What's Minneapolis, MN-based illustrator David Schwen's most gratifying part of his job? He humorously said, “Being able to tell my kids when they ask what I did at work today: ‘I drew all day.'” No doubt, Schwen has a gift for taking today's most relevant pop-culture topics (or references from yesteryear) and turning them into illustration gold. Of course, what you'll come to enjoy most about his work is that they stir something in you.
“I think the main reason that I have a lot of ideas inspired by pop culture is how surrounded we are with it,” he tells us. “I like the fact that other people can relate to the idea really quickly, because they share similar memories from the past or childhood.”
One of my favorite designs is Schwen's Burgervetica (immediately below), which I bought on a t-shirt over at Threadless. When asked why he created it, here's what Schwen said. “Honestly, I'm a type lover. I wanted to distill a hamburger down to it's basic elements using only typography and color. My favorite part is how iconic the design becomes, since you can recognize it as a burger from a long distance from only seeing the colors.”
Extra Terrestrial Foam Finger
Woodchucks – “…if a woodchuck could wear chucks.”
Jed Eye Chart [Star Wars Shirt]
I'm Lovin' Fat
Kiss Under the Mistletoe
That's All Folks!
Schwen is making something cool every day, which you can follow over at Flickr. (Great to check out if you need a little inspiration yourself.)