You don’t wind up on Forbes 30 Under 30 list by accident.

It takes hard work, determination and talent. All three of which Armando Veve has in spades.

Armando is a Philadelphia-based artist and illustrator. His work has been featured in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Wired and many more publications. He’s also been awarded two gold medals from the Society of Illustrators, which is extra special given that it’s voted on by his peers.

It involves a lot of storytelling. It’s kind of like I’m writing. I’m a writer, but I do it through pictures.

We discussed how Armando got his start as an Illustrator, some projects he’s had along the way and advice he has for wannabe illustrators. We also talked about the opportunities he has for his work to come off the page and into art galleries, which creates a new experience for the viewer. Lastly, Aramando clues us in as to what his future might hold.

  • 2:37 – On what it means to be an illustrator
  • 5:16 – Talking about beginning his career as an illustrator
  • 13:24 – The purpose that print publications still serve
  • 21:30 – When he knew his passion was a viable career option and advice for others looking to do it
  • 27:10 – The New York Times cover story he said no to