Up on Mt LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is LeConte Lodge. At 6400 ft it is the highest guest lodge in the eastern United States and you can only get there by hiking. The trails range from 5 miles to 8 miles long. I drew this for a friend of mine. I personally have never been to LeConte Lodge, but I did talk myself out of a speeding ticket once in the National Park, doing 70 in a 25mph zone. It was almost midnight and it was an honest mistake…
To celebrate Thanksgiving I’m re-posting an older pic to enjoy over the weekend. Remember all that you have and are blessed with. We are so fortunate. Also, here is an interview I did with Cindy Williams, who is an outstanding artist. She features other artists and their work to help promote them which I thought was very kind of her to do. Be sure and check out her blog at cindywilliamsart.wordpress.com!
Here we have another episode of FROM THE ARTLAND.
TODAY’S FEATURED ARTIST: BRAD YOUNG
1. Please tell us, where are you from?
I currently reside near Boise, Idaho. USA
2. When did you decide to become an artist?
I have been drawing/ doodling for as long as I can remember, mostly to entertain myself when I was little. I started drawing consistently again a little over a year ago when my wife volunteered my “skills” to a business owner’s meeting to draw some old buildings in their neighborhood, along with other artist’s submissions that would be used on a banner to promote the business district. They loved my sketches and used them and also paid me real money! I never dreamed anyone would ever pay for my sketches. In the process, I had forgotten how much I enjoyed drawing and how it brought some joy to myself and to others. It made me to realize I was wasting a gift/ talent that I hadn’t taken seriously. I felt a responsibility to myself to be the best “me” I can be, so I started a blog and forced myself to a weekly deadline and I have truly enjoyed the whole process.
3. What is your medium, and What subjects do you specialize in (animals, botanical art, portraits, etc)?
I use a regular ink pen, I used to use a G2 gel pen and got frustrated because I was always smudging the ink with my hand. I switched to a uniball vision because it’s waterproof so it’s great to watercolor with and it doesn’t smudge, a real relief of frustration. I will use either a 9 x 12 Canson watercolor pad which I prefer, or a mixed media notebook sometimes. And of course, watercolors to color and colored pencils to highlight with. As far as subjects, I’ll draw anything that captures my imagination, big or small. I do gravitate toward interesting buildings and landmarks that have character to them, or have special meaning to me.
4. Are you drawn to certain colors more than others? If so, has that color changed or does it change in your art? (Do you find trends in different colors when your mood changes?)
I try to use the same colors I see in what I am sketching, but it seems like earth tones and natural elements are my favorite. Stone, metal, wood, trees, leaves, etc,…
5. What inspires you?
I’m inspired by creation and the things around me. Moments or times shared with my wife at various places or that are special to us or we had a special time there with others. On my blog, just about every picture I sketch has some connection with a special place, moment or event. There’s always a story.
Pike Place Gum Wall ©Brad Young
6. Are you self-taught?
Absolutely. I wouldn’t blame this on anyone else! It’s very difficult for me to grasp and understand what another artist is trying to teach me verbally and try to incorporate that in my own understanding and grid for drawing. However, I would love to spend time with someone to glean from them different techniques and “see” how things are done to make it uniquely me. I watch many videos of sketchers to see how they draw. I learn most effectively by observation. I often find I do things the hard way until I see how someone else does it.
7. What artist do you think you emulate the most, has had the most effect on you? (and why?)
I’m so new to this that I don’t really know enough artists that I would say I emulate yet, but I will say that I am effected by the other artist’s blogs I see and read. Often times after seeing a sketch, it makes me want to go draw something. I would hope I could sometime have that same effect on someone that they would want to go draw after seeing one of my pictures. I’ll also go on the Urban Sketcher’s site and just look at all the different styles and techniques and appreciate the time and years of practice the artists have invested in so that I can glean something. I totally enjoy the whole process of a sketch from seeing it in my mind to sketching it out in ink, then coloring it and watching it come together.
8. Do you take art workshops? What medium would you like to try?
I do not. I would like to, especially an urban sketcher’s workshop. I can’t say I would like to try another medium yet, I really enjoy the simplicity of my pen, pad and a travel watercolor kit.
9. Where can we find your artwork?
On Flickr: flickr.com/photos/brad_young/
Also, on chalkboards in coffee shops in the Boise area.
10. What was the first thing you drew or painted?
Market Street Antiques was the first building I sketched a little over a year ago.
Market Street Antiques ©Brad Young
11. What advice do you have for other artists or people who want to get started selling their work?
“I” would like advice on selling sketches. Ha! I’ve sold a few, to businesses and individuals but otherwise, I usually give away as gifts. I keep a digital copy of every picture so I have a nice portfolio. But I’d tell them to believe in their gift and room will be made for them.
12. What really big thing has happened in your artistic journey?
Getting a revelation that I have a talent and that I’m responsible with what I do with that talent. Even if it’s just for my own enjoyment, I appreciate that part of my life that is uniquely me, and not taking it for granted.
13. Do you think the daily painting movement has had a positive or negative affect on the artworld? Is the market saturated?
I am in no way qualified to answer this one accurately, but from what I’ve observed, it’s always a good thing for us to have an outlet for our creativity. And like most things you will find the good, the bad and the ugly…those who are professional artists are not going to be affected by the majority of artists that are saturating the market. They’re so good at what they do, they separate themselves from the rest. Very few get to make a good living as an artist, and I think most are in it for the enjoyment. There are not just a few musical artists. Look at iTunes or any music store. Thousands of artists, and they’re all different and unique in style. People are drawn to all the different types of music and artists, and I believe it’s that way with art. There are superstars out there, but there a few folks that really like my art. I don’t think I’m a threat to the superstars.
Delma Ann ©Brad Young
14. Has the daily painting movement affected the way you work?
No. I will always dictate what I do with my art. When outside stuff starts dictating me and the time I spend, it will be time to evaluate why I do this. Because my livelihood is not dependent on my art, it’s not a factor.
15. What artist do you think you emulate the most, has had the most effect on you? (and why?)
16. Do you think the standard of art has dropped since the daily painting movement started?
Again, not being qualified to answer accurately, I would say it has, obviously. You just have to sift through more stuff before finding art that catches your eye at that level. Truly good artists will always keep pushing themselves to be better, no matter what the standards are.
17. Do you think art can still affect politics and people, changing the way they think?
I think so. We need people of excellence in all areas, not people of mediocrity. Commitment to excellence makes the whole community better and more enjoyable to be a part of. All things are possible.
Americano ©Brad Young
18. Do you think art can still influence people as much as in the past, when there are more artists than ever and posting on the internet?
Well, speaking for myself, I am ONLY influenced by the artists I see on the internet. If not for the internet I would have no idea of what is going on in other parts of the world dealing with art. A year ago I had no idea there were urban sketchers… To me, I have museums from all over the world at my fingertips. And in my area of art, I wouldn’t even know where to look to see other urban artists’ work, except maybe those published in a book?
19. Do you think there will be another art revolution like artists in the Renaissance, and Picasso, and Monet, and Warhol?
Sure. Why couldn’t there be?
20. What piece of art had an emotional effect on you? (Made you angry, happy, sad)
(Don’t laugh, but realize I dreamed of being a cartoonist in the newspaper when I was younger.) So I would say that Gary Larson, artist of “The Far Side” just made me happy. I can still look at the same cartoons I’ve seen over and over and still chuckle.
Thank you Brad Young for your interview. I always like to see a variety of artwork.
Brad Young’s art can be found here:
PLEASE if you are an artist, I would love to hear from you and include you in an interview, sharing your art with others. Please click on the above link and email me your answers. I will include your artwork as well. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU INCLUDE 4-5 IMAGES OF YOUR WORK AND WHERE WE CAN FIND THEM so I can include your artwork.
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So we had this wood chipper sitting around and didn’t know if it even worked, but something like a wood chipper is always worth trying to start. I tried all the tricks to get it started, some good ideas, some I’m thinking, “I shouldn’t be doing this”…Just as I’m ready to call it quits it started and with it, a whole new world was opened. I don’t know what happened but all kinds of thoughts flooded my mind like, “What would happen if I put this or that in?” After experimenting with sticks and “other stuff” I was having fun. Unfortunately, my day was cut short when I tried putting in a pumpkin….it worked, but I spent the next hour or so cleaning out the chipper of pumpkin mush. A fun toy, and I was excited to mark off item #63 on my bucket list: PLAY WITH A WOOD CHIPPER
This sketch has a really neat story. The friend that cuts my hair is a border-line stalker of NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin. Knowing this, and that it was her birthday, I whipped out a quick sketch of his car, but with her shop and name on the hood as a sponsor to make it personal to her. She absolutely loved it!! I wasn’t particularly happy with the outcome of the sketch which can only mean one thing– the story gets better….Another client of hers works for Snap-On Tools and was going to Talladega, Alabama for a NASCAR race and was going to be in the VIP tent with Denny Hamlin’s teammate. He asked her if there was anything she would want Denny to autograph and he would try to get it signed. Well, she gave him the sketch I did for her and he signed it! So my sketch (which I wasn’t particularly happy with) is signed by NASCAR driver, Denny Hamlin. I thought that was pretty cool. BY FAR, he is the most famous person ever to sign anything I ever drew…including me.
The World Series is underway between the St Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox. One of my favorite players to watch is Dustin Pedroia, second baseman for the Red Sox. I like him because every time I see him, his uniform is dirty. Either from playing in the infield or running the bases. I’m sure he gets dirty playing catch…He reminds me of Pigpen from Charlie Brown. He doesn’t seem to take anything for granted and plays like every game is his last. You can’t help but pull for a guy who was told he was too small to play and couldn’t do this or couldn’t do that by the “experts”. Now, the experts are watching him play in the World Series.
Our missionary friends sent me a picture of this door from the building they live in. I think they said it was a storage closet, or, that could be code for “the door down the hall that leads to an easily escapable situation involving an overly elaborate and exotic death”….maybe it is just a storage closet, but all I know is, if I’m ever asked to go down and grab a couple of boxes labeled “misc” I’m not going alone through this door… Can’t wait to go to this “snow globe- like” tiny village in Germany!