with Anthony Hurd- Freelance Designer,
Read the interview below to get
to know Anthony Hurd a little more.
CGShelf : Hi Anthony, could you
tell us a bit about yourself?
Anthony Hurd: Well
I'm a 32 year old artist/illustrator/designer/animator..
sort of jack of all trades. I live
in the desert area of Palm Springs
California. I've been in a wide
range of positions over the years.
I was part owner and vp of creative
of both exopolis.com and enjoygreenergrass.com.
Currently I'm represented by acme
film works for my commercial work.
CGShelf: What led to your interest
in Computer Graphics?
Anthony Hurd: Actually
I was forced to take a computer
corse in high school.. which I was
dreading. Ended up being one of
the best things for me. I started
in fine arts and at the time had
pretty much considered computers
as "cheeting".. haha. Within a month
of working on a old mac performa
I was hooked and ran out shortly
after and bought my own. That was
in 1994 and I haven't stopped since.
CGShelf: You’ve got a wide range
of skills in terms of Computer Graphics,
but which genere in this field is
close to your heart and why?
Hurd: Most definitely my
digital illustration work. I tend
to try and work it into most any
type of project in some way these
days. Though I'd say it's hard to
separate out one specific thing
knowing how closely tied each genere
is to each other.
software packages do you usually
use to create your magic?
I mainly work with Photoshop, illustrator,
after effects, and cinema 4d. Illustrator
is by far my most used application.
are the main advantages of freelancing?
The freedom of being self sustained
I guess. To maintain my life the
way I would like to live it. It
also allows me the freedom to work
on a really wide range of projects
with a evenly wide range of people.
I work just as much or more as I
did when working full time but it's
much more rewarding.
do you find new clients that are
interested in your services? Through
Ad Agencies? Design Studios? Friends?
Yes, yes, and yes. Sometimes
it's through friends, sometimes
it's random strangers that stumbled
across my site from someone else's.
Acme pushes my name for commercial
animation which in return often
shows them what else I can do..
Word gets around, I'll get linked
on some design sites from time to
time. I send out packages to all
of my clients and potential clients
each year keeping them updated with
everything I'm doing. It's really
a little bit of everything.
CGShelf: Which is one of the most
challenging projects you’ve ever
Anthony Hurd: Honestly
I can't narrow it down to one over
another. Some require me to stay
within the restrictions of a long
time existing brand and freshen
it up. Others ask that I show something
that they have never seen before.
Each project is different and each
one comes with it's own set of challenges.
other interesting projects have
Anthony Hurd: The recent
Adobe Interactive project was a
lot of fun, working with Blitz Agency.
The shirt I just finished for tank
theory, had a great time on that
one too. I have a lot of "interesting"
projects going on a the moment but
unfortunately can't speak much about
you working on any new personal
Anthony Hurd: At
the moment I am preparing for a
two man art show here in Palm Springs
in May of 08. It's my first show
in a couple of years and I'm really
excited to show the new work I've
been doing. These will all be my
acrylic and ink on wood and my acrylic
and pencil on watercolors which
you can find a few examples of on
advice would you give to prospective
Anthony Hurd: Do this because
you love it. There is no other way
to succeed in this field.
a lot for your time Anthony.