DRES13 / INTERVIEW
20 January 2012


Currently I live and work in Orlando, Florida. By day I work as an art director at an advertising agency, and freelance as an illustrator/designer during off hours. I also occasionally enjoy getting my work up on the street. In the future I would like to be able to focus on illustration and make a living solely on my own work. Possibly avoid the advertising industry altogether....

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Who´s the first artist/photographer that comes to your mind first?

One of my favorites has always been Charles Burns. I've been a fan of his work since around the time I was 9 or 10 years old. His illustrations have had a pretty big influence on my drawings despite the inability to ever hold a candle to his impeccable linework. Still, it gives me something to strive for. I think what I really like is how Burns can illustrate the most ugly things but render them beautifully. Some of my other inspirations are Jack Kirby, Alphonse Mucha, Winsor McCay, and recently the work of contemporary guys like Tomer Hanuka, James Jirat Patradoon, and the Broken Fingaz crew.


Tell us a little bit about yourself, where do you come from and where is your journey going to?

Currently I live and work in Orlando, Florida. By day I work as an art director at an advertising agency, and freelance as an illustrator/designer during off hours. I also occasionally enjoy getting my work up on the street. In the future I would like to be able to focus on illustration and make a living solely on my own work. Possibly avoid the advertising industry altogether.


How would you describe your style?

I would call it a graphic blend of illustration and design sensibilities. There's usually an emphasis on line art drawings, collaged with typographic elements and design motifs.


Your house is on fire, what do you save?

Yikes. Assuming my family is safe and sound- probably my laptop bag and as much of my book collection as I could carry.


Something you want the world to know about you?

About me personally- nothing really. The work I do is the extension of myself that I am willing to put out there, so I hope that people can read enough into the art to come to their own conclusions about who I am and what I believe in.


Tell us a song that has haunted you.

There have been quite a few, but the first one that comes to mind is always "Dream Scream" by Daniel Johnston. The sound of this song feels as though it could be the soundtrack to a bizarre reoccurring dream and the lyrics definitely tug on a few heartstrings. In general, there's such a profundity in the simplicity and honesty in Johnston's songs.


What keeps you motivated and inspires you go to on every day?

Aside from the inherent compulsion to make things, just knowing that each new illustration, freelance job, commission, or exhibition is one step closer to the prospect of doing what I really love for a living. Also, being the provider for my family helps me to stay grounded and focused on the hustle. Nothing good comes easily, it's the hustle that brings prosperity.


What did you want to be with 13?

At age 13 I wanted to be an animator. I would spend all day making my own flip books and story boards. As I got older, it seemed the industry was changing and CGI was becoming the big thing, and somewhere down the line I just lost interest in making moving pictures.


How have you handled the business side of being an artist?

It's definitely been a learning process- and continues to be. With freelance work, there's a lot of negotiating and setting terms, as well as with curators and promoters. Everyone wants something for next to nothing, so you have to develop a sense for the business side of things to protect your work and secure compensation. It's definitely an important aspect, unless you're okay with getting by on favors.


What can we accept from you in 2012, any concrete plans?

So far, nothing- which I'm not complaining about. This year, my resolution is to take more introspective time to develop and grow as an artist. By 2013, I'd like to be a better illustrator, designer, muralist and overall creative. 2012 is about growth and expansion.


italian or chinese?

I'm kind of a picky eater, so my palate can be limited at times. Italian is usually a safe bet for me. But you know - sometimes you just gotta have some sweet and sour chicken out of a styrofoam tray.













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