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Hanging out with Nick Lu

Summer’s been on everyone’s mind while working on our most recent wallet series. For Los Angeles-based artist Nick Lu, it meant swimming deep into the heart of the ocean. We took some time to ask this Art Center grad whose work has been seen in the New Yorker, The Globe and Mail, American Illustration and many more a few more things about his work and his passions. Read on:

If you only had three words to describe Nick Lu, what three words would those be?
Positive, creative, sporty

How did you discover your love for illustration?
I’ve been drawing since I was a kid, so it’s been a pretty organic process.

Could you share your favorite illustrations (of any kind). How did they make it on the “favorite list”?
Anything with a cool idea catches my eye, I don’t really care too much about style.

What or who are your current inspirations?
Polish book covers, Tatsuro Kiuchi, Michael Swaney, Gary Panter.

If you had one dream project, what would it be?
Something with a huge circulation, like stamps or currency; collaboration with fashion brand; more editorial illustrations for major magazines would be nice.

Could you tell us a little bit about your wallet design for Poketo? How did you come up with it and what’s going on in the scene?
Hm… let’s see, it was so awesome Angie gave me total freedom on this one (thanks Angie!). I think it was one day a friend asked me what new things would I want to try, I said scuba diving, and we talked about how cool it would be and the fear of being so deep under water, that’s where the image came from.

What a great way to spend a summer day! Thanks for chatting, Nick!

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