My name is Von Glitschka and I like to refer to myself as an illustrative designer. I do both design and illustration. Most of what I work on is design oriented projects that require an illustrative approach. So in that capacity I'm hired by other ad agencies, design firms and in-house art departments all around the world to help them create illustrative design for their clients.
That said I have many of my own clients as well.
In order of importance:
- Brain: I'm always reading, feeding it information and thinking through things as much as I can before I start anything.
- Pencil / Pen: Everything I create starts in analog via drawing
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe Photoshop
- Lots of other pens, light box and expensive vellum because I'm a paper snob and don't like tracing paper
I list all the various tools I use on my tutorial site here: http://www.illustrationclass.com/my-tools.html
Ideal work environment
I really can't complain about my current studio set up, but I was just telling someone a few weeks ago that if I could have any type of studio I'd love to convert an old lighthouse and turn the top of it into my studio. I think that would be epic.
I think this "Creative Spark" video I did would answer this the best.
My all time favorite is the great Jim Flora. An old art director at RCA records in the late 40's and 50's. MAD magazine artists also inspired me to draw when I was a kid. I featured some of my current favorites in an illustrative course I did for Lynda.com here: http://goo.gl/s866d