Jesse Fillingham interview.
Jesse Fillingham loves burgers, mythology… and unicorns.
He also graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena with a BFA in Illustration.
He did a lot of shows in California since then.
More about the US artist Jesse Fillingham.
PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
My name is Jesse Fillingham. I was born and raised in San Diego, California, I now reside in Pasadena, California. I graduated from Art Center College of Design in 2010. I enjoy drawing, comics, bound media, zines, burgers, beer, and unicorns.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK?
Two things that seem to be present in a lot of my work is an emphasis on nature/natural phenomena and mythology/fantasy. Rendering is also a process that I put myself through in most of my work, which I find to be extremely rewarding.
PLEASE SHARE WITH US YOUR WORKING PROCESS
It varies quite a bit depending on the application of the image. I generally make a sketch of some sort figuring out the main components of the piece I am working on. That sketch either gets blown up and traced or I re-draw it to scale. Then a variety of media is thrown around until I am happy with the image.
HOW DOES YOUR ENVIRONMENT INFLUENCE YOUR ART?
I couldn’t really say, I have lived in Southern California my whole life so I guess it would be interesting to see if there was a change in my work living in a different part of the country/world.
But in terms of my work space, my roommate James Chong, and I don’t have a living room because we turned it into our studio, which makes for a great working environment.
WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?
John James Audubon, Kuniyoshi, C.F., Stanley Kubrick, Tadanori Yokoo, and a host of amazing artists on my favorite website: flickr.
ANY LAST WORD?
Check out Never Press! It is a small press that two of my friends and I started. We are producing zines and comics and all kinds of eyegasm-inducing products!