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We are are honored to have, Calvin Laituri, as our Featured Artist, he is a super talented illustrator that draws some incredible detailed pieces, make sure to check out his Instagram wall there’s so many cool pieces, so go over and support a fellow artist!
How long have you been an artist? What is your specialty? Where do u find inspiration?
Art is a lifelong affliction, it’s something you more or less do since the day you’re born. I started taking it serious around High-school, first with photography. Realized over time the slowness of pen and ink illustration was more my speed, let me really express my obsessive tendencies on paper.
Inspiration came from everywhere, skate graphics changed the way I thought about art. ‘Art’, for a long while, was something reserved for a gallery space or a museum in my eyes. I never thought the bottom of a deck or an album cover could be something of real artistic value. Guess I fell into the question of high/low art quite early on. Low art seemed more my speed, if that was the case. More freedom, less rules, just my voice.
Do you have a job in the art industry? If So, what’s one thing you don’t like about it? If no, where would your dream job be?
Graphic design work for now, I hope to change that some day. Or find a better balance between graphic design and illustration. I want to work on the sorts of projects I love, with clients I love, and I’m not quite there yet. My dreams are pretty niche. Maybe someday.
Do you have a favorite Artist?
What is one accomplishment you’ve had in your life? Does not need to be art related.
Got commissioned to do graphics for skate decks at 15. That was pretty rad.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
Working in the design field – hopefully still illustrating. I hope I never give that up. Hopefully happy. In a nice quiet place. A little like my hometown, but not too much. Maybe with a big aviary full of zebra finches.
If you could meet and talk to any person in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
Gustave Dore, his illustration work was next level. I could pick his brain about the engraving process for hours.
How is one way you make money with your art?
Trying to figure that one out. Screen prints for now!
If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
Somewhere quiet and rural in Germany. So much history, and I wish I could connect with my culture more.
What is your favorite brand of art supply? Whether it’s a brand of pencils or brand of camera or software
Rotring Pens, Pigma pens, Stonehenge paper, French Paper. The best stuff for the best work.
Any advice for young artists?
Never give up. Don’t listen to anyone trying to tear you down. Make progress towards something every single day. Inspiration is everywhere. Learn how to see it.