FEATURED ARTIST: Interview with Pasadena Artist, Aaron Spurgeon

Aaron Spurgeon

Illustrator | 42 | Pasadena, California

@aaron.spurgeon | www.spurgeonart.com
We are honored to have, Aaron Spurgeon, as our Featured Artist, he is an incredible illustrator that creates masterpieces that he calls sketches! lol. Make sure to go over to his page and check out all his awesome art, you wont be disappointed! And while your over there make sure to hit that follow button to support a fellow artist!

How long have you been an artist? What is your specialty? Where do u find inspiration?
I’ve been an artist since I was about 8 years old. My specialty is Environmental Design for Animation. I find inspiration first and foremost from life. I love viewing great architecture and nature. I compare the size of buildings to houses, houses to trees, trees to people and so on. I also like to look at art, from the Renaissance to the golden age of illustration. I also like looking at good typography design. Studying how designers throughout time handled all kinds of design problems.

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?
Yes. It’s actually hard to find anything that I dislike about my job. I guess I would say that I don’t like it when I have a boss who doesn’t know much about design doesn’t trust me enough to come up with good design solutions. When that happens the final product suffers.

What is one accomplishment you’ve had in your life? Does not need to be art related.
One important accomplishment is graduating from college. I had a very hard school life as a child because I always wanted to draw. I learned things differently from most kids and my teachers at that time didn’t seem to care that I was falling behind in their classes. The funny thing is I learned how to read and write better than most of my peers by studying on my own.

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If you could meet and talk to any person in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
I would want to meet my great great grandfather. He went to Yale at a time when it was dangerous for black men to read. He later started a law firm in New York.

How is one way you make money with your art?
One of the ways I make money with my art is by illustrating the covers of visitor guides. These guides feature important icons and architecture done in a Mid century modern style.

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If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
I would go to Spain, because of the amazing art and freeform architecture. I would take volumes of notes and explore all the colors and shapes through design. I would also devour the food. Let’s not forget the food!

What is your favorite brand of art supply? Whether it’s a brand of pencils or brand of camera or software
This might be a boring answer, but I’d say Windsor and Newton gouache paints. Adobe for digital stuff. Photoshop is incredibly versatile. But my philosophy about all that is any artist can make good art with just about any material.

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Any advice for young artists?
Explore the collective knowledge of the world of art. Go beyond the aesthetics and find out the reason for the art or design you like. I like to find out why the artist does what she/he does. Search out better artist than yourself so you can learn. Be a sponge!

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