Today we’d like to introduce you to Angelo Outlaw.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Hello there! I’m a graphic designer and web developer by trade, and I am the current President of AIGA San Diego. I also moonlight as a letterpress printer and illustrator. I’ve always liked building things, from cars to aquariums, to origami. Especially things that required patience and time. I started school at SDSU with every intention of becoming an aeronautical engineer, but along the way I decided to get my degree in art with an emphasis in graphic design. This left me with an eclectic knowledge base and gave me a lot of opportunities to explore my creative side, and allowed my art to be spread over a wide variety of mediums.
Please tell us about your art.
I admire art that requires patience, repetition, precision and accuracy, and I think my own work often reflects that. I have always liked the tactile feel of paper, and enjoy making things on it and with it. This is primarily what attracted me to the mediums of letterpress and hand lettering, which also go hand-in-hand. You can hand letter something, and then actually press it into paper with the press to make something even better!
Most recently, I hand lettered a single letter A with a space theme thinking I would just do the one letter as an experiment. But a friend challenged me to do the whole alphabet using the same theme. That’s how space-abet project was born. It became a really fun challenge to combine the shape of each letter with complimentary subject matter following the same theme. I never intended to make the letters into a poster, so I was very pleasantly surprised when I realized that the letters all fit together with an unexpected rhythm.
I have also enjoyed making tongue-in-cheek greeting cards that were a refreshing break from the typical organic designs you see applied to letterpress. The goal has always been to have fun, experiment, and do what feels good. In following that, I have made some pretty cool stuff along the way!
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Being an artist can be tough. Sharing your work makes you vulnerable in a way. There is always a fear of being rejected or ignored by the creative community if you put yourself out there, and that can be very lonely. But connecting with other artists is incredibly rewarding.
Reach out to artists that you admire. Engage with them on social media, or write them a direct email. You will be surprised at how many of them will respond directly to you and take an interest in your work. Do this a few times, and you quickly build your own network of like-minded artists and creatives. It can be intimidating to write that first email, but in my own experience I have found the artistic community to be incredibly supportive and friendly.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
The best way for people to see what I am creating and to support my work is to follow me on Instagram at @omgangelo. I also have an Etsy shop where some of the things I’ve made are available for purchase.
- Website: www.designoutlaw.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @omgangelo
- Other: https://www.etsy.com/