Interview with Illustration West 54 Judge: Lauren Panepinto
- You are involved in a number of creative projects both at and away from work, including serving on this year’s Illustration West jury. What motivates you to be so deeply involved? Do these pay off financially or in other ways?
I feel very strongly about good communities. I really don’t like the art communities where the norm is to hide your notes, not help each other, make it look like everything you did was effortless. I think it’s much more productive to share with each other and nurture young talent. Competition can be good, but it should be honest competition where you are awed and inspired by your peers, not secretive and jealous. When I see artists sharing their time and helping each other, I am immediately inspired to do the same. As a Creative Director and Art Director, I have a lot of knowledge that artists don’t know but can absolutely use to further their careers. It feels like a duty to make sure I share as much as I can with them.
- In recent years there has been a big push for the representation and equality of women in the illustration world. What would your ideal world look like for women illustrators in the next few years?
- You see a lot of submissions fly through your inbox. What makes you click on one and not another?
- You are the Creative Director at Orbit Books, but you also wear the Art Director hat quite well and quite often. Could you tell us what some of the differences and overlap are between the roles of Art Director and Creative Director?
- If your personality was a beverage/cocktail, what would it be?