How did you get your start in graphic art?
I was introduced to graphic art while in 2009 at the age of 16. To be honest, I've always felt like graphic art is something that found me. Being a huge fan of music, I've always been inspired by cover artworks from some of my favorite artists.
How would you describe your artistic style?
My style would be described as being a cross between Afrofuturism, Minimalism, and Surrealism.
Where do you draw inspiration?
The majority of my inspiration comes from music, more specifically the Neo-Soul, New Age, and Chillwave genres.
On notable projects:
The most notable project that I've worked on to date would have to be my recent collaboration with 20th Century Fox. I had the great opportunity to be selected as 1 of 5 artists to create digital marketing artwork to promote the AMAZING film, Hidden Figures. I also did a collaboration with NYC- based creative agency Street Etiquette and Adidas NYC. The project involved creating promotional material for the launch of the Adidas NYC Instagram page.
What has been the most memorable response to your work?
Wow. I've received tons of memorable responses to my work. So, this is definitely a tough one to answer! But, if I had to choose, I would say a time when someone told me that my work was used in their college presentation project in Cape Town, South Africa. That was an awesome feeling. I honestly appreciate everyone who views and appreciates my work.
What are some risks or sacrifices you have made in pursuit of your craft?
Recently, I left my part-time job that I loved at a graphic design agency in pursuit of creating bigger opportunities for my career as a digital artist. It was a tough decision at first. But, risk-taking has to be a part of my journey if I plan to reach my ultimate goal.
Who’s your favorite artist?
One of my favorite artists at the moment is a London-based graphic artist by the name of Samuel Burgess-Johnson. I love his usage of minimalism, typography, and mellow tones in his work.
On upcoming projects:
Share my thoughts and ideas with my audience through my work, and experimenting with new ideas for the Jeff Manning brand. I also have a separate Graphic Design/Web company that I will be starting with my girlfriend later on this year.
What is your dream project?
A dream project of mine is to create a workshop for people of all ages who want to learn the craft of graphic art. There is no better feeling than helping others reach their goals and full potential.
What motto or affirmation do you live your life by?
"In Due Time" is one of the phrases that I live my life by. I believe that if you really want something in life and you're willing to work hard to create an opportunity for it to happen, it will happen in due time.