Tell us how your journey started as an artist?
I started very young. I can remember drawing a picture of Roger Rabbit at the age of 7. I showed my parents and they thought it was decent enough to put me in art classes.
Your artwork is mainly of Hip Hop artists, how do you select the artists you want to draw?
There are so many artists on my list for the future. I have not even come close to finishing everyone I want to draw. For the most part, I draw who I enjoy listening to. I also listen to their music while I am drawing them. I also select musicians that have upcoming shows in my area. This is because, every now and again, I try to get my portraits signed by the musician I have done a drawing of.
How long does one piece of art take you to create, and what are the techniques you use?
Hmmm. That really depends. A lot of my skateboard art/designs are very layered with a lot of coloring involved. Therefore, my skateboard work takes the longest. As far as my portrait work goes–I always start in the beginning of the week in the evening time. It usually takes three nights. Each night involves about 3–6 hours of straight drawing. I’d say no more than 20 hours a portrait. When it comes to technique, I’m pretty much self-taught so my technique came naturally. In short, a lot of my technique involves color blending.
What are your biggest influences that have helped you create your style?
That depends. If we are talking about teachers, I’d say my college professors gave me the most creative flexibility/freedom during assignments. They influenced me to stay true to myself. So, I’d say that when I got my bachelor’s degree–this is when my own style truly developed. But, if we are talking about outside influences or interests that I enjoy, one would obviously notice that my artwork is heavily influenced by music and skateboarding. I am also influenced by other contemporary art and artists.
Who are your favourite Hip Hop artists and why?
That is a hard question to answer. There are so many to choose from. I’d say the group that has held the most longevity in my collection is the Beastie Boys. I have been listening to them for years and every time I revisit one of their albums none of them ever seem to get old. I’m into Boom Bap hip hop (a lot of the golden era, earlier stuff). And to me, all of the Beastie’s albums are bangers. A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang are up there too.
Have you ever met any of the artists you have drawn in person?
Yes, quite a few actually, I mentioned that in a previous question. I have pictures of a lot of these encounters on my Instagram page.
Art is a strong form of expression. What is the message you hope to send out through your work?
Wow.…this is a tough one. There are so many ways to answer this. I could write a lot about this one. In a nutshell, I’d say do what you enjoy as much as you can.
Have you got any exhibitions or upcoming projects planned?
Ha ha. I have had many exhibitions in the past but nothing planned for the future (at the moment). If anyone is reading this and knows of any upcoming exhibitions or projects you believe I am the right fit for, please let me know.
What do you like to do when you are not drawing?
I enjoy my friends, my family, and a good jog in my neighborhood. I am also always on the hunt for the next best burrito or hamburger.
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