Young Guns 16: Nick Little
By Brett McKenzie on Nov 01, 2018
Showcasing the incredible winners of Young Guns 16
After months of decisions, discussions and debate, The One Club For Creativity is thrilled to unveil the winners of Young Guns 16! These 30 art directors, illustrators, filmmakers, photographers and designers of all types stood above all in this career-making, globe-spanning portfolio-based competition.
Ahead of the Young Guns 16 Ceremony + Party taking place on November 15, we are shining a spotlight on the various superstars who will be honored that evening.
What does winning Young Guns mean to you?
It can get lonely being a freelancer. It's easy to feel like an imposter. Having some external validation from peers and professionals that I admire feels really nice. Also, I haven't won a trophy since I went to Archery Camp when I was twelve.
How did you decide what to enter into Young Guns? Was it a challenge to curate yourself?
I actually love curating my work. Sometimes it feels better to delete an old project than to post a new one. All of the illustrations that I picked were animated GIFs, because I enjoy making those so much. Most of the projects that I entered were also commissioned by an art director. Maybe I just work better with a prompt and some constraints.
Can you name any past Young Guns winners who you look up to, whose work you admire or are even inspired by?
There are so many! But I'm a big fan of Julian Glander (YG13), Joohee Yoon (YG13), Daniel Zender (YG13) and Armando Veve (YG15).
What keeps you going, creatively speaking?
I require A LOT of attention. So much attention. I have keep making new things to get more attention. I wish I were kidding.
Now that you’re a Young Guns winner, what’s next?
Honestly, who knows. I'm still enjoying illustration very much, but I'd also like to set aside some time for a long-term personal project. Maybe something interactive, maybe a series of related images, or maybe I'll just start playing World of Warcraft again instead. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know in the comments below.
The Young Guns 16 Ceremony & Party takes place on Thursday, November 15 in New York City.