Chris Rawding is a professional designer and illustrator from Massachusetts. A relative newcomer to pinup, he has a cool, vintage, illustrated military style, and I am sure we will see lots of great work from him in the future.
How long have you been doing pinup and how did you get started?
I’ve been a freelance illustrator for over 15 years but only recently have I come onto the pinup scene. I’ve always had a passion for pinup art.
How did you stumble upon your unique style?
Years of trial & error. My full time job as a designer for a small screen printing shop keeps my pretty busy so it’s always a nice escape when I’m able to work on pinups & other illustrations.
Who has been your biggest creative influence?
Hands down my biggest influence as an artist has always been the great Frank Frazetta.
Who is your fav artists at the moment?
There are so many incredibly talented artist out there but two of my fav. right now are Adam Huges and Mike Mignola.
How do you overcome those times when the creative spirit has left the building?
The best way for me to spark a dull creative flame is to pop in one of my fav. DVDs. Braveheart, Gladiator and Jaws to name a few.
What do you do when you are not doing pinup art? What is a day in the life of Chris Rawding like?
My life pretty much revolves around design work. When I’m not designing @ my full time job or freelancing I’ll be spending it with my two boys.
Most inspirational food, drink, other? What has to be on the desk at all times for you to get into the flow?
Two things are always @ hand when I’m working….. Classical music and lots of coffee.
What does the future hold for you? What are you working on next?
I wish I knew what the future holds. As a freelance illustrator you can only hope for lots and lots of work. The beauty of being an illustrator is you never know what exciting projects will be coming your way.
Is there any promotional/marketing advice you would like to offer to other artists?
Self promotion is an absolute must. there is so much competition in today’s market. So promote, promote & promote again.
What words of advice would you give to someone just starting out as an artist/pinup artist?
Work, work and work and most importantly don’t be afraid to fail.
Facebook: Rawding illustration & design. Stop on by & give me a “like” if you see what you like.
Special projects you want to mention?
Always available for freelance work or commissions.