Tell us a little about yourself.
I am the colorist for High Evolution’s comic book and pop culture art prints, and a digital artist in my own right. I am almost entirely self-taught, artistically, mostly because I can’t afford to take any classes. XD I am on the lookout to get a career in video game, film, or animation conceptual character design.
Who or what are your influences?
I would have to say that artistically I am most influenced by Japanese artist Shirow Masamune the creator of Ghost In the Shell and Appleseed. I am also heavily influenced by Tony and David Palumbo, friends on mine from junior high school who now are most well known for their artwork on Magic; the Gathering. And of course Stan Lee (who isn’t inspired by that man?)
Work ethic-wise I am inspired by Nolan Bushnell, the father of Atari video games, because that man didn’t let anything stop him from doing what he wanted to do. And also, perhaps mostly, by my friend, partner, and mentor-of-sorts, Craig “Old School” Blake, who was the first person to really employ my skills as a colorist, to show me how to best sell my work and market my skills, and encouraged me to pursue my dreams.
What subjects do you touch upon in your work? I love showing emotion, action and bright colors. I love doing work that shows people in dynamic poses with really interesting expressions on their faces. It allows the viewer to create a story in their own mind. I love that.
When I do colorwork for my partner, I try to make sure that the colors I’m working with match up to his illustration style. He typically chooses subjects from comic books and pop culture that are exciting and full of life, and I get a kind of joy from being able to use a wide range of vibrant colors to make the images pop off the page.
What is your most recent work?
My most recent work is the image I have posted on my Facebook page. It is simply called Gun Girl. I did that at a time when I felt like everything was pulling me down and a million different directions. I felt like no matter how haggard I became, I had to keep moving, to keep my teeth gritted and fight my way to higher ground. I am also working on a piece right now, that I am hoping to unveil at the zine fest.
What are you looking forward to most at the fest?
This will be the first time I will be working a table without my partner Old School with me, so it’s kind of a challenge, because it feels like the training wheels are off now. I am an artist in my own right, and it’s sink or swim. I’ll be selling the collaborative work I did him, as well as prints of my own original digital artwork. I guess it kind of feels like I’ll finally have a spotlight all my own, and I’m eager to see how the public receives me.