1. A Mover and a Maker: An Interview with Paul Anders

    Written by megangex | July 22, 2014


    When: Friday, August 1, 2014

    Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm
    Check-in begins at 6:00pm. Doors close at 6:45pm.

    Place: Tillamook Station, 665 N Tillamook Street, PDX 97227

    Cost: $5 suggested donation at signup

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    Our August sketchXchange features Paul Anders—a ball of animated energy, impressive drive, and persistent curiosity. As an illustrator turned graphic designer turned interactive designer turned motion graphics artist, there is nothing he can’t do in the digital space. (And his diverse portfolio can prove it.) Last week we interrupted his month-long hiatus from the freelance whirlwind for a chat about this artistic process, paintings, and career progression. 

    Like most of us, Anders had always been an illustrator. He was that kid in class who was caught doodling super heroes and characters. It wasn’t until he picked up a copy of Communications Arts that he realized he could turn his talents into a career.



    Anders landed in Portland during an exciting time for design. It was the early 1990s, just before the boom of the Internet. His first industry job was creating advertisements for the Yellow Pages using programs such as Photoshop II and Illustrator 98. This was his introduction to print design, creating anything from ten original logo designs or spot illustrations each day.

    Together with a group of design friends, he went knocking on the doors of CyberSight, a creative agency that would later be known as Nine Dots. Here, Anders was introduced to interactive design at a time when the Internet was teaming with immersive experiences. Anders quickly became an expert at designing elaborate online spaces for Adidas and Nike as well as web games for Captain Crunch.

    With the introduction of broadband Internet, Anders saw the opportunity to reinvent himself once again. The industry was moving away from interactive experiences and into video and he seized the moment by moving into animation. Working as a senior art director at Razorfish, he decided to build their motion graphics department. The robustness of Adobe After Effects allowed Anders to combine his unique interactive design style with linear storytelling. He developed a quirky, collage-like style that was gobbled up by clients.


    BeerWest Magazine from Panders.tv on Vimeo.

    This transition also allowed him to collaborate with other artists and revisit his own illustration skills. He has worked with the likes of Ty Mattson and Dan Stiles on professional and personal projects, helping bring their artwork to life through animation.

    Today, as a full-time freelancer Anders can see an entire video project from start to finish. He plays the role of illustrator, filling out the storyboards with his own sketches. Then he can transition into the animator role—setting his original graphics into motion.


    Dexter - Alternate Title Sequence Featuring Ty Mattson and Fashionbuddha from Panders.tv on Vimeo.

    While his career path follows a logical progression with the advances in technology, Anders still finds time leave the screen for his sketchbook or easel. In fact, he is currently taking a break from freelance and hitting his home studio for a month of personal projects.

    WeMake: Where do you find influence? 

    PA: Everyone can name their specific influences—an artist they admire. Sure I have those, but I love looking through my Instagram or Vimeo feed. I follow a lot of great people and that’s where I get really excited about the work. I get to see what people are doing right now.

    WeMake: Your sketch blog and paintings are in stark contrast with your client work. What does this artistic outlet offer?

    PA: It’s important to get away from client work. I like to push myself to do art for me. I don’t do it for anyone else, or for outside motivation. It’s like meditation. And it’s where I can experiment and try out different ideas.




    WeMake: You create a lot of portraits. Who are your subjects?

    PA: I would say they are more like imaginary self-portraits. I want them to come across as a narrative, but you never quite know what the story is. I want people to have questions in their minds.

    WeMake: Why do you make?

    PA: I guess it’s an itchy drive—almost like a sickness that is constantly there. I just have to do something.  

    Come meet Paul Anders and hear about his excitingly diverse career! He’ll be showcasing his animation process as well as his sketchbooks and inspiration. You’ll be in for an energetic night! 

    When: Friday, August 1, 2014

    Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm
    Check-in begins at 6:00pm. Doors close at 6:45pm.

    Place: Tillamook Station, 665 N Tillamook Street, PDX 97227

    Cost: $5 suggested donation at signup

    RSVP on Eventbrite

    #sketchxchange #wemakepdx #wemake #pdxart #pdxevent #paulanders

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  2. WeMake 2014 Put A Bird In It Makers + WeMake Celebrates

    Written by cre8tivegirl | July 21, 2014


    We are excited to contribute to this year’s Design Week Portland with two of our events that will be closing off the week’s festivities at Leftbank Annex a special sketchXchange and WeMake Celebrates.

    SAVE THE DATE! Friday Night, October 10th, 2014

    Festivities will include:

    • sXc with the talented illustrator, pattern designer, author, and painter Lisa Congdon 
    • Put A Bird In It— Auction and fundraiser to raise money for arts and music education, with special guest auctioneer Mr. Andrew Dickson
    • Live silkcreening, brought to you by Golden Rule Design
    • Performances by School of Rock
    • Maker activities
    • Cornhole. (What?!)

    Please join us in our efforts to support arts and music education and to celebrate the design and art community of Portland.

    And now, A BIG THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS to these folks for being selected to this year’s Put A Bird In It. YAY!

    Aaron Zurcher  & Joe Carolino

    Adidas, William Smith

    Alex DeSpain

    Antler Gallery, Neil Perry

    Anton Kimball Design

    Amy Ruppel

    Blaine Fontana

    Bowen Ames

    Brian Madden & Kelso Davis

    Brooke Weeber

    BT Livermore

    Case of Bass

    Chris Haberman

    Cinco Design

    Copious, Kyle Hinze

    Design Vessel - Mark Soasey + Eric Delph

    Dan Christofferson - Beeteeth

    Dave Selden, 33 Books

    Dominic DeVenuta

    Dorey Design GroupPaul Fasel

    Emily KatzAdam Porterfield

    Eric Gardner- Grey Built

    Eric Reigert

    Erik Johnson-Hankbuilt

    Evolve Collaborative

    FIX Studio


    HERENOW Creative

    Halle Cisco

    Henry Gibson

    Hub Collective



    Jennifer Parks

    Jerry Blazek

    Jesse Beam

    Jessica Swift

    Jill Dryer

    Jody Dunphy & Heather Bromer

    Jon James StatonAlexandria Cummings 

    Keith Carter

    Kevin Murphey



    Leo Zarosinski


    Lisa Congdon

    Lisa Hildebrant

    Lizzie Falkenstein & Ryan Everson


    Magneto, Craig Opfer

    Mairwen Eslinger

    Martin French

    Maryanna Hoggatt

    Matt Houlemard

    Matthew Peterson

    Matthew Ross

    MC LaserLabs

    Michael Welch & Paul Oppliger

    Mitchell Snyder & vitrifiedstudio 


    Morgaine Faye

    Nate Fasser

    Nike, Damion Triplett 

    Nell & Mary 

    NEMO Design

    Nina Berry 

    OMFG Co.

    Paul Anders

    ProtoPlant makers of Proto-pasta

    Rally Group

    Revive Upholstery Design

    Revolution Design House

    Rory Phillips

    Santiago Uceda

    Scott Erwert

    Scout Books

    Scrappers - Stay Wild

    Sean Garrison



    Thomas Adcock

    #wemake #wemakecelebrates #putabirdinit #dwpdx

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  3. Recap: sXc with Illustrator and Poster Designer Dan Stiles

    Written by chloeameliam | July 6, 2014


    On a rainy spring evening, it was a packed house at Tillamook Station to hear the talented Dan Stiles talking about his illustrative process, designing for print, and the poster design culture. Dan brought posters, fabric, and book designs showcasing the variety of clientele he works with and how he applies his distinct style to an array of concepts.




    It truly was a treat interviewing Dan and learning about his career!

    Take a look at the recap video and check out more photos on our Flickr page.


    WeMake | Dan Stiles from WeMakePDX on Vimeo.

    Many thanks to Ethan Allen Smith for photographing the event, and to Robert Woodward and Spencer Groshong for the recap video!

    #wemakepdx #sketchxchange #posterdesign #gigposters #tillamookstation #danstiles #portland #portlandart

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