Success is really what it’s all about; success is what makes it all worth it. Featured today is Hudson Christie, a recent graduate of OCADU, who describes himself as part sculptor, part photographer, and part painter. He has received accolades such as the 2014 Medal in Illustration from his Alma Mater for his thesis, Work-Life Balance, and has worked with clients such as the NYT Book Review, Maisonneuve, and the Association of Registered Graphic Designers. However, the one we are going to shed some light on is his most recent accomplishment.
Hudson reached out to ESPN Magazine’s Photo Editor, Stephanie Weed, with an email promo that contained just one animated gif and was given the opportunity of a lifetime! ESPN loved his gif so much, that they extended him an offer to contribute to their Instagram page. The magazine typically uses animation to hype up the release of a new issue − regularly debuting the cover a few days before it hits newsstands.
We caught up with Hudson this week to discuss the major achievement and where he will go from here.
1. What are you going to do to promote this accomplishment?
I will proudly tout ESPN Magazine as a client whenever I can. The most important names always rise to the top of the client list, and never fail to get reactions out of people when you mention them in person.
2. What has guided you thus far in your career?
I’ve been in school at OCAD University in Toronto for the past four years, which has been the biggest guide in my experience as an artist. Now that I’ve graduated, I’ve been learning how to take the wheel and do most of the guiding on my own. I still lean on old professors and classmates when I need to!
3. How would you describe yourself as an artist?
I’m part-sculptor, part-photographer, and part-painter. I do all these things imperfectly but it comes together into something that I’m happy with: Gumby-like pictures with upsetting undertones.
4. What clients (past, present, future) best represent you and your work?
My collaboration with the New York Times Book Review resulted in some really satisfying work. They give artists a lot of freedom and the NYT really shines with talent.
Here’s a link to the browser version of Hudson Christie’s promo: http://bit.ly/1Cx7lZc
Lindsay has been with Agency Access for seven years. After a transition from Campaign Manager where she managed multiple client campaigns, she found her home as Marketing Manager. She enjoys working in the creative world and bringing her Public Relations background to the forefront.
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