Brooklyn-based illustrator and designer, Dan Christofferson, knew early on he wanted to dip his toes into the art world. “I feel like I was one of those lucky kids who knew that I should be in some sort of art,” he once remarked in an interview with The Great Discontent. “My friends would get all dressed up as Ninja Turtles and jump around, and my inclination was to get out a piece of paper and a pencil and draw them,” he admits.
“My parents were also super supportive, and got me into art classes where we’d go to the zoo and draw animals,” he went on to say. “And in high school, I went into an art program at the local college. It was just so natural; I never questioned it or tried anything else.”
Jump forward some years later and he’s now part of a “two Dan team”, known online as Young Jerks. He also has an online shop where he sells cool merch that includes pennants, patches, and pins, all designed and created by him – and all incredibly cool. His advice to other creatives? Be inspired and influenced by everything that’s around you, but then build a system around it.
“When I was in high school, I had an art teacher who I really connected with,” he says, explaining the origin of his system. “She encouraged me to build a system in my head, where I was cataloging the world around me and everything that would benefit my art. So I started thinking about how I could take everything around me and organize it in my head in a way that I could use it.” Take note!