hl next level 2018: illustrator pj offner

Trevor Stuurman
Growing up, PJ Offner  wanted to become a comic book artist, before realising that there were many other creative avenues to explore. After his graphic-design studies at AAA School of Advertising, his passion for illustration grew and ‘the rest is history,’ he says. One of his most exciting assignments was taking part in The Monster Project, which saw artists from around the world bringing children’s drawings of monsters to life in graphic illustrations for a good cause. He’s also collaborated with brands such as Sneaker Lab. ‘Next, I’m working on a few animation projects for Bewilder.tv and some other exciting things, which I can’t reveal just yet.’

how did you get started?

I always knew I wanted to do something visual for a living and wasn’t very good at anything besides drawing really, so straight after high school I studied graphic design at AAA School of Advertising, where I grew my passion for illustration.

what has been your defining career moment to date?

Gainful employment – realising I could draw for a living.

are there any artists you look up to?

Too many to mention... but definitely Robert Crumb, Cleon Peterson, DXTR the Weird, Kaws, Robin Davey and Smash 137.

where do you find your inspiration?

Books, cartoons and graffiti.

what is your earliest visual memory?

Watching the first Toy Story film and spending all the spare time I had as a kid drawing the characters. which city would you recommend that people visit, and why? Istanbul, Turkey. Unbelievable scenery and people. what’s the most memorable piece of art or design you’ve ever seen? The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, Germany, by architect Peter Eisenmann. It’s an unbelievable and surreal experience to walk through it.

Learn all about the game changers who are taking things to the Next Level in our #HLNEXTLEVEL2018  issue.