Meet Christine Chapman, Chicagoland graphic designer. Her designs are whimsical & modern - bright & bold - inevitably making you grin ear-to-ear! Learn what inspires her.Learn what inspires her.
Tell me about your journey as a graphic designer. Did you always know you wanted to be a "creative?"
I always loved to draw as a kid and throughout high school, so the plan was, yes, to be an artist when I grew up. But my mom told me artists don’t make money (haha!). So I had to rethink that a little bit. I know the stereotype of artists is that they tend to be emotionally minded and very passionate, but I am the opposite of that. I am practical and logical. I changed my mind to be a teacher or something (not that teachers make much money) it just seemed like the second best thing to being an artist.
Thankfully, I did discover graphic design as a vocation, and that seemed like the most logical and practical way to apply what I loved to do into my career. And I’m so glad! I would do the same thing if I had to do it all over again.
Tell me about one of your passion projects. What do you love most about this project and why?
Although I studied graphic design, I really really enjoy illustrating probably the most! In the past two years I’ve been really trying to develop a style that is unique to me. It sort of ended up forming itself into "ghouly" things like eyeballs and severed body parts and monsters, which sounds really freaky, but it’s pretty harmless when you see it. Not realistic at. all. - but it’s kind of quirky and fun and lends itself to funny verbiage and clever t-shirt ideas! And it’s just kind of become a part of me. So I’ve been pursuing the art of screen printing in order to create products under this brand.
I know you are a graphic designer for a local church. What is your favorite project you've worked on for the ministry and why?
I would say the past Much More Women’s Conference this past spring. It was a lot of work because of all of the elements that went into it, but when we got to the day and you could see everything that was done, the graphics, the stage, the 3 pop up shops, with a whole line of merch specifically from this event, it was amazing and super humbling to see how so many women were impacted by the event. It’s hard to explain but it was one of those things that had so many moving parts that it was basically like witnessing a miracle when it all came together.
I know you're dabbling into new forms of media. What lessons have you learned as you try new things?
I really love working with my hands so it’s almost like the illustrations give me a reason to figure out the screen printing stuff I'm trying. Which is proving to be a lot more difficult than I thought. Essentially it’s a science project in which you have to trial and error your way to a result.
I have learned a lot of disappointment so far, with enough victories to keep me trying. It’s still a work in progress but I can say I have successfully screen printed a handful of shirts! Hoping to get a few more designs under my belt, but I’m thinking I might need to bite off some smaller pieces for now before I tackle creating the larger screens.
What would you tell a person trying to step into graphic design part time or full time?
I would say it’s for those who are always wanting to keep learning. I found that going to school gave me a lot of basic knowledge but it’s an ever moving and changing industry, so you have to be ready to roll with the punches. It can be very rewarding, but also very difficult because people aren’t always going to ask you to do the things you want to do, and they’re going to give you feedback that you don’t like. But every so often you get the dream projects you’ve been hoping for, and you get to go nuts. All in all, if drawing or art is something you love, you can’t go wrong with a career in graphic design. You literally get to sit and create all day for your job. I mean, that’s pretty amazing and a great gift.