Read our interview and peep some exclusive artwork, below.
When did you first start getting into illustration?
I’ve been an artist my whole life; this project, in particular, began around last July. I had been doing a lot of screenprinting work and collage work and nothing was turning out the way I wanted. Like, I had made tons of good work before, but I was just in such a rut for months. And then, I forget what even triggered it in my brain, but I was like, ‘I wanna make a line drawing.’ So, I did. I went to photo school, so I had a ton of photo gels lying around my apartment. So, I thought, ‘I’m going to collage color onto this,’ and then I put the finished piece on Instagram, and people liked it. So, I just didn’t stop making them.
So, the idea for line drawings just kind of popped into your head and you were like ‘I’ll work with the materials I have on hand, let’s do this.’
Yeah! I honestly feel like I’ve been giving myself the idiot’s illustration degree over the last year.
We’ll call it ‘self-taught.’ I’m the same way with shoot production and other little
endeavors I’ve found myself involved in.
Exactly—it’s pretty easy to teach yourself these things. And hell, I’m already 200 grand in the hole from school—I don’t need to go back. So, over this last year-and-a-half or so, I’ve been collaging onto the illustrations, using my Copic markers that are crazy stupid expensive. I’ve also been teaching myself watercolors. Just trying to spread out—I very much like to be the kind of artist where it’s like, ‘Throw a medium at me, I will make something happen.’
The subject matter and the results are always so you—they definitely have your signature on them. Lots of nudes and lots of sexy dudes.
And I like to be a little funny with it.
Tell me about your process for choosing your subjects—are you just imagining these scenarios or working from models?
Well, obviously, I am my own best model. I take a lot of self portraits—sometimes it’s obvious that the subject is me and sometimes I change things around to make it not look like me. I take a lot of inspiration from amateur Tumblr—I love amateur Tumblr.
Sometimes, I’ll just just get a really specific idea and I will scour the internet for reference photos and just collage everything together to make this new image. So, yeah, I make use of a lot of reference imagery which I then draw. Sometimes drawings that I make are the product of six or seven different images that I just mashed together into this Frankenstein monster. For example, there’s that drawing I have on my Instagram right now of the gay witch with a dildo broom—that’s the product of about six different images that I sourced and the base image was drawn from a guy on a stripper pole. I try to find ways around making things as easy as possible for myself—like, I turned a stripper into a witch on a broom.
Are there certain details you look for across different reference materials? Like, a certain kind of dick or certain kind of model?
I get very specific ideas sometimes, so usually, I’m looking for [a certain reference] and just scrolling for hours for the right one, or I’m spending like two and half hours taking one. Also, for a while, I was taking submissions from my Instagram followers, which was really fun. It was a little nuts because I got a lot of them, but then it became a problem because it was all I was doing—I wanted to make people happy.