Chris, ARTSPROJEKT artist from the Zazzle store BiroBrawls, talks with us about his love of ball point and his dark inspirations. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out his store BiroBrawls.
Zazzle: Give us a brief bio. Where are you from and when did you started designing?
Chris: I’m from Hampshire in the UK. I am an actor, and I draw as a hobby mostly, though I have to some extent drawn or painted my whole life. I picked up my ballpoint pen in 2008 after many years hiatus and rediscovered my passion for doodling.
Zazzle: Your style is very much your own. What’s your inspiration?
Chris: I have always enjoyed the dark and surreal, and have long been attracted to and intrigued by copperplate drawings (though this is not a discipline I know), but beyond that I couldn’t tell you what my inspiration is. I confess that I don’t put too much forethought into what I do, which is probably why it remains a pleasure for me.
Zazzle: What’s your favorite medium to use?
Chris: A ballpoint pen, or biro, as it is also known. I do occasionally paint with acrylics, but have no particular talent in this area. I am still very much a student of the ballpoint, but less concerned with technique, more the overall product and how it emotes for me.
Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created and why?
Chris: My favourite biro drawing from the collection is probably Biro Brawl No. 099 (seen below, all my sketches can be seen at http://www.brawlingwithmybiro.co.uk). I consider it to be my first self-portrait, and it tickles me. My favourite design in the Zazzle store is impossible to choose. I love the art prints and calendars that I am able to produce; these seem to be a natural home for my kind of sideshow miscellany.
Zazzle: How do you get out of creative ruts?
Chris: If I am in a creative rut with a drawing, then I simply don’t draw. I only draw if and when the mood takes me. One day the mood will no longer take me and I shall doubtless stop drawing altogether, but for now it compliments my other creative outlets.
Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?
Chris: It enables artists to have their work seen, owned, and promoted without cost or risk to them.
Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?
Chris: I am still learning. I would like to hugely reduce the amount of products on my site, to fine tune what I offer, but am still unsure where to begin. Much of what I sell is so random and dependent on taste, it is a job and a half to determine buying patterns.
Zazzle: Can you give us a sneak peek of future designs?
Chris: Any future work that will go onto my Zazzle store will first appear on my website, and on my blog. Sorry, even I don’t know yet!
Thanks for sharing Chris!