Look at Eric Lillieberg’s art and you would never guess the many things that have influenced his art and his path as an artist. Creating iconic images that can range from playful to professional, Eric’s work speaks for itself.
Playing a large part in Eric becoming an artist was his uncle, Dennis Briggs, who had shown him how to draw cartoons at a young age. It was his support and encouragement that gave Eric the confidence to keep practicing his art and to gain the attention of fellow classmates, who began asking Eric to draw pictures for them. While his uncle sparked his first inspirations into art, it was a two-year Visual Communications program at the Genesee Area Skill Center in Flint Michigan, that really fueled Eric’s passion for art and helped him find his style. Eric's artistic style surfaced at a college art class he took at the Flint Institute of Arts called Two Dimensional Study, which helped him find the confidence to begin his own design company.
Away from business, Eric was a two year active member for the Greater Flint Creative Alliance and designed fliers and coordinated events for the arts collective. His work has been on display in several local galleries and he has made it his goal to bring art to people who may not believe they can afford it.
Tell me more about how you originally got into your craft, Eric.
It all started in a college art class for 2 Dimensional Study at the Flint Art Institute. The class only focused on abstract shapes. Nothing remotely close to what I'm doing today.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Well... Other than collecting designer toys and action figures, my most favorite thing to do (Off the record) is smoke marijuana... Bah-hahaha!
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
My biggest challenge is getting new clients. Ever since the economy my art business has become more of a hobby. Art is a luxury when customers' wallets are empty.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Honestly I thought I was going to be a stand up comedian, or because I can do impressions I thought I might be a voice dubber for a cartoon series. Being an artist or a graphic designer was not something I thought about as a kid.
What item in your collection would you like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Hmm... I'm not sure why someone would buy my artwork and then give it to me as a gift. I think the greatest gift would be gift cards to poster printers, so I could get my artwork printed. Now that would be a nice gift.
What other artists out there do you love?
Oh geez! There's a lot of artists I think highly of. I'll limit my list to 15 artists...
|The artist himself|
- Scott Tolleson
- Austin Shyu of Paper Action Figures
- Brandon Ragnar Johnson aka Ragnar
- Brian McCarty
- Clay Ferguson of Jamungo
- David Horvath
- Frank Mysterio
- Helena Garcia
- Melita Curphy aka Miss Monster
- Martin Ontiveros
- Kano Kimanyen aka Kano
- Joe Ledbetter
- Patricio Oliver aka PO!
- Shane Glines
- Tim Tsui
What does your future hold?
I have no idea. All I can say is I hope my future gets better. I hope the economy turns around so I can start producing/selling my art again.