Creative Interview With WestBurbs Designs

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We love showcasing our artists and designers work on our blog.

Featuring their work, showing off their creative talents, and getting to know the ins and outs of our creatives it what makes us tick at Graphic Tide.

This is the main reason we set up Graphic Tide, to help promote artists and designers creative skills, by selling their work on tees, talking about them on our blog, and promoting them on social media – and today is a great example of this.

We talk to the great guys over at WestBurbs Designs, who are a two man creative operation which have recently won on our voting platform with Mount Pokemore.

Mixing the legendary Pokemon characters like Pikachu and Charizard (what characters eh?!), they’ve come up with a design that not only shows off exactly what their about, but also works excellently as a t-shirt design.

We welcome you guys to our community!

As they’re a recent winner on our voting platform, we’ve asked them a few questions about their own creative habits, what inspires them on a daily basis, and generally discovering more about their work.

It’s a pleasure to introduce you to our recent t-shirt design winners, WestBurbs Designs!

Tell us a bit about yourself. What’s your main disciplines?

Westburbs is a two-man operation, we are 50/50 partners and split costs and profits equally. My name is Charley and I am born and raised in a West Suburb (hence Westburbs) of Chicago and I handle all the promotions and social media management.

I have a marketing degree from Illinois State University and I work full time for a Search Marketing firm in Chicago. Robert heads up the art and design department and grew up in a west Chicago neighbourhood.

He graduated from Depaul University with a degree in Graphic Design.

Creative Interview With Westburbs Designs

We have been friends since kindergarten and grew up together watching the same shows and playing the same video games. One game we played all the time when we were young was Pokemon. I’m talking about the original versions of Pokemon for the original Gameboy and Gameboy colour.

After graduation Robert and I, along with a group of friends decided to pick up where we left off when we stopped playing Pokemon.

We started playing the newer versions of the game and fell back in love with it; we figured we could probably put some of our skills to use in the real world as well.

I guess we don’t have any main disciplines, but we always consult each other on strategy before we create a new design or take on a new piece of business.

What are your biggest influences or inspirations as creatives?

Our biggest influences are the Pokemon community, and the characters themselves.

We’ve created a design that featured mascots of certain Poketubers that is really popular. (For reference, a Poketuber is someone who posts videos of Pokemon content on YouTube).

Creative Interview With Westburbs Designs

We usually like to draw our favourites, or Pokemon that we think are the community’s favourites.

We are inspired by current artists and our friends, mostly wherever we can find a fresh idea.

We are open to working with people on individual projects as well as posting designs to sites such as

Tell us about your t-shirt design.

We wanted to do a crossover of some sorts and give it a nostalgic feel.

We included 4 very popular Pokemon that graced the cover of the original versions of the game. Pairing that with a national monument seemed like a good fit, it also gives it a comedic factor.

Creative Interview With Westburbs Designs

Some Pokemon nerds may know more about those 4 Pokemon than they do the actual presidents on Mount Rushmore.

Can you tell us about your creative processes? How does your days shape up?

We both work full time, but when inspiration strike we immediately text or call each other to discuss possibilities.

Robert usually draws a few digital sketches and then we will critique them together.

Tell us something which we might not know about both of you.

We are actually big Wrestling fans as well and spend time watching old wrestling pay-per views just like we did together when we were young.

Creative Interview With Westburbs Designs

We are basically kids at heart still.

Where can we get in contact with you two?

Please contact us on Twitter @Westburbs, or on our Facebook page.

And also by emailing us

We Hope You Enjoyed Todays Creative Interview!

Talking about their creativity, influences and their t-shirt design, we’ve really enjoyed getting to know WestBurbs a bit better, and we hope you enjoyed it too!

If you’ll like to support WestBurbs Designs, be sure to check out their legendary t-shirt design.

A commission is given to our artists with every t-shirt sold, which we’re sure WestBurbs will appreciate!

Or, if you’re a designer, be sure to submit your work to us, we’ll love to see what you’ve got!

So thanks for visiting today, be sure to leave a comment below, as we would love to hear from you. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr, it will be great to see you on there. Thanks again, and have a great day!

About the author - HKJS


I'm an Illustrator, Designer & Animator from Hampshire, United Kingdom, and have been illustrating for a number of years. I have a wealth of experience within editorial, maps, posters and book covers. Having a firm interest in the creative industry and everything that revolves around it, I want to share what I've learnt to you. From this, I have a keen passion for t-shirt design and how illustration can become a part of something you wear.

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