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Wow Me Wednesday: Jonathan Swinney

Posted by Jeffrey Thelin on

Hello and welcome to the first “Wow Me Wednesday” a weekly series in which I interview and feature artists who inspire me. Today I’ll be featuring Jonathan Swinney. Jonathan is an 18-year-old graphic designer from Texas. Although he’s most known for his graphic designs, he has his hands in a variety of creative fields including: illustration, branding, painting, and has recently been really enjoying video work.

Okay, let’s jump right into the Q&A!

Something I've always loved about Jonathan's work is his ability of maintaining an authentic, human touch to his pieces despite using a plethora of digital tools.

What tools do you use when creating your work?

I usually just use a sharpie thin tip pen. I start sketching / drawing on paper, then digitally scan it with the Adobe  Capture app, and then digitally modify with iPhone apps. All/Most of my Instagram artwork is made with an iPhone. For branding projects/videos I use photoshop, after effects, illustrator, or premiere.

What do you think the balance is between technology and analog when being creative?

I think you can really be creative with any medium. I personally use both digital and analog. Such as when taking photos, I prefer the look that film gives, the colors are crazier.

With hand-drawn art, you can't even emulate the look of it 100% digitally. Something about doing practical effects in real life.

What are your thoughts on the future of creativity, creating in the age of smartphones, and all of these new tools coming out?

I think it's awesome! I believe it equips us with more tools and ways to make and share art.

You are not limited to one medium, and new ones continuously are being created.

Did you always know you were an artist or designer?

I've been drawing before I could write or spell, and whenever I could, I would be making stuff on the computer program MS Paint. I had always wanted to a painter, or do something including art.

When I was about the age of 9, I started using Adobe Photoshop, and at the time Macromedia Flash (Now known as Adobe Animate), I would make little animations, and fake mockup logos.

I discovered that the job I wanted to do existed, so I started to do what I wanted to be doing at a young age. I never had a class teaching my how to do anything I do, I just sort of picked it up and started to do it.

All of my designs as a kid sucked by the way. Completely bad.  

That's a great story! Haha yeah, I always say you gotta make a lot of bad work before you make anything good. What is your dream for your next 5 years?

My dream for the next 5 years... That's a hard one to answer... I wanna keep creating something new, keep inspiring people, keep exploring new ways to be creative, continuously be in a position to meet new people, and travel more.

Who are some artists or designers that really inspire you?

@iamcued - this guy was one of the OG of the Instagram artist community way back in 2011, he was one of the guys that got me into mobile artwork.

@mephistooooo - Another fellow instagrammer, this guy's old username was illuminvtevision, love his abstract art.

@amongthepine - Fantastic colors and captures. Love how his photos look like they were taken years ago. Nostalgic.

@vaguespace - Love his wave edits. His page is an endless summer.

Any final quotes, mantras to inspire the readers?

"Oh, you should never, never doubt what nobody is sure about.

We are the music makers... and we are the dreamers of dreams."

Willy Wonka


A big thanks to Jonathan for making this a successful first "Wow Me Wednesday." 

If you'd like to see more of Jonathan's work you can find him on instagram at:

Or his website:

And thank you all so much for joining me! If you have any artists you think I should interview leave a comment below.

Until the end of the week you can get 10% off on any order in our shop at with the code "JonathanSwinney"

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