Who is Popephoenix? Popephoenix is the moniker of William Pope. After learning my name is synonymous with art & design and many other illustrators have the same name. I came to the decision; in order to stand out in a crowd of artistic men named William Pope I had to assume a pen name. Popephoenix was born… or resurrected. Which ever is cooler in your head.
Where did you go to school? Popephoenix is a graduate of the University of Barnes & Noble, where I taught myself illustration, web design and graphic design. Graduating Valedictorian of my class, I have worked hard to prove my talent to employers who only respect a diploma.
What is the benefit of being Self-taught? I have always felt my education was a hindrance but in reality it’s my greatest asset. It has allowed me to find new avenues to achieve outstanding results with every project I’ve worked on, while other designers/artists rely only one what they were taught.
Where has Popephoenix worked? The determination to be an artist has allowed me to work within many fields: magazines, fashion, non-profit, animation, as well as web design. My latest endeavor in fashion has placed my designs on the shelves of Old Navy, Target, Walmart as well as other retailers across the country.