Nigel Sussman

Nigel Sussman - Designer

Berkeley, CA, USA

Nigel creates complex isometric murals and illustrations, organizing chaos in a fun and visually pleasing way.

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Overview

Based out of my home-studio in Berkeley, CA, I create complex isometric murals and illustrations. I can often be found painting pictures of giant cats or flying food. The detail is all done by hand and with a lighthearted sense of humor that keeps the viewer looking, and smiling. I have created art for a wide range of businesses and organizations, from large, innovative brands like Google, eBay and Adidas, and well-known publications like Popular Science, Highlights for Children, and Science Magazine. Bold, bright and complex, my signature style uses isometric line-art and a striking but simple color palette, creating seek-and-find type illustrations that feature complex fantasy architecture and/or imaginary machines. My influences include Martin Handford (creator of Where’s Waldo?), MC Escher and the original SimCity computer games.

Basically, my job is translating my clients' ideas through my 'creative filter'. I parse lists of content, objects, places, things, etc and draw them all together in a cohesive and visually pleasing composition. I enjoy the challenge of making otherwise random or dry content into something fun and approachable. I have developed a 'signature style' that is my default, but I always defer to the clients' needs first, and I am happy to try and accommodate. After doing rounds of feedback and revision, with the art becoming increasingly detailed and precise with each pass, we ultimately will deliver final digital files that will engage and excite readers.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
Fiction
Picture Books

Work experience

Illustrator

Self-employed
August, 2014 – Present (almost 7 years)

Creating bespoke murals and illustrations for businesses, organizations, and communities.

Associate Creative Director

Say Media
October, 2010 – September, 2015 (almost 5 years)

Art Direction, Design and animation for marketing/advertising for a variety of high-profile clients

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