Robert Pizzo Illustration / Design
Tell us about your business.I make my living doing illustrations for national publications, top ad agencies and corporations. Recently, I've been doing a bunch of really fun children's products for Pomegranate. I never wanted to wait until graduation to get started so I began freelancing while still in school. Afterwards I went to work for comics legend Will Eisner and was inspired to have my own studio. Now, I work from my home studio in Redding CT. In addition to my regular work for clients I enjoy making quirky, custom pieces of furniture for my home.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.I'm fortunate to have a large studio in my home in beautiful Redding CT. After years of dragging my work around NYC, the internet has now enabled me to work from anywhere. Even when I'm under a really tight deadline I can still enjoy seeing wild turkeys roaming through my yard.
What inspires you?People who forge their own way. Instead of whining and waiting, or being dependent, they get out there and get the job done. Also, real attention to craft and detail is inspiring. I love to see something brilliantly executed and say, "Why didn't I think of that?"
What makes your business stand out?I've worked for years to develop a very unique and recognizable style. See for yourself at www.robertpizzo.com or, for my line Pomegranate products see: http://store.yahoo.com/cgi-bin/clink?pomegranate+rXfh5X+robert-pizzo.html+
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?I often tell creative entrepreneurs who ask me, to hang in there and follow up on every opportunity because you never know where one may come from. A few years back an art director I was doing an illustration for was complaining about some badly designed charts he had to use. Although it was a bit out of my realm I offered to redesign them. Almost by accident, it spawned an entire sideline for me, and I now regularly do infographics and presentations for top ad agencies. You never know!
What does American Made mean to you?I think it's the inherent American characteristic of making something from nothing. The very opposite of the notion of finite pieces of pie, the American spirit is constantly cranking out brand new pies where none had existed before. Often, I'd be looking for a very particular piece of furniture or something for my own house and when I couldn't find it I'd say, "Ah, hell, I'll just make one."
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