What process do you use to create your images?
I create my images by using a mixture of Adobe Flash and Photoshop. Lately I've also been using Procreate and Adobe's new platform called Fresco on my iPad.
I approach images differently depending on my mood of the day…sometimes I want to do actual drawing, so I’ll sketch something out first in flash and color it all there, sometimes I feel more like painting and start directly with color blocks in Photoshop. I also go back and forth between the two softwares, sometimes while working on the same piece.
And when I really feel like it, I use plain old pencils and paper.
What inspires you the most?
Every day life. My daughter and my twin boys, my wife, our dog, my friends and my work. Sometimes I’ll be biking down the street and see something that I like and it will wind up in the next sketch. Sometimes it’s being at the supermarket or giving a bath to my daughter and she looks at me and smiles. It lasts for a second, but the memory of it stays with me for a long time. These are the things that interest me the most.
The more I create images, do animation, tell stories, the more things I seem to discover. The really funny thing is that after so many years, I can still be surprised by looking at the same street corner that I have passed every day for the past few years. The more you do, the more you see.
If you do want to get better, if you really want to find your own style, and start having fun with your art, it is all about actually DRAWING! And drawing in your sketchbook, every day, is really the first step you need to do.
The second one is SHOW YOUR SKETCHES! I know it’s scary to show your personal work because, in a way, you feel like you are exposing yourself to people, and the fear of judgment is a terrible feeling. But you’ll be surprised to find out that people will react favorably, and will give you feedback that you NEED to grow as an artist.
Additionally, the more you draw and the more you share your work, the more you will inspire your peers and people around you, and the more motivated you’ll get.
Lastly….art and talent is not a gift from god. I don’t subscribe at all at all to this point of view. The art of drawing is purely mechanical. The more you practice, the better you get. There’s no secret involved, no formulas, no crutch. If you want to become an artist…DRAW! Don’t look for formulas and shortcuts.
And enjoy your life, have tons of experiences, and draw from them to create your own art.
Will you make art for my band, friend or special event?
I am always humbled by your request for these types of images. I take every request on a case by case basis, however admittedly my time has been extremely limited lately so it’s rare that I’m able to say yes.
Will you alter/change/redraw a sketch to fit my needs?
The way that I draw my daily sketches is very spontaneous and like a performance. If you need something special, please send in a commission request.
Who are you influenced by?
Artists of course, and if you want names, I would say Rockwell, Wyeth, Remington, Renoir, Rembrandt, Kiraz, just to name a few, but I’m mostly influenced by everyday events. By the people that are around me, such as my wife and my children, my friends and coworkers, the barista at the coffee shop, and the cashier at the grocery store.
I also get inspired by the sites I go through every day. I really think that the best inspiration comes from what is right in front of you and not in some remote corner of the net, or in someone else’s drawings.
How long have you been working as an artist?
I have been doing professional art continuously since the end of 2000. Before that, I had had some paid art jobs, but I wasn’t making a living out of them, and I was still going to school.
What is your favorite kind of project?
I like projects that let me tell stories, and that are not obvious answers. For instance….when I’m asked to draw a house that should look like this and this, I generally am bored. When I’m asked to figure out where a certain character lives, and try to come up with ideas for how long he’s been there, then it becomes storytelling for me. This applies both to animation and design.
Anytime I get the chance to problem solve and do some storytelling, I’m happy.