Adrian Rubin is an established freelance creative director based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Adrian has been the main freelance creative director for several types of companies, both high-profile and startups. He has been in the creative industry for more than a decade and is deeply interested in the fast-evolving pace of arts and design.

Now that there are more opportunities to express art in different forms and means, Adrian Rubin is looking forward to generating more ideas for his clients. At present, he focuses on digital design and marketing, which allowed him to hone his skills aligned with the present modern culture.

Having a passion for the arts has allowed Mr. Rubin to develop strong creative hobbies.

What is your hobby?

I do what I love, and I love what I do. My life has been art and art has always become a part of my life. I enjoy sketching as my past time, both through a drawing pad or in my digital tablet, which I have been using to help my clients for the last couple of years.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I can remember being young as 6 years old and asking my parents to buy me the biggest set of Crayola. I loved having art materials as a gift, whether they were drawing pads, oil pastels, paint brushes. I love being in the quiet and making the sketches come alive. I guess starting out at a young age has developed my skills over time. Some people would be into sports, reading, or music to de-stress. I guess I could say that sketching has always been my go-to to relieve stress from daily responsibilities.

Tell us what you love about it.

The difference between drawing or sketching on my own compared to fulfilling a client’s order is the creative independence I get to have. Although a lot of companies that I have worked with allow me to express my creative side, of course, I had to abide by their rules. It’s not all the time that I get to have that personal touch. With my hobby, this is something that is “truly me”, and I get to fully express my artistic side without having to follow through another person’s wishes. Don’t get me wrong, I love working with my clients. It’s just that an artist also needs time to develop his craft independently.

Are there any groups you’re a part of, or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Back in college, I used to join an art organization. I enjoyed it a lot because I got to meet with other artists whom I’ve learned several creative styles from. We would have exhibits sponsored by our organizations showcasing our art, including paintings, photography, or video presentations. A good friend of mine became a museum curator, and some of them also focused on the digital design industry.

Have you had to invest in equipment, and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

As a freelance creative director, I have to invest in a lot of high-technology design tools. At present, I own the latest Wacom Intuos, and it has helped me greatly with conveying sketches and design ideas for my clients. I currently work with a T-shirt company who consistently asks me for new design ideas. This is where my Wacom Intuos is put to use, and it has been a great convenience for me.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I purchase most of my products online, especially when it comes to gadgets. As for specialty tools, I go to my local community art store in Philly to get the best deals for my supplies. The owner knows me, and he gives me a special discount on my usual needs.

Are there any good books for beginners?

If you’re an absolute beginner trying to draw or sketch, I recommend a book called Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson. This book is about learning how to sketch more proportionately and being able to integrate your touch depending on the style that you want to achieve.

How has this changed your life?

This book has allowed me to note the slight differences that make a drawing style different from another one. Since I have clients which have varying preferences, this book has helped me adapt from these style shifts.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

My advice to beginners is just to start on it. A lot of people are hesitant to try out a new hobby fearing that they won’t be as good as they expected. I’m telling you, the passion is what makes the hobbyist, and not the skill. The skill is only developed over time.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I love incorporating nature into my art, so recently I have enjoyed hiking and trekking during my travels. It gives me a fresh perspective and allows me to be physically active which is very helpful as a freelancer.