Matt Rockefeller

Hey there! I am a Freelance Illustrator/ Visual Development Artist recently graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Please feel free to contact me:
mcrockefeller@gmail.com

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  1. Anonymous said: Your art is really amazing! How did you develop your style and what type of things helped you do it?

    Hey there thanks so much!

    I think my style has evolved pretty naturally over the past few years. I look at a ton of work I am excited about and I draw A LOT.

    For a while there, I was drawing every day in my sketchbook, which is normally a real struggle for me. I really had to force myself to draw, draw, draw, and I hoped if I did this I would start to figure things out. If you can draw in an environment where you don’t penalize yourself for making mistakes or experimenting you will grow exponentially. Take the things you learn there and apply them to your more polished artwork!

  2. Anonymous said: Hey, I really love your work! May I ask how have the first few months since graduating been like? I'll be entering my final year of Illustration in a week; is there any advice you have about final year? Or graduating?

    Post graduation has been a complete whirlwind. How is it already the end of August!? Things have been going pretty well. Back in March I took a job illustrating the 5th grade level workbook for Brainquest, so the majority of this summer was spent doing that. (nearly 400 colored spots!)  Now I am mostly working on independent concept art commissions and a few super secret projects that I can’t wait to tell everyone about!

    Congrats on (almost) starting your final year! My final year was really exciting and was when I started to find myself as an artist. Take advantage of your last year being a part of a thriving artist community - do not take this for granted! Your peers are amazingly talented and there is a lot you can learn from them both artistically and professionally. After graduation, maintaining this sense of community will be a whole lot harder and the new sense of independence might be a bit overwhelming for a while.

    As far as thesis goes… You should really devote yourself to your project, and you should do something that you are really excited about. Think strategically about what kind of work you could be making to beef up your portfolio, but try not to be too contrived! Authenticity is really important to a successful illustrator - people can tell if you are making what you love and you’ll be happier too. Take that project you’ve always dreamed of doing and turn it into something relatable and managable. (Please no ‘I’m gonna make a 500 page graphic novel’  you’ll only disappoint yourself -unless you’re some sort of comic god!)

    Good luck and have fun! These next few months are going to go by so fast.

  3. Anonymous said: What school do you go to?

    I graduated from MICA (maryland institute college of art) in May!

  4. Well… its going to be a long night. Well… its going to be a long night.
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    Well… its going to be a long night.

  5. Goin for a rock. Goin for a rock.
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    Goin for a rock.

  6. Eye have it under control. Eye have it under control.
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    Eye have it under control.

  7. Here are all five spreads from the pokemon zine I made for Light Grey Art Lab!

    The show is now open, so if you’re in the Minneapolis area, you should definitely go check it out. You can find more information about the show here.

    I will be printing more of these zines in the future and will let you know when they are for sale!

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Here’s the last spread from the pokemon zine I made for Light Grey Art Lab!
The show is now open, so if you’re in the Minneapolis area, you should definitely go check it out.
You can find more information about the show here.





Here’s the last spread from the pokemon zine I made for Light Grey Art Lab!
The show is now open, so if you’re in the Minneapolis area, you should definitely go check it out.
You can find more information about the show here.
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    Here’s the last spread from the pokemon zine I made for Light Grey Art Lab!

    The show is now open, so if you’re in the Minneapolis area, you should definitely go check it out.

    You can find more information about the show here.

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Here’s the 4th spread from the pokemon zine I made for Light Grey Art Lab!
The show is now open, so if you’re in the Minneapolis area, you should definitely go check it out.
You can find more information about the show here.





Here’s the 4th spread from the pokemon zine I made for Light Grey Art Lab!
The show is now open, so if you’re in the Minneapolis area, you should definitely go check it out.
You can find more information about the show here.
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    Here’s the 4th spread from the pokemon zine I made for Light Grey Art Lab!

    The show is now open, so if you’re in the Minneapolis area, you should definitely go check it out.

    You can find more information about the show here.

  10. Rockman! Rockman!
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    Rockman!

  11. Saturday sketch… Saturday sketch…
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    Saturday sketch…

  12. Here’s the third spread from the pokemon zine I made for Light Grey Art Lab!
The show opened this last Friday, so if you’re in the Minneapolis area, you should definitely go check it out.
You can find more information about the show here. Here’s the third spread from the pokemon zine I made for Light Grey Art Lab!
The show opened this last Friday, so if you’re in the Minneapolis area, you should definitely go check it out.
You can find more information about the show here.
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    Here’s the third spread from the pokemon zine I made for Light Grey Art Lab!

    The show opened this last Friday, so if you’re in the Minneapolis area, you should definitely go check it out.

    You can find more information about the show here.

  13. Here’s the second spread from the pokemon zine I made for Light Grey Art Lab!
The show opened this past Friday, so if you’re in the Minneapolis area, you should definitely go check it out.
You can find more information about the show here. If you’d like to purchase a zine, click here! Here’s the second spread from the pokemon zine I made for Light Grey Art Lab!
The show opened this past Friday, so if you’re in the Minneapolis area, you should definitely go check it out.
You can find more information about the show here. If you’d like to purchase a zine, click here!
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    Here’s the second spread from the pokemon zine I made for Light Grey Art Lab!

    The show opened this past Friday, so if you’re in the Minneapolis area, you should definitely go check it out.

    You can find more information about the show here. If you’d like to purchase a zine, click here!

  14. Here’s the first spread from my zine, The Poké Life, I made for Light Grey Art Lab! I hid pokemon throughout each of them, can you find them all? Some of them are really tough, I apologize ;)
The show opened this past Friday, so if you’re in the Minneapolis area, you should definitely go check it out. 
You can find more information about the show here. If you’d like to purchase a zine, click here! Here’s the first spread from my zine, The Poké Life, I made for Light Grey Art Lab! I hid pokemon throughout each of them, can you find them all? Some of them are really tough, I apologize ;)
The show opened this past Friday, so if you’re in the Minneapolis area, you should definitely go check it out. 
You can find more information about the show here. If you’d like to purchase a zine, click here!
    High Resolution

    Here’s the first spread from my zine, The Poké Life, I made for Light Grey Art Lab! I hid pokemon throughout each of them, can you find them all? Some of them are really tough, I apologize ;)

    The show opened this past Friday, so if you’re in the Minneapolis area, you should definitely go check it out.

    You can find more information about the show here. If you’d like to purchase a zine, click here!

  15. Here’s the full cover for my zine, The Poké Life, I made for Light Grey Art Lab! All 151 are here, and I drew them from memory… it was really fun.
The show opened this past Friday, so if you’re in the Minneapolis area, you should definitely go check it out. There are ton of amazing zines, and I can’t wait to get my copies in the mail!
You can find more information about the show here. If you’d like to purchase a zine, click here!
I will be posting more images from the interior of the zine in the coming days. Here’s the full cover for my zine, The Poké Life, I made for Light Grey Art Lab! All 151 are here, and I drew them from memory… it was really fun.
The show opened this past Friday, so if you’re in the Minneapolis area, you should definitely go check it out. There are ton of amazing zines, and I can’t wait to get my copies in the mail!
You can find more information about the show here. If you’d like to purchase a zine, click here!
I will be posting more images from the interior of the zine in the coming days.
    High Resolution

    Here’s the full cover for my zine, The Poké Life, I made for Light Grey Art Lab! All 151 are here, and I drew them from memory… it was really fun.

    The show opened this past Friday, so if you’re in the Minneapolis area, you should definitely go check it out. There are ton of amazing zines, and I can’t wait to get my copies in the mail!

    You can find more information about the show here. If you’d like to purchase a zine, click here!

    I will be posting more images from the interior of the zine in the coming days.