Eric Peterson is a veteran cartoonist & artist who worked across a variety of industries and niches, through advertising & commercial art, and now as a independent artist. Eric has developed a signature style, based in abstraction and surrealism, and referencing silkscreen and printing techniques of centuries past.

Catch up with Eric and see some of his work on his Facebook page.

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Eric Peterson's artwork

Eric Peterson’s artwork

Eric Peterson's artwork

Eric Peterson’s artwork

Eric Peterson's artwork

Eric Peterson’s artwork

Eric Peterson's artwork

Eric Peterson’s artwork

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Eric drawing a character, without formal sketching

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“A true artist does things that are organic or abstract.”

—Eric Peterson

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“There's something that happens in spontaneity that lends a huge visual aspect that fine-tuning just doesn't have.”

—Eric Peterson

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“Coffee and drawing is perfect.”

—Eric Peterson

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Tools

  • Drafting table
  • India Ink
  • No. 2 or No. 4 Watercolor brush
  • Japanese brush pens
  • Red photo pencil

Techniques

  • Allow the writing to lead the art, as well as the art lead the writing
  • Take a break — perhaps even months or years
  • Keep your pencil sketching loose, let the inking process take the lead
  • Procrastinate on purpose, to take meaningful break
  • Embrace creative distraction

Habits

  • Sketch ideas as they pop into your head, don’t let them vanish
  • Wake up with coffee and enjoy the rituals of all its sensory aspects
  • Carry a sketchbook at all times!

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Prescott Perez-Fox is a New York-based graphic designer and brand developer with 17+ years experience in branding, packaging, graphic design, and web design. He runs The Busy Creator.

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