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Conversations with the Inspiring Avery Beason

Today we’d like to introduce you to Avery Beason.

Avery, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Growing up in the country I was always surrounded by nature. I would spend most of my time playing outside of the course and drawing anything that stood out to me. Animals, flowers, trees were the things I liked to draw the most. Art quickly became more than my hobby, I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I was lucky enough to have been able to go to SCAD in 2013. Going in as a graphic designer and then majoring in Illustration. Throughout my college years, I experimented in a lot of different forms of illustration. Watercolor and color pencil were my favorite. I did everything traditionally because I think I was scared to re-learn a skill digitally. I knew I was good at traditional media so I just stuck to that for the majority of my time there. I think it was my junior year I finally took a digital illustration class and it definitely change the way I worked and looked at art forever. Now, I would say 90 percent of my work is digital. I just love the different effects you can get without getting out a bunch of different materials. I draw everything from my iPad pro so it’s easy for me to travel and work. Funny enough, my work now is still primarily based on similar subject matter that I would draw as a kid. I work full time designing t-shirts for various companies and I am also able to do freelance in my spare time. Whether it’d be a mural filled with florals, advertisement work or branding for a logo design, I love being able to work with different people and make their vision come to life.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Coming out of college and finding a job that I loved was a bit difficult. With my first job, I went in thinking that it was my dream job. I was doing product design, working with huge companies and learning A LOT. But after a couple of months, I would wake up and not feel excited about going anymore which is normal I suppose. In my mind though, I always wanted to be passionate about what I was doing, I wanted to be surrounded by positive people and be in a good environment. If you are going to be spending 5 out of 7 days a week somewhere, make sure that that place brings you happiness or it will start to change you as a person. Above money or anything else, my happiness is what comes first. I was able to learn a lot about working in the industry which leads me to my current job. I would advise anyone who is looking for a job to make sure that you feel comfortable in the environment and the people you work with because those are the people who you are going to be surrounded with the most.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Twin Oaks Design story. Tell us more about the business.
I love taking inspiration from nature. So, that includes color palettes, florals, leave, etc. In my personal work, I draw mostly botanical things and that’s what I would like to be known for. I draw mostly realistically but I like to throw in some abstract backgrounds or bold colors to set my work apart from other designs that are on the market.

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
I love listening to creative pep talk by Andie J. He is also an illustrator and gives great advice weekly on his podcast. It helps me get out of any artist blocks I have.

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