Jacqui Oakley: In Conversation with Marco Cibola
Tonight I had the pleasure of sitting in the audience for a live interview of illustrator Jacqui Oakley. I’m currently on reading week, and Sabrina suggested we head down to see the event at the very cool Design Exchange. Since I have had little experience with the art and design world, I knew very little about the DX and the events they put on. This was the first of the Salon Series for 2012, and it was an absolutely inspiring event for me.
The room was absolutely packed with what I can guess were illustrators, designers, and creative directors. I feel like I may have been one of the only non-artists in the room. The interview was more of a conversation between old friends, as Marco and Jacqui were old collage buddies. I just sat there soaking in the stories, experiences and tribulations of the life of an illustrator. I was mesmerized by the small glimpse I had into foreign territory. As a Social Service Worker grad and a Crim Undergrad, I know little of the in’s and out’s related to the freelance art world. I have always had an interest in self-employment, and tonight’s talk lit that flame all over again.
Marco prepared an excellent slide show filled with process work, beautiful illustrations, and life experiences. From inspiration to growing up, no topic was left untouched. I felt like I was sitting in a bar, eavesdropping on two creatives who were just reminiscing about old times.
The event really helped to reignite my passion for We Are Not Special. I just want to work that much harder, make plans much deeper, and see where I can take this idea. It is so refreshing to see real people, talking about their triumphs and tribulations, and seeing the beautiful things they can accomplish when talent and passion mix with hard work and dedication. I’m not sure if I’ll end up painting, sketching, singing, writing, or some combination of those - all I know is that it can be done, and I can’t wait to see where life takes me.
Check out more of Marco’s work at http://www.novestudio.com/
Check out Jacqui at http://www.jacquioakley.com/