Being into motorcycles and cars I’ve been a big fan of Jim Hatch for quite a few years.
He’s been a big inspiration for me and I’ve often sought his advice regarding my own illustration career.
Jim was kind enough to take the time to answer some of my questions and I’m thrilled to learn more about this extremely talented illustrator.
How long have you been an illustrator?
– I was first paid for my work in 1991 while still in college, so 18 years now.
Are you a freelancer, do you have your own business or do you work for a company?
– I built my own studio at my home in Santa Barbara, CA
Software of choice?
– I am on a Mac using Photoshop and Illustrator on a 30″ Apple monitor and use a Wacom tablet.
Any advice for illustrators just starting out?
– I feel like I am still starting out compared to the people I admire like Kevin Hulsey, David Kimble and Tony Matthews. I think everyone’s experience is unique but hard work, tons of practice and a true passion for Illustration should translate into results over time. For me the traditional drawing skills & theory I learned early in my career using ellipse templates, proper perspective and subtle line weight techniques have proved invaluable and form the basis for everything I do. I see many people coming up that don’t understand what they are drawing and just draw shapes and hope it works out.
Check out the rest of his work on his site, Jim Hatch Illustration