Pursuit of the Creative: Adam Haynes

Portland is in a league all its own when it comes to cultivating amazing artists and illustrators. Just look at our past sketchXchange speakers if you need further proof. Our March event will continue to raise the bar of pure awesomeness and you won’t want to miss it.

Join us at the headquarters of our community partner, Nemo Design for an evening of sketching and inspiration from the talented artist, Adam Haynes

DATE OF THE EVENT: Friday, March 1st

TIME: 6:00-9:00pm

PLACE: Nemo Design, 1875 SE Belmont St

Check-in begins at 6:00pm. Doors close at 6:45

COST: FREE, however a donation is always welcomed!

REGISTRATION BEGINS: Monday morning at 9am, February 25th

As always space is limited, so be sure to register early!

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Adam Haynes is an Oregon-native who currently resides in Bend. His clients include Nike, ESPN, Timberland, Quiksilver, and Deschutes Brewery. Adam has produced yearly board graphics for Gnu Snowboards, an animated spot of his own artwork for Fuel TV, as well as creative for Wired Magazine, the USFS, and Ronix Wakeboards. He grew up with a love for the outdoors and you can see this passion in both his commercial and personal artwork.

Let’s find out more about Adam and how he works.

Can you give us a brief overview of your process? It looks like a lot of your work is a mix between hand-drawn elements and digital processing. Do you draw everything by hand and then go into Photoshop or jump back and forth? Do you ever start a piece in Photoshop?

My process changes a bit from project to project depending on the client and the degree of polish desired in the final piece. For most commercial work, I start with pencil sketches to nail down the composition and content of a piece. After client approval, I do a tighter pencil sketch on illustration board, and ink with pen or brush. At this point, the black and white line art is scanned into photoshop, and I begin layering in color and texture. Any further changes to the line work are done by hand with light table and ink and stitched into the photoshop file. I never start a piece in Photoshop, I like to have something hand drawn to start off with.

Has your painting influenced your graphic style or vise versa?

Definitely. I like to try out new techniques and styles with my paintings, some of which can then be applied to commercial work. I’ve also started using more contrast and fine brush work in my paintings, and that’s definitely from doing so much black and white line work.

What are some of your favorite materials and tools to use when you’re sketching and creating?

I love drawing with pin striping brushes, sumi brushes, and crow quill pens. And of course, good old Staedtler Lumograph pencils. 

What has been your biggest influence or source of inspiration as an artist? How has your style changed over the years?

One of my favorite illustrator/artists is Evan Hecox. I love his line work and style, and he’s been a big influence for years. My style used to be a lot more similar to his, but over the years it’s gotten a bit more organic, and I hope a bit more my own. Another of my biggest influences is the creator of Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo. His line work and attention to detail is second to none, and the range of his skill set is incredible. His landscapes have had a big influence on my own.

Join us Friday, March 1st for an evening of sketching and shop talk with Adam. Thanks again to our community partner, Nemo Design for hosting. Hope to see you there!

DATE OF THE EVENT: Friday, March 1st

TIME: 6:00-9:00pm

PLACE: Nemo Design, 1875 SE Belmont St

Check-in begins at 6:00pm. Doors close at 6:45

COST: FREE, however a donation is always welcomed!

REGISTRATION BEGINS: Monday morning at 9am, February 25th

RSVP on Eventbrite