I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. I bounced around to a lot of different schools. I started drawing early on as a kid, late at night usually with MTV cartoons in the ’90s. I was not the best student, in fact I hated high school; always struggled. I was always drawing in class and uninterested. From what I can remember I drew a lot of Beavis & Butthead, The Maxx, Batman, Raphael from TMNT, Velociraptors and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast. I had a JP Utahraptor that I would draw a lot of. Drawing was the thing or place I could go and explore. I would work on one drawing for hours and not want to leave that place. I love turning off the world and turning on my mind.
When did you first start reading/getting into comics and drawing?
I honestly wasn’t into comics growing up, I was into action figures, movies and cartoons. I did have a few comics, just looked at pictures though, never reading anything. Still to this day I just look at pictures and the artwork in comics. My interests have always been the art in things via movies, games and comics. I’ve been into comics or “the art in comics” much more now. It’s more of a refined art to where my paintings are more loose. I’ve been really working on improving my drawing skills these last few years, mostly experimenting with new pencil leads and inks.
What is your favorite thing/comic/superhero/genre to draw?
Something intense, something cosmic in space. I like sharp edges as you can see from my style. I love drawing Aliens, like from the movie Aliens. Also I think Rodger Smith on American Dad is just the best thing ever.
I see that you also paint, can you talk a little about painting and which one you enjoy more drawing or painting and why?
Well right now I’m really into drawing on comic book board because it’s a compact confided space, like a little cave. Pencil lead is so much fun; trying to reach every little detail I can with a sharp point. Painting is always big. Like on a wall (Mural) or massive canvas (48×60). Art is meditative for me. My first place I painted on all my living room walls. I had Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, The Thinker, sunsets, outer space and tigers. All abstract murals as you can see from the pictures.
Who is your biggest influence?
Music is a big part. I ALWAYS have my playlist on John Frusciante, The Doors, Pink Floyd and anything Space Trance Rock. Funkadelic Maggot Brain was a big part of my early isolated paint time. Art wise, Simon Bisley, Tamara de Lempicka, Sam Kieth, Todd Mcfarlane. Those people are my biggest influence, I am sure most artists would say other famous artists but I never went to art school. I am self taught so I have my own influence.
What pieces of art in your portfolio are you most proud of and why?
I’m proud of the entire portfolio, because it tells a story of where my art comes from and where it can go. It’s a reminder to push myself to become a better artist and person.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
In the future, I’d just like to improve my skills that is my main focus right now. Someday I would love to be a part of a creative team and to create a successful product. I would like my art to be discovered, looked at and critiqued. Also, if you would like to follow me in the infinite cyber abyss look me up here.
Thanks Chase, keep up the great work.
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