Meet Trevor, Executive Art Director here at GoldieBlox. In this post, Trevor tells us about his influences as an illustrator and designer, how he came to GoldieBlox, and why he’s passionate about the work he does every day.
I’ve been drawing characters for as long as I can remember, creating a world that I want to live in. In my world, I’ve always worked with women. The first woman who showed me what I was capable of is my mom. My mom is an independent and strong willed woman. She started her own business, she’s a real go getter, and I learned my perseverance from her.
There was no specific lesson my mom ingrained in me, about who women are or what they can do; I learned by watching how she lived her life. Whether it was my favorite art teacher in high school, or my wife and partner in crime Andrea, I’ve learned the true value of incorporating the female perspective into my work.
As I started my career I worked at countless agencies and production companies creating all types of content. In animation, much of my job was creating entertainment for entertainment’s sake. When Andrea and I were offered a contract with GoldieBlox, I had a glimpse of the purpose that my art could serve. I knew I could have the potential to create something really good at its core, something that changes the way people see girls, and the way girls see themselves.
You see, there’s one girl who’s had my heart since the moment she was born: My niece, Naomi. I’ve always seen Naomi as capable of accomplishing anything she sets her mind to, but I also know that not everyone sees things that way. In art school I was surrounded by countless incredible women, many of whom were the best in our class. I may not have always been the most vocal feminist, but I have never questioned the capability of a person based on their gender.
The world that Andrea and I create at GoldieBlox, it’s both of us. I draw things and Andrea adds to them, Andrea draws things and I give feedback. My vision adds color to one aspect, and her vision adds color to another. Our partnership is why I believe in what GoldieBlox is doing. If I say I work at GoldieBlox and talk to girls about it, their ears perk up. When I talk to men, they become aware that the lack of women in engineering is an issue. It takes men and women to make our mission a reality.
The radical essence of all of this is that we need each other. We all need each other to make great things happen. I’m lucky to spend each day with the woman I love, bringing to life a world that I believe in.