For years, the awesome art we’ve found floating around the net has been about just two things: fantastic art and the artists who create it. With that in mind, we thought why not dedicate the first week of the month to show these amazing artists even more? Welcome to “Exceptional Artist We Found Around the Net”. In this column, we will focus on an artist and the extraordinary art he creates, whether amateur, emerging or established. The goal is to discover these artists so that even more people become familiar with them. Let’s ask these artists a few questions to see their origins, influences and more. If you are a fantastic artist or know someone who should be featured, please feel free to contact me at any time at [email protected]This month we are very pleased to introduce you to the fantastic art of
Sean was born and raised in Long Island, New York. He has created and studied art all my life. Since graduating from Hofstra University, he has pursued his passion for him in all possible forms. Sean’s clients include Howard Johnson Hotels, Saf-T-Swim swim schools, Society Inc., Century 21 Real Estate, and various businesses and clients throughout Long Island and New York City.
JOBLO: What got you started as an artist?
SEAN: It’s hard to say what made me “get started” because I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest memories were those step-by-step “How to Draw Pokémon” books that I just devoured as a kid. Growing up I was really dull and just wanted to draw, and things like painting and color didn’t make sense to me, but luckily in the middle of college my professors put their foot down and said I had to add some new tools to the repertoire, and I forced to learn to paint. A painful experience that I am eternally grateful for. By comparison, it’s quite late in life, but about a year before graduating I started getting paid work as an artist and haven’t looked back.
Who were some of your favorite artists growing up?
The full answer to this question would take up more space than the article allows, but I’ve always tried to keep a wide range of artists I admire and draw ideas from (copy). Mostly as a kid I watched comic artists like Alessio Ross, Michael Turner, David Finch, Leinil Francis Yu, Neal Adams, Brandon PetersonAnd Keron Grant just to name a few, but also abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock And Melissa McCrackenand you can never ignore the old masters like Caravaggio, who in my opinion is one of the greatest painters of all time. You could also prove that he is the oldest artist that modern comics and fantasy art can trace his roots back to, with his massive use of black contrast and very expressive figures. I was lucky enough to see some of his originals when I was in Italy last month and they are absolutely gorgeous.
Who do you really dig these days, do you follow on Instagram?
Each new piece that Daniele Bel he comes out with as soon as he sweeps me away. He is a sculptor for Sideshow and is so masterfully able to make his figures look like “real photos”, even exaggerating the anatomy to the super expressive proportions where comic characters work best. I really admire artists who can combine abstract and representation, and also a variety of mediums, all on one piece and make it feel cohesive. Plus, quite a lot of paint splatters always look great, so artists like it Florian Nicola, Henrik Uldalen, Derek HessAnd Anna Razumovskaya you really amaze me. But I’m also discovering amazing old artists who have been overlooked, like Judit Reigla Hungarian artist who started in the 1950s and made these large abstract minimalist paintings with brushstrokes.
What advice would you give to budding artists today?
First of all, train yourself to sink in and never ignore the fundamentals. As soon as you think you have learned the basics and finished, you are fooled. There is always more to learn from the basics, such as anatomy, proportion, composition, perspective, color theory, light, etc. to strengthen your foundation. Also, always keep a wide variety of artists and images that interest you. Find your voice and an angle for what you create that makes you unique. In my experience, I have found that most of all what people want to see is something they have never seen before.
What should we look for from you in the future?
Right now I’ve been lucky enough to find an audience who like my art brand, so I’m trying to put everything I have in mind on canvas and keep it sustainable. I have this series that I started where I am making a huge 12 “x 36” panoramic painting of every main title in the Legend of Zelda series, which packs the entire game into one image. It started with Skyward Sword, then Wind Waker, and I’m working on making Majora’s Mask (my favorite) from NYCC in October. “Well, I wake up in the morning, fold my hands and pray for rain. My head is full of ideas, which are driving me crazy ”-Bob Dylan.
Being a fansite, we have to ask you … What are some of your favorite movies / TV series of all time?
Favorite film, and one of my favorite works of art of the period, has to be Nolan’s “The Prestige”. Sure, it’s just my interpretation, but that film is essentially about two conflicting visions of what it means to be an artist. Christian Bale represents the viewpoint of slavish devotion to perfecting your art, for your inner joy, satisfaction and escapism. While Hugh Jackman represents doing it for the external connection and happiness it can bring to the viewer. In the end, I think the film sends a clear message as to which point of view wins the debate, which I agree with, but in any case it is a complete masterpiece. Speaking of masterpieces, I also recently completed Cowboy Bebop, I know I’m embarrassingly late, but it’s great. On top of all this, Netflix’s’ Samurai Jack ‘,’ Castlevania ‘, ’30 Rock’, ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’, hot take; ‘We’ was so much better than ‘Get Out’, ‘The Core’ is a mediocre film that I will never miss a chance to watch, ‘Dune’, ‘Prisoners’, ‘Pawn Sacrifice’, ‘Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ , ‘Synecdoche; New York “and” John Wick 3 “are some of my favorite films of recent years.
Scroll down to check out some of our favorite Sean artworks as we continue to follow his journey through his website and social media hubs: Instagram / YouTube / Etsy
Freddy versus Jason
game of Thrones
The silver surfer
Sword to the sky
Sonic the hedgehog
The alarm clock of the wind