Introducing Christopher Adams, an illustrator/designer working out of Nashville TN

We're very excited to introduce illustrator Christopher Adams, who’s work emphasises detail to colour and rich texture, bringing to each artwork a magical, fun & unique atmosphere; which we simply admire.  You can find out more in this Q&A below…

When did you start illustrating?
I started drawing when I was a little guy, and seemed to always keep at it through the years. During design school I would always make custom unique illustrations for all of my design projects and this is how I learned that illustration was something I really wanted to pursue — ever since I have been working as a freelance illustrator.

Who has been the most supportive in your illustration career, perhaps your teacher, family, friends?
Hmm.... This is a tough question, but you did say the “most” supportive. So with that being said I would say my illustration mentor Lauren Lowen, who took me in as an intern in college and has always helped with advice and guidance. Another equally supportive person is my long time girlfriend, Natalie Miles, who is also a working illustrator.

Did you always think art was something that was going to be a major part of your life?
Absolutely. During my early life art was a primary passion of mine. Other passions came and went, but art always stuck around. It kind of seemed like it was the only thing I was ever pretty good at.

How would you describe your style?
Is it hard for everyone to describe their own style, or is it just me? (No not just you Chris!) I think my style is playful, imaginative, mysterious and sometimes spooky.

What is your favourite collaboration to date?
My favourite collaboration would be when my girlfriend and I were fortunate enough to make a custom poster at the historic Hatch Show Print Shop in downtown Nashville. This was very special because we were able to use the old letterpress and hand carved woodblock letters that are about 100 years old to create a poster for an art event in Nashville.

What interested you about being represented by Illo Agency?
There were a couple things that drew me to Illo Agency. Firstly, the art that I saw from the agency was all really good and I thought the team of illustrators were all very inspiring. Secondly, I really liked the mentality of Illo — representing a great variety of artists all around the world was something I thought was really cool.

Do you have a favourite author, film director, or designer?

Oh man, there are some major small shop design studio’s that I just love. To name a few: Two Times Elliott, Spin Studio (UK) and Perky Bros (who are right in Nashville).

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, do you have a favourite?
Yes I do, I’ll listen to pretty much anything dealing with criminal psychology or anything that has some spooky elements to it. I also listen to Creative Pep Talk — which can be super helpful if you’re in a creative rut. 

Perhaps if you have the perfect project in mind for Chris, or if you'd like to see more, please contact his agent here > [email protected]

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