Dave, from the Zazzle store starheadboy, shares with us his passion for life, art, and motivating others with his pieces. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out his store starheadboy!
Zazzle: Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and when did you become interested in art?
Dave: I am an art maker from the gorgeous Pacific Northwest – beautiful Seattle, Washington!! Good times! I pretty much have ideas all day and turn those into art in different forms. Usually I will have an idea right when I wake up, whether it’s from a dream or something in my apartment…. everything seems to spark inspiration in me. I get ideas in the shower every day, then, I start the day off by making those ideas into visual things.
I’ve been drawing all my life, painting for almost half my life. The more the ideas flow and expand, the more I am consumed with them.
Zazzle: You’re designs are very playful. Where do you find inspiration?
Dave: I get my inspiration from everywhere. I have piles of sketchbooks that are overflowing with ideas. I love every second of making stuff and the process. I feel like it’s the “you get more of what you focus on” and I have done that with inspiration. I constantly invite and allow it into my life, I stay open and trust it, and it always shows up, it’s incredible! I’m very grateful for it, good times!
Zazzle: What’s your favorite medium to use?
Dave: My favorite mediums to use are really cheap ball point pens; I never sketch anything out in pencil. I really love acrylics too. Lately, I’ve been using a lot of watercolors. Watercolors are super fun!
Zazzle: How do you get out of creative ruts?
Dave: I very rarely have a creative rut, but I had one about month ago. I was definitely concentrating on the wrong things at that time, some stress and stuff like that. I still made stuff during that process, but it was more like going through sketchbooks and bringing out older drawings and stuff. I didn’t have that awesome punch of inspiration that is usually there. I just became peaceful with the rut and realized that it would end soon and that it was teaching me something. I figured that I was absorbing ideas like crazy during this rut and when it ended, they would all be unleashed – it turned out to be exactly that. The rut gave me the gift of a little break for a while.
Zazzle: When you’re not creating art, what are your other hobbies?
Dave: My hobbies outside of creating art are mainly skateboarding, walking, camping, traveling, and swimming. I love taking a long walk around my city and just observe life. Life is absolutely amazing!
Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?
Dave: Zazzle is an incredible resource for getting work out into the public eye. I feel like sites like Zazzle puts the power back into the individual’s own hands, it makes it immensely easier to get work exposed to the world.
Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?
Dave: For anyone that is just starting out on Zazzle, I’d say fully believe in your work and yourself. Realize what a great opportunity and resource that Zazzle is, build and build. Keep going and love the process of getting your work out there. Promote your work. As an artist, there is always a way to turn promoting yourself into its own work of art. Find your voice and run with it. YOWWWWWWW!
Zazzle: Can you give us a sneak peek of future designs?
Dave: My future designs on Zazzle are coming out real quick, most likely in this next month. I’m interested in putting more handwritten words and phrases into my designs and I want them to be in the current of motivation and inspiration. Good times!
Thanks for sharing Dave!