Featured Artist: Jay Fleck

unnamed-2Meet Jay Fleck, a sophisticated artist with an eye for bold and imaginative design. Whether this week’s featured artist is hanging out with his two kids or his pet Weimaraner named Lily, Jay is most likely taking inspiration from his surroundings to formulate some of his offbeat-yet-smile-inducing prints. Take a look at his interview with BoomBoom Prints to get inspired:

BBP: Describe your style in 5 words or less:

Jay: Bold, colorful, modern and classic.

BBP: What is your creative process like?

Jay: I’m constantly looking for inspiration. I’ll see something­ out shopping, online, in a dream, anywhere at anytime and then I’ll create a rough sketch based on that. From there I go onto the computer and make the magic happen.

BBP: Do you always work from the same a spot­ a studio, a particular desk, etc.­ or do you move around?

Jay: I’m usually at my desk. But I’ve been doing more and more work from my laptop, so pretty much anywhere.

BBP: How has your style changed over the years?

Jay: I think in many ways it’s stayed the same­ the colors, keeping things simple, etc­ none of that has changed. I think now I do more work that is cute and whimsical, though.

BBP: Tell us about the colors you use­ how do you choose them, what inspires them?

Jay: I like blues, aquas and complimentary reds and oranges. They just look good.

BBP: Did you always know that you wanted to design for kids and families?

Jay: Not really­ – at first I wanted to do very simple, geometric illustration work. That felt limiting after awhile, so I tried imparting more character into my work, more personality.

BBP: Do you think art is important for kids? Why?

Jay: Yes, extremely important. Art is about creativity, and creativity is the basis for every great discovery and innovation mankind has ever made. Art is way undervalued in our society.

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Jay: I’d have to say “Big Mama”. The elephant is just such a happy “mother” to the chicks, and yet they’re obviously so different. Being a parent is what inspired it.

BBP: Do you have kids? Tell us about them!

Jay: I have a five year old boy, Owen. And a seven year old daughter, Audrey.

­BBP: How did you decorate their nursery?

Jay: I like to keep things fairly minimal. A nice bold paint color on the wall, some shelves (not too many) and just other essential items. You don’t need to use or display every gift and knick­knack that people give to you.

BBP: What was the most surprising thing about having children?

Jay: Honestly there wasn’t much that surprised me. I knew what I was getting into.

BBP: Any advice for new moms or dads?

Jay: Always, always be patient. Every other parent goes through the same things. It’s not just you who thinks your child might be defective.

BBP: Do you have any pets?

Jay: Yep, a 12 year old dog, a Weimaraner named Lily. The sweetest, most loyal dog there ever was.

BBP: Where did you grow up?

Jay: I grew up in a suburb south of Chicago.

BBP: What was your most prized possession as a kid? Tell us about it!

Jay: I was big into action figures. I’d probably say He­Man’s Castle Grayskull­, I have fond memories of it. I still remember receiving it as a gift, and can picture unwrapping it.

BBP: What did your room look like growing up?

Jay: A lot of toys­: Star Wars, GI Joes, He­man, Transformers, all that good stuff that was popular during my childhood.

BBP: Are you usually late, early, or right on time?

Jay: I’m early, always early. I sometimes wait outside parties and events because you never want to be too early.

BBP: Beach or mountains?

Jay: Beach. While I love being outdoors and would be happy in the mountains, I freakin’ love the beach.

BBP: Pencil or pen?

Jay: Pencil. Pen is way too permanent. I’m always going back and updating and refining things.

BBP: Coffee or tea?

Jay: Coffee. Every day starts with coffee.

BBP: Polka dots or stripes?

Jay: Stripes. Polka dots are tacky.
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