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Mesa Illustrator Carrie Leigh Hobson: 100 Creatives

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Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 76. Carrie Leigh Hobson.

"Drawing is such an amazing tool to organize and express ideas," says 26-year-old illustrator Carrie Leigh Hobson. "I would be lost without it."

See also: Thomas Porter: 100 Phoenix Creatives

The Mesa-based artist tells stories through her illustrations -- often humorous, frequently humanizing. She draws inspiration from her friends, her 1-year-old niece, and her own, as she puts it, wacky experiences. Her days are full of podcast listening , freelance work (like her current project for Disney Consumer Products), and working out.

Everything's rife with artistic possibility. "I really enjoy doing fitness motivation drawings and comics of my awkward gym moments," she says.

I came to Phoenix with a newfound appreciation of the subtle and overt beauty of the desert. I grew up here, but it wasn't until I returned after working and living in California that I truly admired the unique landscapes of Arizona.

I make art because it is my way to connect to other people and ideas bigger than myself.

I'm most productive when I have a deadline. If not for deadlines, I would rework an illustration to death. By having a cutoff, I become more efficient and steamroll down to the last minute.

My inspiration wall is full of a variety of Midcentury Modern illustrations, including Ralph Hulett paintings, Robert Fawcett drawings, and references for tricky parts and poses to draw.

I've learned most from working with other artists. I have been fortunate enough to work with and be mentored by some seriously amazing people. Also, I try to remember to not get so overwhelmed by how much there is to learn that it keeps me from doing my work.

Good work should always tell a story. Even the simplest design should communicate an idea.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more animation! Making ideas come to life is super fun. There is a bi-monthly animation challenge called Loop de Loop; let's bring a screening to Phoenix!

See the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives:

100. Bill Dambrova 99. Niki Blaker 98. Jeff Slim 97. Beth May 96. Doug Bell 95. Daniel Langhans 94. Nanibaa Beck 93. Nicole Royse 92. Ib Andersen 91. Casandra Hernandez 90. Chris Reed 89. Shelby Maticic 88. Olivia Timmons 87. Courtney Price 86. Travis Mills 85. Catrina Kahler 84. Angel Castro 83. Cole Reed 82. Lisa Albinger 81. Larry Madrigal 80. Julieta Felix 79. Lauren Strohacker 78. Levi Christiansen 77. Thomas Porter

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