Today we’d like to introduce you to Steven Holliday.
Steven, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I always had an interest in drawing ever since I could hold a pencil. I mostly started with mimicking other artists work and styles to try to develop myself in different areas of drawing like perspective, proportion, scaling and so on.
In the beginning, I started with black ink then progressed to tones using gray Prismacolor markers and watercolor. It would be a long time till I was confident enough to move into color.
Most of my art interests when I was young was geared towards comic books. I spent 5 summers waking up early on Saturday mornings to go to comic illustration classes at Heron Art School in Indianapolis. It wasn’t until college at The School Of The Art Institute Chicago that I discovered my love for screen printing.
It was an accident that I ended up in a beginners screen printing class, a last-second replacement course to a previous one I found out I had no interest in. From there it’s been a fun and exciting ride in the screen printing world that has yet to have a dull moment.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There are always constant struggles and uncertainties when you’re on the road to hopefully becoming a full-time artist. Pursuing your dreams always comes with extreme peaks and valleys especially when you’re doing it solo. One bad print can put you in the red and when you finance all of your print jobs yourself, the feeling of nervousness is never far from your mind.
However you cant stop, you cant let anything discourage you whether it’s an unsuccessful print or negative feedback from clientele. The reward you get from people appreciating your work, commending you as an artist, and becoming a fan means everything and is the fuel that keeps you going.
Please tell us about The Art Of Steven Holliday.
I’ve been designing screen prints professionally and consistently for about 3 and a half years. My first year I released less than 5 prints. 2016 I released 7. Last year, 11. Each year I hope to either match the previous years’ releases or more.
I work a day job to pay the bills and rent. My average Monday – Friday consists of waking up at 7:30 am, getting to my day job by 9 am, then working there till 4:30 pm. Once I get home I work on my designs till midnight. The following day I get up and do it all over again.
Weekends I usually spend between 8-12 hours designing before I have to finally take a break and go outside. Once I’m done with a design I send the color layers to a professional screen printer who prints the final work.
The edition of screen prints is then released through myself through my site or sent to various galleries for shows. The two screen printers I’ve used in Chicago and highly recommend are Steve Walters of Screwball press and Delicious Design League (pictured).
I’ve designed everything from fan art, to officially licensed movie prints, to gig posters. A few years back I was given the opportunity to design a gig poster for Gary Numan at the Metro and from there I’ve been building my client base and broadening myself to galleries and companies.
The screen printing world has a large following full of great people dedicated to the craft. The bulk of my work has been contributed to various gallery group shows dedicated to various film topics. I’ve worked with GalerieF here in Chicago, Hero Complex Gallery, Gallery1988, and Creature Features in Los Angeles. Most of my work is film related.
I’ve been lucky to be able to create some officially licensed work in the past couple years which include, Aliens, Shaun Of The Dead and most recently Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 for Marvel. I’ve also designed beer labels for Arcade Brewery, T-Shirts for Fright Rags, and anniversary screening posters for Retro Picture Show and Gutter Garbs.
It’s hard to talk about what I’m most proud of and sound humble, but I would have to say I’m most proud of my persistence. Creating art is my life and I dedicated hours upon hours every day to it. Sometimes I’ll spend days on a piece, decide I don’t like it, and move onto to something new, but I never think of any time not spent towards a final print as time wasted.
Everything you do as an artist is a learning experience that betters you. I believe artists are always evolving and everything they create can be a stepping stone to something even better than the last.
There are a lot of screen print artists out there with their own unique approach to designing. I just want to create imagery that I personally love and find inspiring. I want to make bright, colorful work that people rush to get framed and hang.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I’m still very new to this screen printing world and I don’t think I would do anything differently.
- Screen Prints range from 20-65 dollars
- Website: www.stevenlurosholliday.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: stevenlurosholliday
- Facebook: facebook.com/stevenlurosholliday
- Twitter: StevenLHolliday
- Other: slhdesign.bigcartel.com
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