noun || yəNG ˈhefā
M. Saturday is an illustrator focusing on public figures and their style.
YJ: Has what you’re doing now been a life-long interest?
MS: Yeah definitely. I've always been interested in sneakers, shoes, sourcing magazines, and blogs. I've also been interested in how those images are translated and worn by people who absorb the images. I remember during the Nike/DUNK SB era, I used to check videos of shows, skate videos, etc. every day just to see how kids would rock their sneakers. I mainly wanted to know if they changed the laces or something. So yes, I have always been interested in shoes/fashion and illustration.
YJ: Where do you find inspiration, when needing it?
MS: RUNNING, every time my head is full of ideas and I don't know where to begin, I go running. Every morning I will go for a run with a podcast on (BLAMO, Failing Upwards, GQ CORPORATE LUNCH) listening to different opinions and visions inspire me.
YJ: If you could tell your younger self one thing about life, what would it be?
MS: Don't let anyone tell you that you cant do it! You are the only one that can take you where you want, DISCIPLINE AND PERSEVERANCE will define your path.
YJ: What are you still looking to achieve?
MS: I want to see my illustrations on a big wall of a Nike Store!
YJ: What do you think is different about your creative process?
MS: Everything I see and listen to inspires me and I use that towards my creative process. I used to doubt myself a lot, but as I said it's all about perseverance. Staying true to my craft, helped me create a creative process where I don't lose focus. Listening to people that wake up at 5 am to exercise and having those minutes of headspace, I have applied all of that to my process. I am constantly listening to different things and that allows me to change my process and it evolves from there. I do research on the person I am going to draw, I research how they dress, how they wear their pants and socks and paying attention to details help make my drawings unique.
YJ: What would you say to someone who may think that their talent is not an ideal career path?
MS: Sometimes a career gives you a stable place where you can launch your talent, thankfully I figured that out after years of being stuck in an office. You have to be smart and find a way for both your 9-5 and your passion compliment each other.
YJ: How do you pick the next influencer(s) you're going to illustrate next?
MS: It depends on what I'm into during that week. Sometimes I'm so INTO "hypebeast" merchandise and I look to draw anyone who is wearing the sneakers that drop that week. Then there are other times I'm into an article or magazine about Heidi Slimane or Raf Simmons and I look to illustrate someone who represents fashion and brands! So I search through Instagram for someone that fits.
YJ: What’s been your favorite project in your career so far?
MS: The MR.PORTER/NET-A-PORTER holiday cards. I've wanted to collaborate with them since I've started illustrating.
YJ: What are 3 activities still left on your bucket list?
MS: Illustrate for any printed magazine (I can't wait to show that to my kid when he gets older), run a full marathon (I just finished a half marathon), illustrate for any Japanese Brand that will take me to Japan.
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