(He/Him) • New York City, United States
Dominic Bodden is an award-winning illustrator and animator based in New York City. His signature style of illustration is a blend of traditional and digital image making techniques that incorporate pastel and paper collage. Dominic's background as a designer is in the field of fashion where he worked as a fashion stylist and costume designer. His eye for color and flair for pattern and texture allow him to create dynamic illustrations with an emotional impact. Dominic's goal is to make illustrations that challenge, inspire, and entertain.Read more
- Art Directors Club 100: Silver Cube Award
- World Illustration Awards 2021: New Talent Exploration Category Winner
- 3×3 Illustration annual competition : Bronze Award
- Graphis New Talent Competition 2021: Silver Award
- American Illustration 40
- American Illustration 39
- Illustration West 59
- Society of Illustrators NY 63
- Communication Arts 2020
- Society of Illustrators NY 62
- London International Creative Competition 2021
- Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2021
- Graphis Poster Annual 2021
Do you remember what your first artwork looked like? Do you still have it?
Yes, I remember drawing on napkins at restaurants when I was a young kid. I’m not sure how many of those survived, but there’s probably a few tucked away in a photo album somewhere.
Why did you choose illustration as your life’s work instead of, for example, filmmaking, law, or even medicine?
Illustration is actually my second career. I made the move to illustration after working for ten years in the fashion industry. Fashion was fun, but nothing compares to being able to make drawings for a living.
Did you study art in school?
Yes, I studied Illustration design and animation at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Where does your inspiration come from; your impulse to make art? Do you have a source for your ideas?
Most of my inspiration comes from movies, especially the films of Federico Fellini. I’m always inspired watching a Fellini film. His work is so imaginative and beautiful.
How would you describe the process of creating art?
My process starts with research. I like to let the research lead the design solutions in my work. I work in layers starting with a drawing in chalk pastel and collage. From there, I scan the work into the computer and add digital painting layers or animate the work in After Effects. It’s a fun workflow that allows me to experiment and play.
Do you have a favorite artist? What is it about that artist’s work you like?
I love the artwork of Felix Vallaton. His wood-block prints and oil paintings are beautifully designed. I look at his art whenever I need some visual inspiration.
If you could do something else, other than creating art, what would it be?
I would have loved to be an athlete. I can only imagine how thrilling it must be to compete for gold at the Olympic games.
Do you remember your first set of paints, pens, or markers?
Yes, I used to only use charcoal pencils to draw, but once I discovered colored pencils and pastel it was like a light was turned on. There was no going back after that.
Do you have a favorite artist supply, a favorite method, or favorite location, where you like to create artwork?
I love working in my studio. I’ve decorated the space with my collection of masks from all over the world. It’s a fun little space where I can disappear for a few hours and work some magic with my art.
Why does art matter to you? Why might it matter to the world?
I think the world needs art now more than ever before. An artist can make something beautiful out of an ugly situation. Plus, the art we create is a record of our time on this earth, and that’s very significant.
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