ARTIST OF THE MONTH: JEFF FINLEY
WHAT IS THE TITLE FOR YOUR ARTWORK?
OGR Bird Castle.
CAN YOU GIVE US A BRIEF BACKGROUND ON YOURSELF?
I'm a lifelong artist and always had a passion for doing good and making an impact in the world. I went to school for computer animation, but fell in love with illustration, graphic design, and business. I started out by freelancing under the alias "mylkhead" from 2004-2006 where I worked mostly on music and apparel related design projects.
WE SEE YOU'RE THE FOUNDER OF WEAPONS OF MASS CREATION FEST IN OHIO. WHAT POSITIVE THINGS DO YOU FEEL THAT THE FESTIVAL HAS INSPIRED IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
It's inspired a positive creative energy in our city. We believe we're a creative powerhouse and people are more encouraged to take risks and collaborate. We've seen awesome new ideas, projects, and friendships born out of WMC Fest and we love that.
IT SEEMS LIKE YOU KEEP PRETTY BUSY WITH DESIGN, ART, AND MUSIC. BUT DO YOU HAVE ANY NON-RELATED HOBBIES THAT HELP PASS YOUR FREE TIME?
I am an aspiring b-boy (break dancer) and I also play Magic the Gathering from time to time. I'm also a huge documentary lover and mumblecore connoisseur.
WHAT MUSIC HAVE YOU FOUND YOURSELF LISTENING TO THE MOST LATELY?
I've been loving The Mengzingers, The Story so Far, Cloud Nothings, and a bunch of other bands we got to play at WMC Fest 2012.
DO YOU HAVE ANY FUTURE PROJECTS YOU'D LIKE TO DO AND CAN TELL US ABOUT?
We will be launching a new site called MockupEverything.com and redesigning the Arsenal and Zine (our blog). We are also releasing a new product called the Freelance Survival Kit which will feature all sorts of guides and resources for the business end of being a designer.