Justin Hillgrove grew up in Snohomish, WA and has been enjoying artistic expression since he was old enough to color on the walls. Mostly self taught, he spent a decade in the design industry before setting out on his own to spend his days paintings monsters, robots, and other such nonsense.
In the last 15 years, Justin has worked on everything from comics and toys to board games, though he is most well known for his own original art. His art can be found hanging in many locations and galleries in the USA and in homes all over the world.
Some memorable side projects have included painting murals for Facebook in Seattle and London, participating in the Schulz Museum’s artist-in-residence program, and creating covers for Boom Studios / Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time comic.
Justin currently lives in Snohomish, Washington with his wife, four kids, some chickens and ducks, a rabbit, and a dozen or so imaginary friends.
Charlie Mendez has been Justin’s Assistant since 2012 and helps with a lot of the show prep, order fulfillment, canvas stretching and many of the other day-to-day tasks involved in running the business. He’s also been invaluable source of input and inspiration, often making suggestions and answering the call: “Hey Charlie, what do you think of this?” If you’ve visited the Imps and Monster’s booth at many of the shows, festivals or conventions we attend, then chances are you’ve met Charlie.
Here’s a couple of time-lapse YouTube demo videos…
I also have other art tutorials available here:
Murals are not my usual thing and I don’t usually take them on. In fact, the mural at Facebook’s Seattle office below was the first color mural I’ve ever done, followed shortly after by the mural in my studio, also pictured below.
Facebook London – 2014