Artist Feature: Molly Egan

This week I’m excited to introduce you to Molly Egan. Molly is an illustrator based out of Philedelphia. She grew up new Scranton (The Office!) and she’s been a freelance illustrator for almost a year since graduating from the University of the Arts. Her work is made up of bright color palettes and mesmerizing patterns. It is the perfect blend of playful and sophisticated at the same time. She has already worked with clients such as Warby Parker, Samsung, Facebook and many others. On top of all of that, she’s a delightful human being and we are excited to give you a peek behind the work. Without further ado, lets meet Molly!

Tell us a little about yourself and your work.
Hi! I'm Molly, and I'm an illustrator based in South Philly. I grew up near Scranton (yeah, The Office) and moved to Philly to go to school at the University of the Arts. I do most of my work traditionally and love the little mistakes that happen when you can't zoom to 500%. 

Describe a typical work day for you.
I used to get into the studio quite early (7-7:30) but kind of slipped up over the summer! Now, I'm trying to get back into that early routine. I try to start my day by knocking out some emails, because it's not one my favorite things in the world to do. Then, I try to do a warm up piece, either a sketchbook or a very small painting on watercolor paper. From there, I look at my calendar and make a plan for the client work I have to do that way. Then I spend the rest of the day bouncing back and forth between emails and painting! 

Which part of the creative process do you enjoy most?
My happiest times are when I have free time to draw in my sketchbooks or teach myself a new skill.

Was there a striking moment in your life where you knew you had to become an Illustrator?
Kind of! I was pretty surprised when I looked at a book I made in elementary school saying I wanted to be an artist. I didn't realize I always wanted to do this and thought that was pretty cool. I started getting specifically interested in illustration in high school, when I took a few classes in a local program. Those classes taught me that illustration had so many different markets and opportunities - and from then on, I knew what I wanted!

What mediums do you enjoy working with most?
I'm a huge fan of Holbein Acryla Gouache. I feel like I never stop talking about it. It's a great paint that, IMO, has the best qualities of acrylic and gouache.

If you had unlimited resources, what would your dream project look like?
I'd love to do a huge mural or an animated short.

Outside of your work, what other hobbies do you enjoy?
Baking is one of my favorite things to do. My boyfriend is a great cook, so we really enjoy having friends over to eat. In the summer, I really love making fruit pies. Recently, I've been experimenting with savory bakes, like cheddar cookies with jalapeno jam and curry potato pies!

What is your favorite show you’re watching right now?
You can laugh if you want but I'm watching Vanderpump Rules, and it's a collection of the most monstrous humans imaginable and I LOVE it.

What was the last book you read that you really enjoyed?
I'm currently reading Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and really enjoying it. Even though it's cookbook, it reads as a chapter book as well. The awesome by illustrations by Wendy McNaughton help too!

What is a common creative block for you and how do you get unstuck?
I have a habit of not taking a break when I'm working on a project. I feel like when I do that, I can get really frustrated, not be able to think of good ideas or get really stiff. When I get like that, I try to take some time to take a walk, play with my dog, or work on another project for a bit.

Outside of design, what do you do that inspires your creative pursuit?
I teach in a high school program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Being around students that give up their Saturday and are so excited to draw/paint/learn is really inspiring to me.

Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Definitely more so an early bird now a days, though sometimes I laze around for a bit under the covers with my dog, Mona.

See more of Molly’s work