Where does your biggest inspirations come from?
Humans. I am always drawing people. I have become a very observant person, and I am at such awe over how different everyone is. Not one person looks alike. It is such a beautiful thing, and I try my best to recreate it on paper.
Tell me about the inspiration you had when you created these three particular illustrations.
I am inspired by fashion ads I see in magazines or online. I saw pictures that were similar to what I created and made them into my own. The painting was for an assignment in my still life painting class. The only rule was it had to be personal items. The hat is a gift from my mom and the bag and camera were my great grandpa’s.
What historical or current art movement do you think your work resembles the most?
I would say that in these three pieces my art resembles the comeback of the 60s. Right now in fashion and music, the 60s are coming back. The fashion and style of these pieces are inspired by that era, as is my life.
Have there been any personal icons that have inspired your unique illustration style? And why?
Ed Templeton is one of my biggest inspirations. I always loved to draw but never knew how I could make a career out of that. Then I found Toy Machine and Ed Templeton. He is the creator of Toy Machine and he creates most of the art for the company. He is not only an amazing artist, but an amazing guy. I aspire to have a career and life like his.
What is the one thing you wish you knew when you first started illustrating?
Honestly, nothing. It was really fun going into a career that I didn’t know much about. It let me not be constrained by an idea of what I thought it was. I had fresh eyes to the whole industry and I have learned so much and still have so much more to learn, it is really exciting.
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE,
a freelance fashion writer, poet,
photographer and abstract visual content producer.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University, where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column For
The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first of 25 Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University. And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early. Bringing him to four degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for nearly a decade, from commercial retail management to corporate level ghost writing. Now - he the poet - T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent launch of the urban California lifestyle based fashion-art movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.