Thursday, July 2, 2015

Pop Culture Menace: The Wondrous World of Illustrator Andrew Heath

I first encountered illustrator Andrew Heath at Heroes Con this year. His booth was festooned with charming pop culture and video game prints, each cooler than the one before it. While he was busy making a sale, I grabbed one of his business cards. On the back it read "Please Redeem For One Free High Five." Sadly, I never got a chance to take him up on this offer in person. Thankfully, when I asked him if we could feature his art on the blog, I got the biggest high five of all when he said yes.

Here's his official bio:
Andrew Heath is a graphic designer and illustrator currently located in Lexington, KY. In 2012, he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts at the University of Kentucky, but has been designing professionally long before then. Mainly specializing in minimal designing, he likes to keep his work clean, simple and concise, while at the same time having a bold impact on the viewer.
Unofficially, Andrew claims to be a cheeseburger connoisseur. Also, his favorite movie is Ghostbusters and he has seen it approximately 150 times. When I asked what he thought of Ghostbusters 2, he emphatically responded, "If you don't like Ghostbusters 2, you're wrong.  Ghostbusters is my all time favorite movie and it's always great to get to get to have more time with those characters.  I mean, it's a good movie and it's fun, so I don't know why there's so much negativity towards it.  Any time I run into someone who dislikes Ghostbusters 2, I always ask the question, 'Well…Would you rather there not be a Ghostbusters 2 at all?'  That usually eases them up on the movie."

Despite creating a good bit of Pokemon related art, Andrew claims not to have played Pokemon in quite some time. When pressed for choosing a preferred starter, he answers, "I think that I always went with Bulbasaur.  Probably because he was green and that was my favorite color." A particularly clever segment of Andrew's art deals with video game food charts and the digestive tracts of characters. When I asked him to explain why Mario is chubby while Luigi is svelte despite, according to his artwork, having the same diet, he explains, "That's actually a good point, I do work a lot with the eating habits of video game characters! I think Mario is fat because that's the stereotype of plumbers. Luigi is just thin because I guess that had to make him differ from Mario."

Aside from working on his own projects, Andrew has done a lot of work for major corporations such as H&R Block and US Bank. He is also the go to designer for fun, geeky outlets such as Loony Labs, The Nerdy Bomb, and Cincinnati Comic Con.

If you want to explore more of Andrew Heath's art on your own, I suggest his Website, Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook. You can also buy prints and other fun stuff in his Shop.

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