the same 5 questions we always ask

Introduce yourself. How old are you and where are you from?

Hi, I'm Brian Lambert. I'm 22, I grew up in Spokane Valley, but I just moved a few months ago to Seattle.

How would you describe the work you do? And what inspires you to make this type or art?

I do mostly computer illustration. I'd describe my work as fun and a bit whimsical. I strive to be a minimalist, my work is pretty simple and clean. I try to keep unnecessary design aspects to a minimum, and as I have attempted to do this over the years, I've seen my work greatly improve. I'm inspired by a lot of other artists, and been affected by them in ways I don't even realize. When I'm given a job or assignment, it's awesome that I've been able to pull back on the art I've already seen and loved.

What are your plans for the future and where do you hope your art will take you?

I've been doing a few commission jobs, for a Cafe and a couple of bands. I hope that I'll just be able to build my connections from there.

Music goes hand in hand with current culture and the art scene. What are you listening to lately while you work?

Arcade Fire's The Suburbs has been blowing my mind. And I throw in some Radiohead here and there, because you can never go wrong with them. Also, I've been listening to a few Seattle-based bands, Garage Voice and Paper Astronomer are friends of mine, and I'm always happy to support local bands.

Who or what are you influences? And what other artists on the scene are currently catching your eye?

Seattle-based design company Invisible Creature has always been a favorite of mine. This might sound cheesy, but they're just everything I hope to be in life. They're work is so vivid, they have great color schemes, and its just so entertaining. Tommy Panigot is another artist that's sort of under the radar and really incredible. He's a great illustrator and his posters have strong concepts and are very well executed. On the question before about the music and art scene going hand and hand, Tommy makes these band posters that just furthers the bands themselves. I heard that he used to hang posters that advertised local concerts in Capitol Hill, but had to stop, because they'd never last longer than a few hours. People would take them down and put them in their houses right after he'd put them up, so they had to find a new way to advertise the shows. But this is what I think good design is supposed to do. It's supposed to enhance other products, supposed to enhance the visualization and the feel of music and art, and Tommy's work really does that.