This week on Designers Unlocked with have a very special designer, who happens to be an English teacher as well. Fishbiscuit Designs.
Lets get straight into the interview and Fishbiscuit Designs can tell you all out herself.
Can you start by giving some background about yourself? Where you are from? What is your background? How did you get into design?
I teach English to middle schoolers by day and design t-shirts at night. I was trolling around the Internet one day looking at geeky stuff when I stumbled upon shirt.woot. One t-shirt purchase led to another, my wallet got slimmer, my interest in shirt design grew.
Shortly thereafter, I discovered the weekly derby over at shirt.woot. I entered my first derby, with no clue what I was doing and a horrendously ugly design!
Fast forward 10 months and I won my first derby! I've been hooked on designing shirts ever since and have been extremely fortunate that people actually like my work! You guys really like me!
Where did you get the name Fishbiscuit?
I'm a huge fan of the show LOST. I was signing up to make my first purchase at woot one night. The scene with Sawyer trying to win the fishbiscuit in the polar bear cage was on TV. I hastily typed "fishbiscuit" as the username. Darn! It was taken. I threw a "5" at the end. Voila! An artist nickname was born! I would have been more creative had I known the username would turn into my identity. What the heck is a fishbiscuit anyway? Awkward!
Where do you get your inspiration for your designs?
TV shows, movies, books and life. Things that make me laugh are a huge inspiration. Usually dumb things I say to people in passing turn into a t-shirt like this one: Grammar Police
When you create a new t shirt design, what sort of process do you follow?
I start with a long list of chicken scratch and pretty much just brainstorm letting the ideas flow. Sometimes I draw with a pencil, sometimes I go straight to Photoshop and start piecing shapes together. In the end, most of the design is created in Photoshop. Oh! I bought a Samsung Slate tablet and now all I want to do is color, color, color on it. It’s so much fun!
Looking at your own portfolio what is your favourite design and why?
I think my favorite piece is "Han Quixote". It was so much fun, and HARD, to draw like Picasso. Basing a design on my favorite movie and my favorite piece of artwork just brings this one together for me.
What current projects are you working on now? And can we get a exclusive peek?
I always have several projects going at once. It's hard to stay focused on just one when so many ideas are running through my head. I tend to jump around a lot. Here's a quick peek at something I'm working on:
A Work In Progress
Do you try to convey any message in your designs?
Not really. My designs are fun or funny or both if I'm lucky!
Star Wars 0r Star Trek? Which do you prefer?
Star Wars by a long shot because watching the original movie on the big screen was a pivotal moment in my life, but I do love me some Star Trek! Beam me up, Scotty!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Winning the lottery and settling on an island where you can find me drawing on the beach all day.
What other interests and hobbies do you have when you’re not designing?
Designing IS my hobby! I am a full time English teacher and spend my free time making art. A job I love and a hobby that's brought me unexpected success. Best of both worlds!
Anyone you want to give a shout out to?
I have met so many wonderful artists and all around great people over the past couple of years. A special shout out to The Art Illuminati, the RBA and RBC. You complete me! I would list everyone by name but we would be here all day!
Where is the best place to find your designs and buy some of your shirts? And of course get in contact with you.
ANY OTHER WEBSITE THAT FEATURES YOUR DESIGN:
One last question, when you going to design a Firefly shirt as I am a massive fan?
I have a confession, I've never seen Firefly! Better put it on my “to do” list for the summer so I can make a design just for you!
Thanks so much for the interview! I’m flattered and honored to have my work featured.