It’s our pleasure to introduce Tim Hastings, the winner of mike’s HARDER Jamaican Lemonade and an awesome freelance illustrator / graphic designer. Tim attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where he was an ambitious graphic design student. After graduating, he founded MindKillerINK, his personal brand and website where you can experience his incredible art. When he isn’t working on growing his business Tim can be found indulging in all kinds of art, including martial arts, video games, and music. Click here if you would like to see the development of his winning piece for mike’s HARDER Jamaican Lemonade.
Tell us about yourself, personally and creatively.
My name is Tim Hastings I am a freelance illustrator / graphic designer (MindkillerINK). Since creating MindkillerINK I have had the pleasure of working with over 200 bands and brands around the world helping them succeed with their dreams by providing quality designs at affordable prices. Along with my business and art side I enjoy martial arts of all types, primarily, japanese weaponry. I also like video games, heavy metal music, and other various things.
What brought you to the Zooppa community?
I was invited by a Zooppa staff member to partake in the contest, after he had viewed my Behance profile.
What do you like most about crowdsourced design contests?
I like the competition of crowdsourcing contests. Many of my fellow graphic designers and illustrators see crowdsourced contests as a negative application of skills, because of “free work, unless you win”, but I see them more as advertising. Advertising for the client, and also advertising for the artist that submits. Along with advertising, there is obviously the cash prizes, and clients that typically don’t commission work otherwise, so it is a chance to get new clients, and diversify the portfolio.
Name 3 artists that have influenced your work.
I can name ten haha. I have always been influenced by Van Gogh, and Jackson Pollock the most with core fundamentals of abstract design in general. The other eight would be Matt Gondek, Godmachine, Dan Mumford, Alex Pardee, Joshua Andrew Belanger, Palehorse, Grindesign, and Coki Greenway. They have all influenced me in one way or another, some being as simple as color palette choices, and some as far as incorporation into my own personal style.
Where do / did you go to school? How has your education influenced your graphic design / illustration ?
I attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and received a Bachelor of Science degree in graphic design, with the best portfolio of my graduating class, and other high honors such as the Thomas J. Rudy award presented by the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators. How has my education influenced my graphic design / illustration? Well I earned my degree in graphic design, so it was the foundation of that, but illustration was harnessed via my own relentless work. While attending school I always maintained at least 3 freelance projects at a time, on top of classes and other activities. Eventually amassing a client list of four pages, and creating an opportunity to work for my self.
What is your favorite medium to create with?
Ink (it’s in the name, MindkillerINK), but also now digital inking with the use of a Wacom, and Photoshop CS6.
Where can we find you on a Saturday afternoon?
Most likely sleeping – if by afternoon you mean 12:00pm – perks of working for yourself.
Choose 5 words to describe your art.
Intense, Abstract, Clean, Dark, Conceptual
What projects are you currently working on?
Currently as of this month, I have worked on a number of things ranging from some longboards from a company in Canada, skateboards from a company in Brazil, and T-shirts and Album art for bands all around, mainly California.
What drew you to participate in this campaign? i.e. – did the brief catch your attention, the prize money, the love for the brand?
Like in question 2, I was asked to participate via a Zooppa staff member / scout. Other than that the prize money, and client, was the motivation.
What is one piece of advice you would give to your fellow Zooppa community members?
When creating a piece that is crowdsourced, which often leads to “popular voting”, social media is the key. After of course spending hours of time, and creating a piece that you think is your best at that given time.
10 years from now where will we see you and your art?
I see everything being the same really, just with (hopefully) more large high budget clients on my list, and better, more fine tuned art. I aim to destroy everything in my portfolio with the next piece.
Link us to any work / a portfolio that you would like mentioned.
Society 6 http://society6.com/MindkillerINK