5 Not So Creative Questions with Dave Atze

5 not so creative questions with dave atze

I found Dave randomly one day. He was known as the Australian stallion (self proclaimed), An instagram LEGEND!… His style cannot be ignored. Simple but playful and overlayed by such vibrant digital painting skills. I dare you NOT to fall in love with his characters.

Enjoy this edition of “5 not so creative questions” with Dave Atze. PS – All the “australian stallion” stuff is just a joke but completely true in my heart 😉 …

For those who don’t know you. Who the hell are you?

Hey I’m Dave, 30 year old Illustrator from South Australia. I love TMNT, Marvel, Transformers and eating Mexican food. I have been in the illustration industry for 5 years,and regularly attend comic cons (none international yet)

dave atze fairy land

What do you do? OR what are you working on?

I do children’s book Illustration, comics, character design, branding, tutorials, commissions and anything in between.

I am currently working on a children’s book with writer Matt Nicholls, Some Character profiles for the Australian comic book series XCT- xtreme champion tournament and some Illustrations for magazines and publications.

On the personal front, this year I hope to release an artbook and an original comic.

dave atze dragonball

What’s a tip you’d give to people? Something you’ve picked up along the way.

Continue to learn, new styles, new techniques, new media. watch tutorials of your fave artists and draw every day. These few things will help you in the right direction.

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What are you into. Or something that recently inspired you? (Doesn’t have to be illustration or design related

Having a desk job during the week means you stack on the weight 🙂 So I have been getting into out door activities lately. I go for a daily walk with my wife and our dog, Then I run 5kms on Saturday mornings.

Things that inspire me are cartoons, comics and other artists (amateur and pro) Instagram is such an amazing place to meet and interact with other artists, I highly recommend it for inspiration!

dave atze illustration storm trooper

If you could mash-up any two pop culture properties. What might they be? (And why)

I freakin love doing Mash-ups!! One I havent done yet that Id love to see is Venom and Pikachu. I love the idea of something so cute and cuddly being able to rip your head off 🙂

Social Media Stuff:

website: www.daveatze.com

facebook: facebook.com/daveatzeillustration

instagram: instagram.com/daveatze

twitter: twitter.com/daveatze

tumblr: daveatze.tumblr.com

See Dave Work:

I have tutorials on my youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/daveatze or just search daveatze

Buy Dave’s Stuff:

Prints and Originals at: daveatzeillustration.bigcartel.com/
I have teez available at: teepublic.com/user/daveatze

5 Not so Creative Questions with Designer and Illustrator Aaron Sechrist aka OKPants

5 not so Creative Questions with Aaron Sechrist AKA OKPANTS

For those who don’t know you. Who the hell are you?

My name is Aaron Sechrist. I run a graphic art studio under the moniker OkPants. I lift weights.

What are you working on?
I’m currently prepping to launch my first custom font for sale that I designed at http://www.retrosupply.co/ – I’m very excited about it, it’s a different experience for me.

The week-to-week routine workload, if there is such a thing for me; consists of client commissions such as logos, apparel designs, packaging solutions and general miscellaneous branding needs that arise. I also sell my own designed wares under the banners of Made By Superior and OkPants. T-shirts, et cetera to express ideas I have that can’t find their way into client work. Also, you know; money.

Aaron Sechrist Ok Pants Patton Oswalt Poster

What’s a tip you’d give to people? Something you’ve picked up along the way.

Come at the universe around you and inside of you with curiosity, not fear. Also don’t be a crybaby. That’s how shit gets special.

What are you into. Or something that recently inspired you? (Doesn’t have to be illustration or design related)

I try to mine a lot of inspiration from anything and everything I come across but I would say stand-up comedy is my muse. I work with a lot of comedians and find their paths and attitudes generally align with how I navigate my way through my business. Successful comedians, some that I’m lucky enough to be friends with are the most intensely self-sufficient, relentless, DIY-to-the-core artists there are.

Aaron Sechrist OKPants Wyatt Cenac Poster

What show would you bring back from your childhood?

Ren & Stimpy. I feel like that show could have gone on for decades like South Park & Simpsons. It was the weirdest show ever. Either that or Liquid Television.

If you want to learn more about Aaron Sechrist and is amaze balls illustration styles check him out all over the web:

@okpants on instagram, twitter, periscope, snapchat and dribbble. Main portfolio at okpants.com. Thanks for giving it a look.

If you enjoy these posts, check out the 5 Not so Creative Questions for Creatives directory.

5 Not so Creative Questions with Designer and Illustrator Logan Schmitt

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For those who don’t know you. Who the hell are you?

I’m just a poor boy from West Virginia who moved to the big ol’ city of Columbus, Ohio with a suitcase full of dreams, doodles, and squeegees.

What do you do?

I’m an illustrator and screen printer. I make posters for bands, design t-shirts, and sling my work at craft shows. I draw lots of pictures of animals, bones, creeps, and flowers…usually with the Dark Crystal playing in the background.

Logan Schmitt deer head illustration

What’s a tip you’d give to people? Something you’ve picked up along the way.

No one is going to do it for you. If you want to do something go DO it. It’s easy to think that things will come to you or someone will tell you you’re ready, especially if you’re going to art school or something like that. Just put in the work and go get it!

What are you into. Or something that recently inspired you?

Well, Halloween just happened so all that fantastic storytelling and imagery is just swirling around in my head. Few things will instantly inspire me as much as a creepy old folk tale or ghost story.

Logan Schmitt bear head illustration

Pancakes or waffles?

I’m going to have to go with waffles. Not restaurant-style or Belgian-style though (although I’m very Belgian, myself). Just give me a box of store-bought Eggos, an unhealthy amount of butter, and a jug o’ syrup.

If you want to learn more about Logan Schmitt and is stellar illustration styles check him out all over the web:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/loganschmittart

Instagram: http://instagram.com/loganschmittart

Website: http://www.loganschmitt.com/

If you enjoy these posts, check out the 5 Not so Creative Questions for Creatives directory.

5 not so Creative Questions for Creative People

5 Not so Creative Questions for Creative People Directory

As a creator, whenever I am in the presence of other creatives I always find myself digging into my bag of go to questions. What do you do? What are you working on? How do you do it? What are you into right now?… etc.

Now with the internet I don’t have to randomly stumble upon these awesome people at get togethers, meet ups, and conferences. Instead I can scour social media and pick from people I am genuinely interested in, from all corners of the globe. If I am going to do that then I might as well share my findings with everyone. This kind of short form questionnaire is a great quick look into the lives of other creative people and allows for repeat visits.

Directory of Interviews

Nate Bear – Designer and Illustrator

Logan Schmitt – Designer and Illustrator

Aaron Sechrist aka OKPANTS – Design and Illustrator 

Jonathan Ball – Typography Wizard

Dave Atze – Australian Illustration Stallion.

JP Boneyard – National Poster Retrospecticus / 59 Parks

Ronlewhorn Industries – Print and Poster Maker