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Conversations with Marshall Childs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marshall Childs.

Hi Marshall, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I started making art as a kid. I was given the opportunity to draw the cover art for a bulletin at my church. When I viewed my artwork in the hands of the congregation, I felt a sense of joy at the realization that multiple people can enjoy my work.

That is what propelled me to become a graphic designer so that my artwork can be seen and useful to as many people as possible. As a full-time graphic designer, I worked on many projects, such as working with a team where my role was to create all of the bus signs in Baltimore city. I have also written and illustrated a children’s book.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
No, it hasn’t been a smooth road. The earliest struggle I ran into was in college. I attended VCU my freshman year. At the end of my freshman year, the VCUarts program choose my major to be Painting and Printmaking when I went to the school to major in Graphic Design. I decided to transfer to Salisbury University my sophomore year to pursue graphic design.

I believe not getting my major at VCU pushed me to work harder to become a graphic designer. I worked as an intern or a graphic design assistant for 9 companies before I graduated. One of those internships ended up becoming the full-time job I currently have.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a graphic designer, photographer, videographer, painter, and author. I like to say I specialize in making ugly things look better. I am most proud of my children’s book “Fizzy Fred’s Arena.” This book includes a dozen of my paintings. It is a combination of the work and things I have seen throughout my life. My paintings are all from images I have taken.

My graphic design skills were used to create interesting page layouts and computer illustrations throughout the book. And the promotions I have created gave me a chance to do some video work too.

What’s next?
My future plans are to get into the festival market. Next year I plan to have a booth at multiple art festivals and farmers markets. Also, I plan to write and illustrate another book. As always I will continue to paint.


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Image Credits
Valini Balram

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1 Comment

  1. Jane Matthews

    December 27, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    So proud of you Marshall. I told your Father Amazon never sent your first book. Well so much that. Like most Asbuyan I can remember you as a tiny little fellow just walking around with Mother just absorbing what your parents was interested in.
    My Husband and I was so proud of your mother accomplishments. Rev Matthews pastor there fo twelve year.

    Please send us the New Book..

    Thank You,

    Mrs. Matthews

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