GET TO KNOW MATTHEW JOCELYN, CREATOR OF WOLF WAFFLES!
Hey dudes, Jillian here! I stumbled onto Matthew’s Wolf Waffles blog through the Tumblr Radar a while back and was instantly hooked. Look at them! They run! They jump! They ride horses and I love them! Through a little bit of magic and a self-awarded Masters in Lurking, I was able to track Matthew down and ask him some questions. Check out his answers, get to know him a little bit, and keep an eye out for his first ever Threadless submission!
Hey, Matthew. Tell us about yourself.
Well, I’m originally from California but I’ve been living in Brooklyn for the past 5 years. I work at a digital agency as a production designer and I’m the weirdo that makes the stuff on WolfWaffles.com.
How did these animations come to be? What inspired them?
I’d been trying to turn my characters into a comic book or a cartoon, but it turns out that stuff is hard! Then one day I fell into a Tumblr hole. After a few hours of staring at GIFs I thought, “Hey, I’ll make one of those thingies.”
Do you consider yourself an “artist”?
No way! I think of myself as someone who knows Photoshop and has internet access. Sometimes right after I post a new GIF I think, “Well, I’ve done my part to make the internet more bottomless.” Which, now that I think of it, seems like some weird kind of performance art. Maybe I’ll change my answer to yes?
Is this your “art” or do you make other “art” too?
I think the stuff I make is pretty much like a good fart joke. It takes a tiny bit of skill and creativity but in the grand scheme of things it probably wouldn’t be considered art. Plus, I don’t know if MOMA would ever show a GIF of a puking cyclops…
Do you have any favorite artists, makers, or doers?
Oh that’s hard question… I want to say OutKast but I also want to say Bill Murray. There’s also this homeless guy I see on the subway that plays Rolling Stones songs on a banjo. He seems pretty cool.
What do you do when you’re not making funny little animations?
Well, Grand Theft Auto V just came out so that’s gonna be my life now.
If the creatures in your GIFs could talk, what would they say?
They would probably jump out from behind a dumpster and say, “Gimme all your money and maple syrup.” Then they would give you a hug, whisper an insult in your ear and scamper off into the night.
What is a question that you always wished someone would ask you so you could answer it? What’s the answer to that question?
Q: Would you like some ice cream? A: Yes, please.
Any parting words?
Nope! This was fun. Thank you!
PLUG INTO JESSICA ROUSCH’S LIFE AND HER WINNING NPR DESIGN!
Hi Jessica! How about a quick introduction?
Hello! I grew up in North Carolina and went to NC State for a double major in Textile Technology and Art & Design. Now, I’m a textile artist at Kohl’s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I do hand-painted and vector art for all sorts of home product - table linens, dinnerware, bedding, bath stuff, decor, etc. I also like to do some illustration at home too.
Congratulations on your winning design, NPR: Plugged In! What was it like to receive the notification that you won?
Thanks!! A few excited expletives may have escaped my mouth. And I was at work at the time, so I drew a little crowd around my cubicle when I started yelling. It was a wonderful surprise. I still half-thought it was some sort of elaborate hoax until I got the prize box in the mail a few days ago.
I see you’re a textile designer by trade, was making this design outside of your comfort zone?
Yeah, I’d say so - I’ve done quite a bit more illustration-y stuff in the last few years after college, but I’d say I’m more of a Jack-of-all-trades (and master of hopefully a couple, at least?). I really didn’t do any sort of illustration in school. I did strictly textile application (weaving, knitting, jacquard) and fine art (painting, classical drawing, installation, etc etc) so getting into something fresh and new to me has been a blast.
Could you tell us more about how your design came about? What about NPR influenced your design? Can you share any process photos with us?
This one was a challenge. Not only is it about SOUND, which isn’t easily expressed visually, but also about NPR, which has a scope so broad that it would be impossible to illustrate all of the topics that it covers. I decided to illustrate instead its effect on me, in that I get lost in thought and imagination and wonder when I listen. I’m absorbed by the current events stories, and feel closer to the world around me. I tried to include country, suburban, and cityscapes (along with a little capitol building!), and the NPR colors (red, black and blue).
What’s your favorite medium to work in?
Watercolors. I love how unexpected and dramatic it is when I add pigment to the wet paper - like magic! I kind of “grew up” with acrylics and oil colors, which is predictable, but watercolor makes me think ahead, work fast, and also go with the flow (pun intended).
When did you first start listening to NPR?
I really can’t remember! Ever since I was a little kid, my parents have listened to NPR in the car, so I did too. We would listen to it on the way back from my grandparents house, and now I listen on the way back from work.
As part of your grand prize, you’re getting a private tour of NPR HQ. First, who are you taking with you? Second, is there anyone you’re especially hoping to run into during your visit?
My dad and my boyfriend both really want to go. Maybe I’ll make them compete by arm wrestling or rock-paper-scissors or something. When we (whoever we ends up being) get there, I would love to see Steve Inskeep, Renee Montagne, or Bob Boilen. A girl can dream.
Do you have any favorite NPR shows?
Not having cable and being slightly addicted to Netflix can be a nuisance when you try to keep up with current events. I most often listen to NPR on the way to and from work for news, but I also like to catch This America Life, Car Talk, Tiny Desk Concerts, and RadioLab.
Shout out time! Want to show some love for your #1 NPR station?
Since I grew up in North Carolina, my first NPR love was the Raleigh, NC station - WUNC 91.5 - but I also love the Milwaukee station, WUWM 89.7.
Given your design, are headphones your favorite way to listen?
At work they definitely are. Sometimes that’s the only way I can get work done, with an open cubicle and lots of foot traffic. I have the over-the-ear headphones, and I can just tune out everything and get stuff done.
What’s it like to be able to design for an organization like NPR on Threadless?
I LOVED IT. I don’t think I would ever have had a chance to design for them otherwise, so Threadless gave me the perfect opportunity. Getting a design on Threadless was awesome enough, then add NPR on top of it…. I seriously lucked out.
Are you currently working on any new projects?
I’m working on some typographic illustrations for a daily calendar coming out in 2014, called “Today is Going to be a Great Day”. Super stoked about that opportunity. And, I’m working on a fun illustrated spanish language chart. No real reason, just because I miss having to speak in Spanish everyday (I studied in Spain for a little while in 2010).
Can we expect more submissions from you in the future?
YES. It’s on.
Any last words or shout outs?
Thanks to Threadless and NPR - You’ve made my year!
You can pick up Jessica’s winning design, NPR: Plugged In today!
MISSED THIS YEAR’S MEETUP? WATCH THE 2013 FAMILY REUNION ARTIST INTERVIEWS.
We had a great time at Threadless 2013’s Family Reunion! We were so honored to have 4 awesome members of the Threadless community come to Chicago to be interviewed. Get to know Nathan Pyle, Priscilla Wilson, Budi Satria Kwan and Jeremyville a little better.
Nathan hails from Ohio and now lives and works in New York City. In addition to art, he produces non-fiction television programs for a variety of networks. He has a degree in theology, loves taking photos, and he is free this Saturday if anyone is playing flag football in Central Park.
BUDI SATRIA KWAN
Budi Satria Kwan didn’t have a credit card when he discovered Threadless, so he submitted a design in hopes of being awarded a coupon. This was his introduction to Photoshop and the world of design. Budi lives in Makassar, Indonesia.
We brought Budi from Indonesia to Chicago to present him 2013’s Threadless Designer of the year Bestee! Check out his MADE shop to see some of his work.
When she isn’t organizing wine tour meet-ups across the California countryside or arranging artist E-chats across the world, Threadless Ambassador Priscilla Wilson is busy makin’ fancy schmancy wine labels for the vino you might be drinking right now.
CHECK OUT THREADLESSER DSCHWEN’S NIFTY EDITORIAL ILLUSTRATIONS
(Illustration for Warby Parker, for the finale of Breaking Bad)
16-time printed Threadless artist David Schwen is a big ball of creative talent. He’s a whiz at taking everyday objects and whipping them into clever photos and designs. Recently, he’s been on a roll creating clever illustrations for editorial cartoons. We chatted him up to hear about his recent projects.
(Illustration for TIME Magazine about the future of digital learning)
"I’ve been creating editorial illustrations for about three years now. Although technically, I started when I was 15, by creating illustrations for a small publication in northern Minnesota where I grew up. I went to college, thinking I would major in illustration, but later took the path of Graphic Design instead. My reasoning, is that I could have a full time design job and still do illustration on the side. For a while I worked at advertising and design agencies around Minneapolis, until recently I broke off and started my own studio."
(Illustration for Entrepreneur about family planning)
"I now have about 50/50 design and illustration jobs. It’s been such an amazing experience creating illustrations for places like Wired, Fast Company, TIME, Entrepreneur and others. For a while, I spent a lot of years coming up with concepts for t-shirt designs at Threadless, and now I’m using the same approach for my editorial illustrations. I love what I am doing right now, but I’d love to get back into creating designs for shirts soon. Threadless is a community of amazing artists, and I strongly feel I wouldn’t be where I am today without it!"
(Illustration for GOOD Magazine accompanying an article about gun control)
RAISE A GLASS TO ROSS BRUGGINK’S ABSOLUT CHICAGO BOTTLE DESIGN!
Ross Bruggink is on a roll. Last week, we released Ross’ cryptozoology-inspired “Sweet Betty’s Sparkling Yetis” tee, which was the winning design from our challenge with our pals at dribbble. Yesterday, we launched Ross’ spectacular new MADE collection, complete with a charming video of Ross in his natural habitat (Minneapolis, Minnesota). Today, we’re ecstatic to announce that Ross’ ABSOLUT CHICAGO bottle design, “The Cityscape,” has finally hit the shelves! Check out the bottle in all of its glory:
“I wanted to represent iconic elements of Chicago (hot dog, ferris wheel, pigeon, theatre sign, etc.) while presenting the iconic nature of the architecture itself.” says Ross in his artist statement, “The result is a stylized cityscape incorporating architectural and iconic elements of Chicago.”
See what we mean? Ross is on FIRE! Ross’ beautiful Chicago-themed bottle houses one of ABSOLUT’s newest flavors, an interestingly delightful, aromatic rosemary and olive vodka.
Thinking about vodka drinks now? Check out this edition of Mo Knows for a few innovative new cocktail drinks to test out at your next soiree. That girl knows her mixology!
Congratulations to Ross on all of his recent achievements, and we hope to see more of his incredible work in the future!
HELP CELEBRATE ARTISTS BY WEARING THE #BIGTEE OF THE DAY! (DAY 5 & 6)
There’s $10,000 on the line in The Next Big Tee challenge. To celebrate the artists who have created some of the most popular Threadless designs recently, we’ll be highlighting one best-selling tee a day and throwin’ some fun facts at ya!
Friday’s big tee was “Funkalicious" by Christopher Golebiowski! Did you wear your tee?
Things got fun and funky when Ranch Ghost stopped by!
Launched June 4, 2012
Biggest sale day friday Nov. 23, 2012
What’s something great about the city you live in?