Today we're very pleased to announce Friso Blankevoort as new artist joining Camaloon!
Introduce yourself in two lines
Illustrator and graphic designer from Amsterdam, sometimes fine artist.
Loves to sleep.
Tell us something about the beginning of your career.
Halfway art school I was designing flyers and t-shirts but it was kind of hard to take the step of turning this thing into a full-time job.
The skatestore where I was working at the time (Revert 95) was really supportive so that helped me get started.
Where does your passion for art come from?
At first it was all just drawing and drawing and then drawing on everything. It wasn't until the end of high school that I started thinking how I could turn this into a career.
When I was young I was always reading comic books and when I started skateboarding I noticed how design shapes almost every product, from billboards to skateboards and from clothes to ehmm.. phone cases :v)
Where do you find inspiration?
I get a lot of inspiration from other disciplines of design, like interior design or music. Oh, and internet is also an endless pile of cool stuff, if you manage not to get distracted by cats.
Is there any other Camaloon artist that you like?
I've liked the work of Mauro Gatti for a while, so it was cool to see the stuff he has on Camaloon.
And just last month I discovered the illustrations of Steffie Brocoli on Instagram. Really nice.
Tell us about your creations on Camaloon.
I've been wanting to make a pattern with weather icons for a while, and I figured it would fit really well on a phone case. The weather is the most talked about topic over here in the Netherlands. You never know what it's going to do, and it has great effect on the activities you're planning for the day.
The cutting mat is my personal favorite. At first look it totally changes the function of the object you put in it.
Inspiration for that one was right in front of me, since I have a big cutting mat as a mouse pad.
The project that makes your prouder.
I always love to see my work in places where I don't expect it. For some clients I do many different products, and that turns into a whole corporate identity over some time.
It's a lot of fun seeing people walking around with tote bags I designed, or other items like pins, buttons or clothes.
Maybe it's a bit of a cliché, but the best part is when you notice that you've inspired others to do cool stuff.
What is Camaloon for you?
An opportunity to realize some of my ideas on mediums I've never had a chance to work on before.
Tell us a funny story about you or your work.
Last year I put the wrong year on a flyer for a snowboarding trip in February. Nobody noticed for months while they were promoting it. Until the new year started, and all of a sudden it seemed like it was last year's flyer. Sorry about that, Jeroen.
One last comment?
Support the arts! Buy art, not sneakers. Listen to Shuggie Otis.