Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Aaron’s illustrations are characterized by his precise and delicate lines, and he also enjoys using silk-screening and watercolour techniques in his commercial work. He starts out on paper, with a practised outline in brush or pen, and then turns to the computer to add colour, resulting in subtle yet methodical illustrations.
Creative capsule Aaron McConomy
Here is our 9th CREATIVE CAPSULE. This month, we invite you to meet Aaron McConomy, one of the most faithful illustrators of the clinic since many years. Aaron is an artist in the soul, he likes finding and interpreting strong and unique ideas in his creations. He got his own mark and he excels in the editorial domain and many others. Good meeting with the mysterious and charming Aaron.
Describe your creative lab in a few words?
In two sentences, how would you describe your work technique?
I put blobs of color on paper and convince people they look like something
What is the project of which you are most proud of?
I wouldn’t want to make the other projects jealous by picking a favorite.
What are your favourite colors to create?
I would very much like to create new colors but it is very hard to imagine what they would look like. Having only 8 colors to work with can be very frustrating.
Why did you become an artist?
I decided when i was pretty little. Drawing was always what i was good at. It was either this or a lucrative career in poking things with sticks.
In four words, how would you describe your style of illustration?
Line, color, line, repeat
What is the project of your dreams?
The New Yorker cover. Well, the front cover. I did the back cover once but it doesn’t count.
What does a typical day in the life of Aaron looks like?
I lay in bed and draw. It is a very difficult way to make a living.
What inspires you?
Process. It’s not where you start it’s where you go.
What is your favourite blog or website?
The Positive Side Magazine (CATIE organization)
Aaron McConomy surprised us with a graphic approach for this estival collaboration with the Positive Side Magazine published by the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange which mission is to provide with up-to-date and unbiased information about HIV and hepatitis C. This illustration was created for a feature on the current state of a search for an HIV cure. However, Aaron stays true to himself with his color palette combining sobriety and brightness.
Report on Business Magazine
For an article about social media, Aaron McConomy illustrates different small graphic illustrations representing the social media tactics of 6 companies featured in the text.
The Maple Celebration
Spring is almost there and maple is already in the place of honor in Quebec! La fête de l'érable 2012/ maple celebration event 2012 organized by Quebec Maple Producers took place on March 4th in Montréal. Aaron McConomy was chosen to create for the occasion, a series of illustrations: a cauliflower, a rosemary herb and a vegetable garden. His work has been displayed during the event and has also been used to accompany the event press release.
Affaire Plus Magazine
Aaron McConomy drew a series of obstacle courses that we can experience in our life for an article published on Affaire Plus magazine about how to choose REER depending on the stage in life we are experiencing and that can have an impact on our retirement savings.