Paul Vismara graduated from Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA) in 1989 and has been solving visual problems for his clients ever since. His clients include Anheuser-Busch, Ernst & Young, Fidelity Investments, Forbes , McGraw-Hill, Newsweek, Prentice Hall, PricewaterhouseCooper, Reader's Digest, Simon & Schuster, Thomson Learning, TIAA-CREF, United States Postal Service, U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal and Xerox.


  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Ernst & Young
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Forbes
  • McGraw-Hill
  • Newsweek
  • Prentice Hall
  • PricewaterhouseCooper
  • Reader's Digest
  • Simon & Schuster
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Thomson Learning
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • United States Postal Service
  • Xerox

Q & A

What do you regard as the highest point of creative fulfillment?
I suppose it would be when a client tells me I can do whatever I want, I do just that, and then they hire me again and tell me, again, I can do whatever I want.

What was your most difficult assignment?
See above.

Through what creative process do you get your best ideas?
Lying on the floor with no sound.

Which artist’s compliment would mean the most to you?
I appreciate any compliment.

Other than working as an illustrator, what would be your favorite job?
Bartender at a multi-tap beer bar. I love beer and know tons about beer and brewing.

What natural gift would you most like to possess?
The ability to fly.

If you had to live in a world with just one color, what would it be?
Black; everybody looks good in black.

Who is your favorite artist?
Charles Edenshaw.

Who is your favorite illustrator?
N.C. Wyeth.

What is your favorite time period?
Between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m., when it’s quiet and time dissolves.