served as an inspiration and been an influence to you?
EE: My mom watching her draw when I was young inspired me to draw, and become the artist I am today. As for illustrators Joe Madureira, loved his artwork on Battle chasers comic book series, Joe Quesada , Eric Bailey. As t-shirt designers go Godmachine, Killer Napkins, Jimiyo, AJ Dimarucot, Olly Moss, and Jeff Finley to name a few.
TM: What are some helpful tips you can give to other t-shirt designers out there?
EE: Be professional, we are designers and we provide a service to our clients, and treating them with respect, meeting deadlines, will definitely have clients returning and giving you more work. I’m not saying every client is easy to work with, but in any situation be professional. Work hard, practice on your weaknesses and turn them into strengths. Everyone has to pay their dues, so don’t get discouraged when you don’t have any work coming in, every artist has experienced this. Most important just do it, and have fun while doing it.
For more info on Eric Elizondo, check out his portfolio!