In talks with – Trevor Basset.
Trevor Basset is an illustrator based in Seattle, WA. His work is simple, yet super effective. Combining image and typography, using various methods to create stunning and powerful pieces, from designs for Ride Snowboards to poster projects for Tenacious D and Washington States Sasquatch! Festival. We caught up with Trevor to find out about how he works.
Hey Trevor, How’s it going? What are you up to today?
I’m good. Today is Monday so I’m back at work after a nice weekend off. I work at Ride Snowboards and when I go home will start working on some other side projects.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your work?
I’m a graphic designer and illustrator living in Seattle, WA with my wife and two cats. I started Small Horse Studio (http://www.smallhorsestudio.com/) with my wife while we were in college and we both graduated in 2010. I listen to a lot of podcasts.
How would you describe your style?
Clean and simple, I also prefer using only a few colors.
What is your background as an artist?
I’ve been interested in gig posters since I was young and designing posters for my band in high school helped push me into becoming a designer. I used to do a lot of screen printing and that informed some of my current sensibilities as a designer as far as working with typography and color.
What mediums do you use within your work?
I work pretty digitally for the most part, sometimes I sketch out ideas but other times I just sort of know what it should look like in my head and jump right into the computer. I do also enjoy drawing with Pitt pens and my favorite pen is a Pentel Pocket Brush.
Where do you draw inspiration from with your work?
I get really inspired by history; I like to sometimes think I am creating art for a different period in time. I’ve also lived in the Pacific Northwest my entire life and am heavily inspired by the nature of this area.
How did it all begin?
My dad and grandpa are both cartoonists so I grew up around a lot of art. I knew from an early age I wanted to do something with art but wasn’t sure what. I drew a lot as a kid but when I was a teenager I started messing around with Photoshop and that put me on the path to becoming a graphic designer.
Are you working on any exciting projects at the moment?
What’s coming up for you?
I help run a site called Silver Screen Society (http://silverscreensociety.com/) and we launch a new movie every month and are about to start our movie for May. I’ll also be working on another poster with my wife for My Morning Jacket starting pretty soon.
What would be the dream brief?
I like having some basic guidelines but plenty of room to play around with what the end result could be. I’m a huge comedy fan and I think my current dream project would be designing the cover to a stand up album.
What is your favourite colour?
The more blue the better.