5 & 3/4 Questions
1. Describe yourself and your work.
I’m an independent artist and illustrator, as well as someone who definitely spends too much time contemplating this rather fascinating human existence. I like to question the unknown. I enjoy thinking about the cosmos, and I appreciate the humbling perspective that it provides. When I think of my existence from a cosmic perspective, it’s rather fascinating that we as human beings exist on this pale blue dot amongst millions of other living organisms. Personally, there is so much that seems so vague and perplexing about this human existence, but the fact that I exist here, now, on this planet, creating artwork that I enjoy making and that is also there for others to appreciate—that fact alone makes me feel both incredibly grateful and in some strange way, very perplexed.
2. How did you get started?
I drew a lot as a kid. The act of making something out of lines or shapes was very fascinating to me, so I kept that fascination alive.
3. What piece of work best represents you and why?
I feel like my identity is constantly being shaped and reshaped by many influences, some of which I’m aware of, while some are much more subtle, unconscious. This means that each artwork is a window into who I was at the time of creating that piece, which does not necessarily hold true today. But in a general sort of way, I believe that my Nebula piece [above, center] represents my hunger for exploring the unknown, a realm that for me personally can feel both fascinating and mundane at the same time.
4. What are you into currently?
Within the context of my personal art, I’m currently experimenting with new content and new techniques. The goal is to see how I can evolve, improve, and push what I can do. In addition to my art, and finding ways to celebrate life whenever possible, I’ve also been trying to get through a very interesting book titled Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace. David predicted so much about what Western society would become that, in many ways, his predictions are kind of eerie to read.
5. What are three things you’ve learned that young creatives should know?
I will share more than three things I’ve learned:
- Create new work every day. If you are uninspired, just doodle freely, and see what comes out of you when you aren’t overthinking.
- Share your work online.
- Learn to talk about your work in a concise manner.
- Be professional when working with clients: finish client work on time, answer client emails in a timely fashion, and answer emails in a professional tone.
- Find the time to live your life to better understand who you are; it will give you more content to pull from when creating your work.
- Stay inquisitive about the world around you.
- Experiment, and don’t be afraid to fail.
- As a creative, you will spend a lot of time creating on your own. So learn to be at peace with yourself in solitude.
5¼. Favorite color? I tend to like colors that feel timeless, so black, gray, and white. Once in a while I’ll add some vibrant colors like red.
5½. Favorite website? YouTube: Whether I want to listen to some music, a podcast, an audiobook, or a documentary, or even get lost in the weird corners of YouTube watching videos of animal attacks or conspiracy theories at 3 a.m., YouTube provides it all in one place.
5¾. Pet peeve? Arrogance and ignorance, especially when these two traits come packaged together.
May 17, 2016
Illustrations: Boris Pelcer, courtesy of the artist