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Discovered on Behance: Patrick Seymour

By Katrina Lewis

Canadian art director Patrick Seymour loves his field and has been prepping for the job since before he entered high school. But if it hadn’t been for a full hard drive, Seymour could have missed out on commissions from around the world, including one high-profile opportunity. Find out the story behind that chain of events and other details of Seymour’s life in this Q&A.

Create: How has art influenced your life?  

Patrick Seymour: For me, illustration is a hobby and almost anything can influence me. I was walking on Joliette Street here in Montreal, and I saw an outdoor staircase shaped like the letter “R.” So I came home and in the next two hours, I developed a font, Rue-Joliette, based on that staircase. 

The staircase on Joliette Street  in Montreal.

Seymour’s Rue-Joliette typeface.

Create: When did you realize you wanted to pursue a design career?

Seymour: I’ve always wanted to be a designer. When I was younger, I wanted to be an illustrator; in high school, my focus shifted to advertising. I love so many parts of my job: the brainstorming, finding the right concept based on a client briefing, and all of the small details that make an ad impeccable.

Create: What are three words you’d use to describe your art and why?

Seymour: I’d say technical, efficient, and hypnotizing. I don’t draw on paper first–I start directly in Adobe Illustrator CC and use the Pen tool in probably 90 percent of my work. It’s more a technical process for me than an artistic one since I started to draw in Illustrator to be more efficient in my day job.

Honestly, my technique is pretty simple. I think anyone can imitate my style–although it would require a lot of time and practice. But everybody can use the Pen tool. There’s no secret to that.

 Lastly, I say hypnotizing because I like symmetrical portraits and a lack of emotion in my designs, so people can interpret them as they see fit.

Create: Why did you showcase your work on Behance?

Seymour: At first, it was because my illustrations were on my computer and my hard drive was threatening to crash.  So I started uploading them to Behance to make sure I wouldn’t lose anything in the future. But after that, I realized that Behance was a seriously helpful tool for my job. It’s easy to browse, people give you great feedback on your work, you can easily see new trends from all around the world, and you can interact directly with the artists you find amazing.

Create: From your perspective, how does Behance differ from other online portfolio platforms?

Seymour: Behance is the Facebook of artistic people. For example, you could use Google+, right? But when you want to be reached and have more effective exposure, you go with Facebook. It’s the same thing here.  Behance is the simpler, bigger community. And it’s free.

Create: What was your first reaction when you were commissioned to design artwork for the 2014 Release of Adobe Illustrator CC?  

Seymour: At first, I thought it was a joke.  At the time, my English was not that great and I wasn’t sure if it was a real offer or a scam. But I responded to the e-mail and the people at Adobe were friendly and easygoing and everything went well. 

Patrick Seymour’s Adobe Illustrator CC Splash Screen Cover, 2014.

Create: How has showcasing your work on Behance impacted your career?

Seymour: It definitely helps me to be taken more seriously in my day job; people either know my name here or have seen my work on Behance. I’ve been awarded contracts from all around the world—France, the United States, China, Belgium, Russia, and England—all because I’m on Behance. 

If you can’t catch Patrick in his Montreal studio, be sure to take a look at his Behance profile and get lost in his designs there.