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INTERVIEW: Marshall Arisman

Updated: Sep 18, 2020

The interview was originally done in 2009 as research for an artist profile entitled Content-Driven Approach featured in my book Art Revolution: Alternative Approaches for Fine Artists and Illustrators originally published by North Light Books, an imprint of F+W Media Inc. For purchasing a recent copy of Art Revolution, contact Penguin Random House

“Over the years, I've had the privilege to speak with Marshall Arisman not only about his creative process and approach but also about the industry at large. His work, words and insights are an inspiration to us all.”

What has always impressed me the most about Marshall is his ability to work from a place that is genuine and authentic, inspiring many to follow that same path. Throughout the interview, entrepreneurialism and authorship abound: an approach that has allowed Arisman to create a multifaced career as a painter, illustrator, author and teacher. He also discusses storytelling, playing music, making videos as well as chairing a department, teaching and his approach to working with students in the MFA illustration program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Most importantly, Arisman talks about his subjects, work in series and his unique process and approach and how it has evolved over the years. “Follow the work”, says Arisman. In three simple words, he reminds us all of the importance of letting our work guide us to where it needs to go.

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