Eddie Perrote is a prolific and distinctive illustrator and designer, his creativity currently emanating from Brooklyn. His high-contrast colourways are to be envied and his resume reads like All The Best Things You Can Possibly Hope To Do As An Illustrator.
He’s got an amazing body of work, several awards under his belt and has worked with some of the coolest brands around. This isn’t the picture of a wallflower who waits for things to happen to him, nor someone who is afraid of hard work. We wanted to find out a little more about this exciting artist, to learn what makes him tick, and get his perspective on his own work…
1. As a Wisconsin chap, what are your best and worst things about living in Brooklyn?
How convenient the city is as a whole, as well as how late everything stays open. Worst is probably having to go to the post office.
2. What type of artwork do you like to have in your own home?
I enjoy having artwork of friends almost entirely, but I also keep a large stash of art books and small zines to flip through.
3. You’ve achieved some amazing goals and won so many awards for your work. For you what has been the best experiences and achievements in your career so far?
I just recently finished a 6 week design residency at Facebook which was a pretty great experience. It was a great way to spend time digging into making work that I was really engaged with and excited by, while working with major client.
4. What are you reading at the moment / what is on your nightstand right now (books, hand cream, sketchbook?)
I’m currently reading a signed copy of Shock Value by John Waters at a friends house.
5. You are so prolific and dynamic with your work, whilst always retaining your identifiable style. What got you making in the first place and what inspires you now?
I’ve always been drawing and doodling since I was a kid, but I got into making art in High School when I wanted to start screen printing t-shirts. The things that keep me inspired are pretty much all over the place, friend’s artwork, work I see, things I observe, but I think it all comes back to the endless possibilities that art making has.
6. Coffee or tea?
Coffee and tea.
7. You work over a broad spectrum in a multitude of disciplines – what are your absolute essential studio materials?
My absolute essentials are a sketchbook and some pens, maybe a brush and ink too.
8. If you’re having a bad day, what do you do to cheer yourself up?
I usually try to get out of the studio, go skate or take a walk around the neighborhood.
9. What are you working on at the moment?
I just finished my residency at Facebook, so I’m going to get started on a new set of paintings once I’m back in New York.
10. What’s your perfect Sunday?
My perfect Sunday is probably coffee and drawing followed by some skating and beers with friends before an early movie and bed.