Mesa Illustrator Carrie Leigh Hobson: 100 Creatives

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Laura Hobson
Meet the illustrator.
Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 76. Carrie Leigh Hobson.

"Drawing is such an amazing tool to organize and express ideas," says 26-year-old illustrator Carrie Leigh Hobson. "I would be lost without it."

See also: Thomas Porter: 100 Phoenix Creatives

Carrie Leigh Hobson

The Mesa-based artist tells stories through her illustrations -- often humorous, frequently humanizing. She draws inspiration from her friends, her 1-year-old niece, and her own, as she puts it, wacky experiences. Her days are full of podcast listening , freelance work (like her current project for Disney Consumer Products), and working out.

Everything's rife with artistic possibility. "I really enjoy doing fitness motivation drawings and comics of my awkward gym moments," she says.

I came to Phoenix with a newfound appreciation of the subtle and overt beauty of the desert. I grew up here, but it wasn't until I returned after working and living in California that I truly admired the unique landscapes of Arizona.

I make art because it is my way to connect to other people and ideas bigger than myself.

I'm most productive when I have a deadline. If not for deadlines, I would rework an illustration to death. By having a cutoff, I become more efficient and steamroll down to the last minute.

My inspiration wall is full of a variety of Midcentury Modern illustrations, including Ralph Hulett paintings, Robert Fawcett drawings, and references for tricky parts and poses to draw.

I've learned most from working with other artists. I have been fortunate enough to work with and be mentored by some seriously amazing people. Also, I try to remember to not get so overwhelmed by how much there is to learn that it keeps me from doing my work.

Good work should always tell a story. Even the simplest design should communicate an idea.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more animation! Making ideas come to life is super fun. There is a bi-monthly animation challenge called Loop de Loop; let's bring a screening to Phoenix!

See the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives:

100. Bill Dambrova
99. Niki Blaker
98. Jeff Slim
97. Beth May
96. Doug Bell
95. Daniel Langhans
94. Nanibaa Beck
93. Nicole Royse
92. Ib Andersen
91. Casandra Hernandez
90. Chris Reed
89. Shelby Maticic
88. Olivia Timmons
87. Courtney Price
86. Travis Mills
85. Catrina Kahler
84. Angel Castro
83. Cole Reed
82. Lisa Albinger
81. Larry Madrigal
80. Julieta Felix
79. Lauren Strohacker
78. Levi Christiansen
77. Thomas Porter

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Yay Carrie! Is that cute bunny and coyote drawing anything like the fox in the henhouse? 

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