Illustrator Kevin House: ‘Life is too interesting and projects are too varied to stay in one visual comfort zone’

Kevin House is a digital illustrator and logo designer based in Victoria BC. He has over 28 years’ experience in the design and illustration fields. After spending years in top-level design studios and advertising agencies in Vancouver and Victoria, since 2006 he has been running a successful freelance illustration business with clients from around the globe.

Kevin is an early adopter of Affinity Designer and you may already recognise his work from our Affinity Designer Workbook. In this interview, he tells us more about himself, his typical working week and his proudest moment so far.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Kevin House aka Kevin Creative or Retrograde on the Affinity forum. I’m an illustrator living on the west coast of Canada. I work from a small, home-based studio. I primarily work in digital vector and I am also an award-winning logo designer. I love where I live, I’m surrounded by easily accessible nature and a vibrant community which feeds and inspires my work.

You have over 28 years’ experience. What originally made you want to become an illustrator?

I have been drawing since I was a kid. I’ve always enjoyed creating my own personal version of reality starting first with pencil and charcoal (that sounds so ancient) then progressing to paint and finally to a full digital workflow in the 90’s.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Besides the satisfaction of a successfully completed piece, I enjoy the journey a project can bring. The journey of discovery from the first initial thumbnail idea right through to the final client approved illustration or logo. Often that journey can take a few sideways tangents that will either take you to a nice surprise or take you to a challenge you weren’t expecting, but ultimately once overcome takes you to a higher level of satisfaction having made it through and feeling the better for it.

How would you define your style?

One thing that makes me a bit different I suppose is that I don’t really stick to one specific style. Life is too interesting, and projects are too varied to stay in one ‘visual comfort zone’. I like to mix it up, to keep things fresh and I enjoy the challenge that comes with that. There are certain commonalities that do occur or crossover in some of my work, but I don’t intentionally set out to stay on any particular path style-wise. Having said that, I am recognised somewhat for my isometric work, but again even within that I would argue there are varying stylistic differences.

What would you say is your proudest moment so far in your career?

I had the opportunity a few years back to design the official logos for the New York Racing Program’s Belmont Stakes event three years in a row. The race, if you’re not familiar, is a part of the annual American Triple Crown national circuit which includes The Preakness and the Kentucky Derby horse races as well. Quite a prestigious and highly visible exposure for my work. One of my three logos even presided over the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. It’s always a special thing to get an opportunity to play on a national stage like that, but really any time any of

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