1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
I’m just another doodler in this world full of creative people. I’m 24, I’m from Seattle, WA. I guess one thing I can say is that I remember at a really young age being constantly drawn to creative outlets. Drawing is the one that really stuck.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
I’m stoked on a more hand-drawn feel that strikes an interesting balance between extreme minimalism and too much detail. My personal stuff lives somewhere in that world. Client work doesn’t always work out that way.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?
I enjoy most mediums, I enjoy most forms of creativity. Digital illustration & animation pay the bills, so that’s where most of my time is spent. I grew up with just paper and a pencil so traditional will always have a warm spot in my heart.
4. What is your artistic process like?
My process is mostly me doing spending enough time on something that it goes from absolutely terrible to kinda okay. Get paid. Rinse and repeat. I find myself hating most of my stuff – more often now than before. That keeps me on my toes and always pushing forward.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
I’m inspired by what’s happening in the industry mainly, the people who are better than I am. I also take inspiration from other forms of art. I think I’m a product of my surroundings. I’m not sure my stuff has anything unique to say, not yet anyway. I’m sorta regurgitating everything I see online and spitting it back out. One day I’ll take more risks, I think that’s when you find yourself as a creative. For now, I got a wife and kid so I’ll do what it takes to pay the rent. Working in the advertising industry and being a ‘real’ artist doesn’t really jive.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
Art is huge, I wake up and try my best to make it every day. I certainly consume it every day, at an alarming rate probably. I take it for granted more than I should. I still love feeling like I did something new, or when I start with an absolutely blank canvas and come out with something I’m half proud of. That’s always one of the coolest feelings. But I also think its less about the actual output, more about just experiencing genuine creative moments. Those will always be rad.
7. Where did you study?
Didn’t go to college. I am not a fan of traditional education, I just learned through trial and error.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Five years is tough to say, who knows what state the creative industry will be in. Maybe things will only get busier and busier, I would be running a studio, or multiple in 5 years. If not, hopefully adapted and am still doing something creative. If not, maybe at Wal-mart?
9. What about in ten?
Ten years, ill hopefully just be enjoying my family. If I’m successful at that stage in my life, even better. I’ll creates stuff If people still are willing to pay me or not. But by then, I think perspective changes drastically.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
I don’t really care. I just want to be happy, and making stuff is a big part of that in my life. That changes though. Sometimes I found myself wanting to be respected, other times wanting to make more money, & other times just wanting to get better at the craft. I definitely don’t have any desire to be famous or known, just live a full life.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?
Favorite food is Italian, probably americanized Italian though. Ice cream, sugar ha. Food is a huge vice for me.
12. Favourite book?
Not sure, not good at favorites. Also not really good at sitting down to read. I would like to more often though.
13. Favourite genre of music?
I like most music. Any song from any artist in any genre could hit me at an exact right moment and Id love it. I have no loyalty whatsoever when it comes to music. I listen to hip hop and electronic music the most Id say. Those are polar opposites, but they were two of my biggest influences growing up.
14. What are your hobbies?
I like hanging with my family. I love skateboarding, and am doing it more often these days. If I’m not drawing, that’s where I’ll be.
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
I would be working wherever, probably super unhappy. I’ve been blessed, stoked to get to make stuff.