@kevinjaystanton

Instagram: @kevinjaystanton

 

1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

I’m a military brat who has lived in Germany, California, NJ, DC, VA, NYC, and is trying to move to London. A workaholic with a green thumb and an obsessive curiosity.

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2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

I like to use strong, warm colors and lots and lots of flowers. Garden-witchy.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

I work digitally (vectors and chalky photoshop stuff) and traditionally (acrylic and ink and markers and cut-paper). I don’t think I have a favorite medium to work in, just different approaches to different projects.

4. What is your artistic process like?

I thumbnail a lot – messy little pen and marker drawings that I learned a long time ago that no one else can decipher! Then I blow those up and refine them. I think that there’s sometimes a lot more energy in a thumbnail, and I try to keep those shapes in the final piece if possible.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

It sounds like a cop-out answer, but everything. Everything from mythology to renaissance paintings to the colors of the sky to D&D. My friends push me to push myself every day. I try to keep my eyes open and learn a little bit from everything I experience.

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

Art is a huge part of my life. It’s the reason I have the friends I do, it’s what my day revolves around. I think it changes how I see the world because I’m always looking for something interesting and inspiring in everything.

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7. Where did you study?

Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I have no idea, honestly – too many things are up in the air at the moment.

9. What about in ten?

Haha, even less of an idea!

10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

A big part of my art life has been about community building, and I want to continue that. The projects I’ve co-created, chiefly 1001 Knights and Burl&Fur, have been amazing opportunities to bring phenomenal artists together.Id also like to continue making work for surface and textile design – more notebooks with more intricate patterns, jackets with embroidery and patches, jewelry.

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11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

Bread and cheese in any number of combinations.

12. Favourite book?

Lirael by Garth Nix. I’ve always loved the Clayr’s Library in it, and Leo and Diane Dillon’s illustrated covers are exceptionally beautiful. In fact, they’re what drew my eye to the series in the first place, in a local bookstore – therefore a good example of the power illustration can have, I think.

13. Favourite genre of music?

Is melancholy pop a genre?

14. What are your hobbies?

Videogames, D&D, books, podcasts about D&D and mythology, and obsessively researching things.

15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

Hopefully work fulltime in a botanical garden. I’d love to do that part-time and do art as well, actually!

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