Eric Rosner Draws on Nostalgia
Like many people nowadays, Eric Rosner is nostalgic about yesteryear—not those halcyon days of the ‘90s, but even further back, when the streets of Manhattan were still paved with cobblestone and echoing with the voices of newsboys hawking their last papers.
“In 1880, Herald Square was what Silicon Valley is today. Houdini lived there, Tesla lived there. It was the place to be,” the artist explains. Despite being born in a different century, Eric is able to channel this nostalgia into his inimitable ink marker illustrations.
Once a pre-med student in college (“that didn’t work out”), Eric found himself doing more drawing than studying. “I used markers because that was what I could afford. I never thought of it as a career—just a diversion.” Then he moved to New York City, where he found himself drawn to the people on the streets. At that point the buildings were just background filler setting the scene, but people and place in tandem began to plant a seed.
Flash forward a few years and Eric is working for MTV as a 3D animator. Inspired by the wireframes he draws for his day job, Eric decides to apply that style to his marker illustrations. The result? His completely one-of-a-kind illustration style.
Another major change Eric began to incorporate into his work was shifting the focus from the human subjects to architecture. “Everyone loves old buildings,” the artist explains, “and when people looked at my work, they were more drawn to the background architecture than the people.” That was all he needed to make a change: Eric got such a good reaction from this shift in focus that he decided to turn his passion into a full-time career.
Now, Eric’s art is on display all over the world, from the walls of CB2 (a division of Crate & Barrel) to MoMA Design Stores in New York City and Tokyo. Buoyed by his uniqueness and talent, Eric’s work is gaining serious traction.
What’s next for the talented illustrator? Eric plans to move further into the vogue-driven world of ads and see if his style can spark a change. “It’s been a trend in advertising for illustrations to be minimal and white. I’m trying to shake things up.”
Click here to view more of Eric’s fantastic ink marker illustrations.