The second installment of Artists in Focus features talented Boston-based artist and entrepreneur, Nick Iby, who turned his drawing hobby into a business. Since really diving in and using art as an outlet for his negative feelings, he has organically developed a unique style and brand.
By following this passion and listening to people around him, he has been able to develop designs and products that represent him as a person. The 21-year-old isn't exactly sure where this endeavor will lead, but he's excited about the opportunity and the possibilities of Adfectu Artwork.
"Collaboration, in my eyes, is one of the most important things. Finding other people that share that creative passion with you is unlike any connection that I have found."
Following the Art Path
Nick began drawing back in high school, but he started in earnest only a few years ago. He started using art as an outlet to cope with the challenges and difficulties he was facing in his personal life. Using this as a catalyst, he continued to create drawings and doodles in his free time. At one point, his college roommate suggested selling his drawings online. Nick realized that it was a great idea and opportunity. Adfectu Artwork was born.
From there, Nick took advice and suggestions from people around him as he continued creating art. His brand eventually snowballed into a clothing line. He now sells everything from t-shirts to yoga pants to phone cases. He had no idea that drawing alone in his room would turn into something big.
Check out more clothing designs on the Adfectu website—custom designs available upon request
Nick's Advice for Creatives
When I started all of this, I had no idea I would end up here. I was just drawing alone in my room trying to escape any bad feelings I was having. As strange as this sounds, I think it's important to keep that sense of not really having a plan. Let things flow. Let things happen as they come.