Author & Illustrator
Korwin Briggs is a writer and illustrator, as well as a freelance artist. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he currently lives in New York City. His first book, Gods and Heroes: Mythology Around the World, will be published by Workman in August. Korwin also publishes a comic, Veritable Hokum.
Find out more about Korwin Briggs at his website.
Q1: OUR THEME THIS YEAR IS HERE'S AN IDEA! WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE SPACE FOR PONDERING IDEAS?
Korwin: I read somewhere that if you wear the same thing while studying as you do while taking tests, you'll slip back into the studying mindset and do better - sort of a clothing-based version of Pavlov's bell. I thought that was neat, so I tried something similar on myself. For a few months, whenever I did creative work, I put on fuzzy socks and sandals. And now, whenever I put on fuzzy socks and sandals, I feel more creative. It looks silly, but it feels great, and I'm at least 40% sure it works.
Q2: WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL?
Korwin: I loved history class. When I was little, I liked it the same way I liked science fiction or fantasy books - fun adventures, basically, with neat costumes and props. But the more I learned, the more fascinating I found it. Context gives depth to even the simplest stories, with people, events, and forces acting on each other in so many different ways that every little thing becomes deeply consequential. It's not as tidy as math or science or as expressive as English or art, but for someone who likes discovering connections between things, history is a constant source of excitement and awe.
Q3: WHAT ONE THING WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN TO DO?
Korwin: I'd love to learn to make video games. Every couple years I try to start one, and someday I hope to finish.
Q4: WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU WANTED TO BE AN AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR?
Korwin: For a long time I didn't know what I wanted to do. I think all the high school and college talk of potential, of taking the time to find yourself, nurtured a mistaken belief that it was better to keep my options open than to choose one and lose the others. Midway through my first year of college, I realized that not committing was even more of a waste, and that while I didn't know if it was the best possible choice, if I were stuck drawing for the rest of my life, that'd be ok. I started applying to transfer to art school the next day.