Martin Bregman is a Toronto-based illustrator with whom Dashboard has had the pleasure of collaborating on several projects in the past, notably the Santa Claus Parade, and more recently, the upcoming ING DIRECT THRiVE launch. After finishing a whirlwind month of THRiVEtastic work together, I decided to catch up with my former desk-mate.
Q. What has been your biggest challenge in your career thus far?
Definitely launching my illustration career. It’s been a big learning curve on the business side, there are huge opportunities on the web in terms of self-promotion, and that I’m doing it by myself. It’s no coincidence that these are also the most rewarding things about it.
Q. Who or what is your biggest source of inspiration? Do you have any idols?
I think that as soon as you idolize someone, you lose perspective, and potentially open yourself up to negative elements inherent in their personality. There are definitely people I respect though, and generally it’s because they have broad and/or interesting creative approaches. Brian Eno, John Cassavetes, Marian Bantjes, Bompas & Parr, Leonardo da Vinci — off the top of my head; there are too may more to mention. Inspiration comes from everywhere; movies, TV, other illustrators, people I follow on Twitter, Behance, etc. Sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming to see so much good stuff on a regular basis, so it’s important to judge yourself on your own work and not look at the millions of other creative people as a single entity with which you need to compete.
Q. What type of work or projects would you like to pursue in the future?
I really want to do more apps and games. I’m currently working on a few treatments/prototypes/animatics, which I hope to be able to shop around within the next few months.
Q. If you could collaborate with anyone, past or present, who would it be?
Julius Caesar. I’d design some hilarious t-shirts for the Roman centurions.
Q. A lot of your work is very tongue-in-cheek. Do you think it’s important to approach communications with a sense of humour? Why/why not?
I don’t know if it’s “important” per se, but humour is a powerful way to connect with people. It’s something I appreciate in other peoples’ work, and try to include in my own.
Thanks Martin! We’ll keep a desk warm for you.