What do you do?
I’m an illustrator!
Describe your art.
Loud, ironic, nostalgic.
What inspires you?
Songs from the bands I creepily crush on, late 80s/90s everything, plastic objects, colour, bold patterns, crazy type, so many things.
Do you have a favourite piece?
Tony Tempo – a commission I did for Aidy Bryant from Saturday Night Live for her comedian boyfriend Conner O’Malley’s birthday. The funnest of fun to draw, and I’m super proud of it.
When do you find yourself being most creative?
Always in the middle of the night when I am sleep deprived and should be in bed, ironically.
What puts you in the mood to create?
A Tumblr/Instagram bender, or some loud/good music.
What are you working on right now?
An illustration for the online mag I contribute to; Greasy.
What do you think appeals to people about your work?
I think it’s lightheartedness and how I poke a bit of fun. Also the nostalgia. Nostalgia is, well, nostalgic!
How long will you sit with a piece until it’s finished?
It really depends on the job, but most of my pieces only take a couple hours.
Describe your creative process.
First I’ll write down some ideas of what my brain is thinking, and possibly draw some thumbnails. I’ll then find appropriate reference photos for the piece, or take reference photos myself, and pop them in a photoshop file to draw from. I then draw from that in pencil to get the image right, then pen/copic it; the best part by far.
What was the inspiration/influence that directed you to this path?
Ever since I can remember I would spend most of my time drawing. Whether it be pictures of girls in cool outfits or 5000 different variations of my name in different type, I think I was born with illustrator blood. I’ve also always had 150% encouragement from my family and friends to keep drawing, too.
What tools do you use?
Artline pen, copic markers, pencil for drawing outline.
When did you find your style? The moment in which your work had your mark of recognition on it?
I found it just under two years ago when 3 of my friends and I started an illustration blog, Real Cool Time. For years I was illustrating just in lead pencil or painting, or doing typography work in pen separate to the pencil work/paintings. As much as I enjoyed illustrating in those mediums, I felt these mediums weren’t really portraying my subject matter in the way I visualised in my mind, yet it was a scary thought to try something new and if it was what I wanted it to come out like. It took me a long time to realise after doodling in my sketchbooks with type in pen and copic markers that using those mediums were bringing a whole new life to my work. We started the blog as more of an experimental outlet for us, which I was excited for, so I started doing pen/marker illustrations, but stuck with it for the entire life of the blog as I felt like I had actually found what I had been searching for in my work for a really long time.
What do you want people to take from your work?
I want people to smirk and maybe think “hey, that’s pretty cool” . That’s enough for me!
What do you hope happens in the next year?
Hoping to travel back to America to stuff myself full of inspiration and buffalo wings.
What’s one thing we should know about you?
When I was a kid I had a crush on Tim Curry in the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Yeah.
Where can we find your stuff?
On all these sites on the webs: