On influences, creations and why everyone should do a children’s book
Tell us a little bit about how and when you start making your own art
Art for me is all about inspiring other people’s imagination. Like when you look at something and the feeling you get or the story that you create for the character and that is coming through the audience.
I think that as human beings, it’s a natural disposition for us to use our imagination to be actively making up stories up in our heads cause that’s something out of our intuition. It’s a survival aspect in our nature and I don’t think people give themselves the liberty to do that everyday. I think we live in a world where that’s either done it for us or we feel a lack of confidence in ourselves, everyone is able to make art and I think not everyone allow themselves to do it.
What were your influences when you first started?
First influence is Frida Kahlo. My mother has pictures of her everywhere, and when you’re five you just get used to that amazing artistic darkness. Also Norman Rockwell, who is one of the greatest painter storytellers that ever lived, you can look at his artwork and easily develop your own stories about every character in the painting. Another influence was Shelvin Silverstein, he is the best illustrator to capture feelings. He was a huge influence to me, he would do simple illustrations to poems that he wrote and they were as weird as they were accessible.
Another big influence on me, that actually inspired me do art, was movies. My dad used to take me to get pizzas and watch movies every Friday, and we both love weird and artsy movies like 2001: Space Odyssey, all the classics, Wallace and Gromit… and it really had an impact on me. So much that I went into animation for a while, because it was the perfect combination of art and film. I also always knew that what I wanted to do was to make art and move to New Orleans!
Why did you start creating children’s book?
Why not? I feel like everyone has an idea for a children’s book, and they should do a children’s book at one point of their lives, I think we would be a better society if we did that (laughs).
For some of your characters you write a small stories about then. How does that happen to you? You come up with the illustration first or a storyline?
It’s really all in the same process, it’s all crunched together and happens all at the same time. A lot of my process happens like that where I create different elements at the same time.
Do you have a particular creative process?
I’m very good at coming up with ideas and concepts. Developing them is always a battle because as soon as I start working on one artwork I might want to start working on writing something, or I might want to do a one-off drawing to have something new at the art market and so on. So what I’ve been trying to do, and this has definitely been a lesson, is to develop one idea a day. which is hard because you can’t really force creativity.
Whats next for you and Two Face Moon?
The books that I finished years ago are off to the printers as we speak. Very exciting times. This is something that I have been dreaming about for so long and seeing it come to life is a joy. I have other books in my arsenal that’ll be completed by the end of the year. I also look forward to publishing the work of my friends soon too. I want to make Two Face Moon a community of creators and get as many works out there as I can. Book are important. They matter. I want to see them come back like records have. There are mountains to climb with this task, but I’m ready for all of them.
What days are you at the French Market?
Unless the weather has other plans for me, I’m out at the art market every day it’s open! Thursday-Monday, 7pm to 1am. Best job in the world! I love my FAM.