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Respect the Artist with Adan Palermo Interview

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into art?

I started drawing at a early age but my father actually encouraged me. I was about 5 and he had observed me drawing and pretty much said to me that he believed I could do it. I would free draw but I would trace too and it was one moment where apparently that really worked, I stopped tracing and really giving into this talent he believed I had potential for. 

My eldest brother was the original artist of the family, he inspired through my adolescence. 
My mother was a constant encouragement. She ordered a home test for me years ago for this art school she saw on TV. I completed the test and passed but we couldn't afford it but that was still a memorable moment to me. 

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

In high school I joined a art organization that focused on empowerment through making art be a tool for social change. We made murals that were on a chosen social justice issue and from there we'd all come together as youth artist along with our teaching artist(s) to discuss the topic through workshops, we'd take our research and create visual interpretations of the information we gathered and then create our design as a team. It was all that team work that helped me get an eye to different peoples styles, my age and older. Creating the murals became the experimental lab where we'd learn to paint, learn techniques and better your skills and you always had something to learn.

It was a whole lot of skill sharing between artist, learning and practicing techniques. There were insightful lessons on color, perspective, scale, it goes on. From there id take my notes and practice, PRACTICE is the key to developing skills and training your artistic muscle and artist eye. The workshops would be interesting because sometimes I knew what the teaching artist was describing because I had done it on my own but didnt know the name of the technique or why I chose that color. I built some art literacy through these workshops and it just helped me repeat what I had done in the past but better or just learn to verbalize the process of creating.

What’s your prefer use of medium? (paint, Ink, digital)

I prefer to use fine tip black ink markers for sketching.

Acrylics on canvas, birch wood, cardboard and for mural painting.

Dabbling with spray paints, its fun to switch from brush and cans because the handling is different but I use it also for murals.

On extra free time, chalk drawings are something I love to experiment.

The only carving I do is when Pumpkin ( even watermelon ) carving. I thank my friends at Maniac Pumpkin Carvers for that.

Do you have an Artist name? How did you get your Artist name?

The artist name I adopted is simply Sketch. I liked it because how short it is and I could practice creating a tag for it back when I had a black book in '09.

However it also fit because I draw on anything, so it was a constant verb so I became Sketch.

Who inspires you?

Children, they have this authentic vision of what art is and to me that's the creativity we all hope to preserve as evolving artist, the creative child that is having fun making art.

Ive seen a lot of people become that as adults but over the years I've seen the creativity spur out of my siblings who just wanted to make something. Shout out to them and children like Erik, Anthony and Ivana who've made coloring in books exciting again..

..& myself, I inspire me.

What is your goal when you make art?

Improving my technique and learning new mediums.

What's your go to song right now?

Cancion del elegido - Silvio Rodriguez

What is your dream as a artist?

My dream as a artist is to be multidisciplinary in the creative field and to also use repurposed materials for art making. I want to make other artist think carefully about the use of mediums or materials that contain chemicals or trash otherwise reusable items.

Also to travel and make murals in different parts around the world.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become an artist?

Go ahead and do it, art is more than a job and a passion. Its a calling for a craft that lets you create and gives abundant happiness to you or those around you.


Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

Instagram : Sketch_93

Respect the Artist Interview with Tom DeSantis

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into art?

When I was a kid, I thought my dad was the best artist ever, so it made me start drawing.

I realized later that he wasn’t that good, haha, but I still stuck with it and I know he liked that I did. When I lost my dad, it put me into overdrive to make this art thing happen for myself.


What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

I took a few art classes here and there when I was growing up and going through school and college. Most of the stuff I know, though, is just from practicing constantly or Youtube.

On the digital side, my photo editing and graphic design skills all come from watching youtube videos. You can learn ANYTHING on Youtube if you want it bad enough.


What’s your prefer use of medium? (paint, Ink, digital)

Pencils, inks, and markers when I am drawing by hand.

When I am doing digital work, I like my laptop hooked up to my Wacom Cintiq Pro. It lets me draw right onto the screen. When I’m doing digital on the go, I use my laptop or my iPad Pro.

Do you have an Artist name? How did you get your Artist name?

Everyone pretty much just knows me as Tom, but I sign and @ myself @tomde (tom-dee). Its just a little shorter. I think its easier to remember. I always liked graffiti artist’s with short, cool names.


Who inspires you?

Who? I guess if I had to pick out some PEOPLE who have inspired me, I’d go with my dad, mom, brother, and anyone who is willing to give me an honest answer when I ask them what they think about something. My girlfriend, Lauren, is good like that too.

If you can tell me I totally suck, you inspire me to be better. It’s something I think everyone needs around them. People who tell you they like everything are usually just trying to be nice or get you to like them.

Artist I like include people like Takashi Murakami, Ron English, KAWS, OBEY, Jerkface, and people like that. I don’t know all of their names, but there are like 1000 artists that I love and draw inspiration from.

When it comes to WHAT inspires me, I would go with anime, movies, books, life, photography, Instagram, reddit, and a million other things.

What is your goal when you make art?

To make something that I like, because I feel like if I want it, other people will want it.

That’s the way I try to give gifts to people too. I buy things I want - things that I’m sad letting go of.


What's your go to song right now?
I like go back and forth between chill electronic study playlists and hip hop.

What is your dream as a artist?
To leave a mark. For people I respect to know about me and what I do and fuck with me.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become an artist?
Do it all the time. Don’t be like,,,, “oh yeah, im getting back into art.” Just be in it all the time. Stop being fuckin lazy. 
Doodle when you’re at work bored. Try to get something done every day. Its a big grind. Its not easy. It’s not supposed to be easy. But you’ll feel fucking amazing when its done and people are loving it (and buying it).

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)
My main presence right now is @tomde on Instagram, but I have tomdestudio.com coming along now, too.
Been posting there more and more. Trying to get myself into blogging. I do SEO full time for an agency, so I know how important it is to be consistent.

Respect the Artist Interview with SB Kosinski

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into art?

I got into the picture making part of art through Bob Ross and my own ability to be resourceful. I use anything for art. My Grandfather and Dad would leave Bob Ross on TV and fall asleep. I would sit there and absorb everything as young as 4 or 5. This was before the internet so this was probably one of my few resources for picture making I had. I don't remember ever not being into art. When I was two I also vividly remember ripping up an illustrated bible because I wanted to rearrange the pictures. Collage still comes easily to me today. I was always the kid doodling.


What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

I learned from whomever I could that could draw or paint or color well I encountered growing up; from a nurse at my moms job that would draw cartoons to those lanyards kids make in camp just hanging places where everyone was making stuff and not judging each other. Even when I did a short attempt at gymnastics at around 11 I kept a milky pen hidden on me and would draw on my arm. The coach hated it.

Only when I got to college at FIT was when I was finally in a formal figure drawing, composition, image creating environment. When I first started nothing we made was precious it was just about learning to see your subject better learn mediums and draw. That was kind of freeing that not everything is supposed to be a masterpiece.

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What’s your prefer use of medium? (paint, Ink, digital)

I don't prefer any medium really. I work in mixed medium and found objects. Certain illustration jobs will call for ink or certain paint for murals and I work within that commercially. I find I prefer colors and textures over mediums. My goal with much of my personal work is to use mediums in a way they aren't recognizable any more. I want the viewer to stop a moment and question reality.

Do you have an Artist name? How did you get your Artist name?

My full name is so long and every class Ive been in or party I go to there is at least four Stephanies with as many different spellings. I hated my name for years. I've had many nicknames and tag names. To sign my work I just use my 1st two initials and last name SB KOSINSKI. SB does not stand for 'skate board' or 'small bat' or 'some beans' or whatever you can come up with though it is kind of fun.


Who inspires you?

Currently Im devouring the comics and commercial work Michael Deforge does. The work is really honest and colorful within these abstract subjects and simplified figures. Im also inspired by dancers, performance artists, animals, street garbage, 99 cent stores, children, history, math, science I really don't know whats going to inspire me next and I think thats why I keep going theres always something new I want to communicate.


What is your goal when you make art?

1.To make myself laugh. 2. To connect with you emotionally

What's your go to song right now?

Ive been toying with the idea of mixing the original Doom I and Doom II soundtracks into dance/ trance music so Ive been listening to that on repeat as research. There is a fantastic video of Tim Allen from Home Improvement in the 90s pasted on every surface and sound in the Doom game. I highly recommend it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji9qSuQapFY



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What is your dream as an artist?

1.)To create for life without feeling exploited / exploiting others.

2.)To keep learning and evolving.


What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become an artist?

Always have a few different types of artists you look up to. Research how they achieved 'success.' (whatever that means to you) Community is so important.

EXPERIMENT and get out of your comfort zone. Read and do things outside of art to recharge. Your art may become a fishing pole for new friends.


Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

My instagram is @sbkosinski

Website is sbkosinski.info

Respect the artist with Christian Penn

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into art?

I first got into graffiti and art in middle school hanging out with skateboarders.  I started seeing it in magazines and videos and started to do it myself.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

I tried to hang around other artists I saw doing it. 

What’s your prefer use of medium? (paint, Ink, digital)

I prefer spray paint.

Do you have an Artist name? How did you get your Artist name?

I go by Tekst which is also my emcee name from my hip hop group The Higher Concept.

Who inspires you?

Veteran graffiti writers that are still pushing boundaries and creating new trends. All the artists going super big doing 20 story buildings with detailed images. I’d love to do an enormous piece one day.

What is your goal when you make art?

To like it whenever its finished.


What's your go to song right now?

Eddy I "Man Out Here" produced by J. Glaze 


What is your dream as a artist?

To travel the world to create my art. 


What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become an artist?

Figure out what skills you can offer/sell that will let you pay for art supplies and cost of living. Provide a service to people.

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

@tekstthc

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