Aug 3 Aug 3 Jeremy Fish Omule Illustrations, Interviews Facebook | Instagram Omule : Hi Jeremy , tell me how everything started. Jeremy : I moved to San Francisco from upstate NY in 1994 to attend SFAI, the oldest art school on the west coast. After school I worked in the skateboard industry printing and designing skateboard graphics. From there I started to show in galleries, and doing a lot of commercial illustration. I have made my living balancing illustration projects and fine art shows for most of the last two decades here in the most expensive city in the USA. Omule : How would you describe your style? Jeremy : My work is searching for the perfect balance of cute and creepy. Omule : Where do you get your inspiration from? Jeremy : Vehicles, people, and places I visit. Omule : What is your ideal creative environment? Jeremy : My studio, deep in the heart of the oldest neighbourhood in San Francisco. Omule : Favourite place to go on a holiday. Jeremy : My bed. Omule : Five things you can’t live without. Jeremy : My wife, my cat, my drugs, MY ART, and my gang. Omule : Do you have any kind of creative patterns and routines ? Jeremy : Run errands and take meetings in the day, draw and paint in the night. Eat pizza in between. Omule : What kind of books and movies do you like? Jeremy : Funny, comedy, not horror, no tragedy, no drama. Omule : What superpower would you like to have and why? Jeremy : The power to make the world a better place. Omule : What would be a great achievement for you? Jeremy : Owning a huge classic SF victorian home here in North Beach. Omule : How do you usually start a new project ? Jeremy : New music, fresh pencils, and a fresh perspective. Omule : Have you encountered ups and downs so far? Jeremy : Sure, who doesn’t? In the 25 years I have lived here, SF became the most expensive city to live in the whole country. Most of the artists have moved away, and the city has filled with rich tech nerds. It has been a VERY big transition. Omule : What kind of feedback have you received so far ? Jeremy : Good, bad, and everything in between. Omule : What do you like the most about your work ? Jeremy : That my job is to make people smile. Omule : Who is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party? Jeremy : Zach Galifianakis, David Letterman, Robin Williams, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, John Bellushi. All of the worlds funniest people. Omule : What is your favourite kind of project? Jeremy : The next one. The thrill of the unknown. Omule : Do you have favorite documentaries series , or podcasts? Jeremy : The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. He was my upstairs neighbour in college. Omule : PC or Mac? Pencil and paper or tablet? Photoshop or Illustrator? Jeremy : Pencil and paper. Omule : Favourite places to visit and why ? Jeremy : The dark corners of my mind, where new ideas are waiting for me. Omule : If you had the power, what would you forbid ? Jeremy : No more jerks . Omule : What made you want to become an illustrator or artist? Jeremy : I am not good at anything else . Omule : Can you remember some of your earliest influences? Jeremy : Hannah Barbara Cartoons, 80’s skateboard graphics, Dr. Suess, and Richard Scarry . Omule : Which of your projects has been most important to developing your personal style? Jeremy : Working in the skateboard industry . Omule : Would you say that keeping things simple is your strongest skill? Jeremy : No, I am a fantastic dancer. Omule : Which illustrators or artists working today do you admire the most? Jeremy : Mike Giant, and Todd Francis . Omule : What criteria do you use to critique your work? Jeremy : Is it good, or does it suck? Omule : How much attention do you pay to the feedback of others on your work? Jeremy : 50% . Omule : Cheers !