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Art & Life with Adam Hawkins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adam Hawkins.

Adam, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I think I always knew that I wanted to be an artist. Growing up, I was always drawing. My parents would bring a bag of markers every time we went out to eat, and I’d spend the entire time at the restaurant drawing (usually dinosaurs or sports logos) on the back of paper placemats. In high school, I took a couple of architecture classes and thought that would be my artistic endeavor, but when I got to college at Ohio State, I quickly realized that wasn’t for me. I finally found my way into journalism, which was definitely not the “artistic” path I expected. I supplemented that with a graphic design minor and taught myself as much as I could on a pirated copy of Creative Suite and fell in love with that as a hobby. After graduating, I spent a few years in communications/public relations in a university athletic department but still itched for having more design responsibility. So I took a chance, accepted a graphic design internship at the ripe age of 26, and moved across the country from Ohio to Scottsdale, and the rest is history!

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m a full-time in-house graphic designer at a local company, so I create your classic design collateral such as handouts, print newsletters, website graphics, email blasts, marketing materials, etc. etc. On the side, I try to experiment with types of design I wouldn’t use in my everyday work life. Going back to my childhood, I love to create illustrations, both by hand or right in Illustrator. I also love to create logos even if they’re for some fake company.

I think for the most part my inspiration comes from my interests, whether it be Ohio State football, the TV show I’m currently binging, my new puppy, anything that means a lot to me. I also get a lot of inspiration from other creatives. Jon Contino, Elias Stein, Wild Giant, Prickly Pear Paper in Gilbert, my girlfriend and fellow designer, Kelley Dillon, there’s just too many to name.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
Yes and no. I don’t think the role of artists has necessarily changed because I think that as artists, we have always been responsible for capturing the issues and events of our time. However, I believe that with the rise of social media and the Internet, creatives have the platform to reach a larger audience and influence more people. I think this puts artists in an important position because consumers are influenced by art and design on a daily basis, even if it isn’t a conscious decision.

While I’ve definitely found myself scribbling a goofy drawing of our president with tiny hands and a necktie down to his ankles in my sketchbook, I haven’t ventured into sharing those things just yet!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
The best place to find me is either on Behance (behance.net/hawkins326) or on Instagram (@adamhawkins14), though my Instagram is currently being bombarded with pictures and videos of our new puppy, Louis.

I am available for freelance projects! It can be anything from branding/logo for a new company to an illustration of your dog. I’ll do my best to accommodate your vision.

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Image Credit:
Alaina Cherup and Kismet Visuals for the wedding bar sign photo

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