Richard A Chance is a New York based illustrator, recent graduate of City Tech. After graduating college he worked in production and other various design works. I connected with Richard after he sent a message through to the page after seeing our Instagram feed. His self portrait here is pretty similar to the way I like to draw and his portfolio is worth clicking through for. Check "The Daily Illustrator" today along with some examples of his work. Cheers!
WHEN DID YOU FIRST START ILLUSTRATING AND KNOW WAS IT SOMETHING YOU WANTED TO DO AS A PROFESSION?
I drew in class when I was a kid, the older I got I used it to stay awake or draw to pass the time.I didn't take it seriously until I had a professor that talked about being an illustrator and his daily schedule. I liked the idea of drawing all day and meeting other people freelancing. That motivated me to draw more and made me changed the things I was drawing and how I was drawing it.
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION?
Tumblr is a good place to get your brain moving when you feel uninspired. Psychedelic posters catch my eye most of the time and I try to create the same feeling with just lines.I also have a fascination with old pen and ink drawings that came from the art nouveau era. ButA good amount of my inspiration comes from picture books and dirty comics. Robert Crumb was an artist I tried imitating when I was still in school, so if I run out of ideas for the assignment I tend to go back to drawing something dirty or funny.
HOW DO YOU GET THE IDEAS FOR YOUR ILLUSTRATIONS?
In the beginning, I basically doodle on a paper that I know I will throw out soon like a math test paper or a handout a teacher gave me. If the doodle looks like something cool I would continue the drawing on another piece of paper. Recently I kinda still do the same thing but the only thing that changes is the location, I get ideas walking home from my day job or riding on the train.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEDIUM TO WORK WITH?
Pen and ink. Pen and ink are easy and it's not much of a burden to use. When I used other mediums like gouache or acrylic I always feel like I have to make this drawing good if not it's wasting material. Using ink is convenient, it comes in packs that you can get at any department store and if you look to the nearest person they probably have a pen on them. I use sharpie markers once in a while in substitute for a pen. I try to not use the computer as much as possible but sometimes it is faster to add what you need to the drawing with a computer.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON?
I want to get something in an art gallery somewhere in NY. So I'm working on drawing a very big pen and ink drawing. I never thought I would want to get into an art gallery but I started to understand the difference between art and illustration. This probably would be the most ambitious and biggest drawing I’ve done. I have a very clear image in my head and now I'm just gathering assets and reference material to make it look accurate.
CURRENT PLAYLIST AS YOU WORK?
I listen to random albums and youtube videos in the background while I draw. When I come across a song or album that sounds good I tend to play it over and over until I finish that particular drawing. Recently I've been obsessed with Tame Impala. I play a certain song depending on what I'm doing but anything on the Lonerism album I could play in the background. Other than that I play anything that has an interesting album cover.
ARE THERE ANY ILLUSTRATORS THAT YOU ARE A FAN OF THAT DESERVE SOME EXPOSURE?
Lucy Hardie is a really good artist, she makes these dope pen and ink stipple illustrations. Lucjan. I don't know his real name but his tumblr name is Lucjan, he does dark pencil drawn gifs. Ropeliker is another artist that I think doesn't get enough exposure, a lot of his or her drawings or dark and very intricate.