Greg White, founder of Greg White Illustration, has been a freelance illustrator for approximately 7 years, though his artistic nature bloomed as early as age 3.
“I’ve always been an artsy kid. When I was 3, my grandma realized the best way to keep me occupied so she could get some stuff done was to give me a box of crayons and a piece of paper,” White said. “But I never thought of it as a real career path until I got a job at a publishing company.”
Admittedly, it was an opportunity that White said he stumbled into in 2007. By 2013, he would venture into selling his own style of artwork, including formal illustration art, movie posters and travel posters featuring some of Oklahoma's well-known attractions like the Skydance Bridge, Automobile Alley and others.
Through his numerous freelance jobs in everything from children’s books, comic books, even the New York Times Best Seller “It Starts with Food,” White is equipped with a variety of artistic techniques. His influences range from his love of cinema to mid-century art; in fact, the Oklahoma-centric pieces are inspired by the stylings of travel posters from the 1950s and 60s.
Depending on his workload and the subject’s complexity, these illustrations could take anywhere from 8 hours to 5 days.
“The funny thing is that the easiest ones are the ones with the best ideas,” White said. “The fastest one I ever did was the first one – my Wichita Mountains poster. I did it one evening in five hours after work when I worked at Blue Seven in Norman, just to have it placed in this room featuring local artists. To this day, it’s still one of my top sellers of anything.”
Understanding the flexibility of illustration, White made the decision to sell his products in a number of different ways, from posters and prints to white marble coasters and postcards.
His goal is to continue exploring and capturing parts of Oklahoma in his work, along with his other colorful, captivating artwork.
“There’s still so much to explore here in Oklahoma City that continues to keep my attention, artistically speaking. You’re never done exploring,” White said. “That said, I have been branching out to places like Norman and areas like that, so I’m excited to show some new art with some different areas.”