Q: How did you get into printmaking?
I was always a creative kid and started sketching at a young age, mainly race cars, wrestling characters, and baseball stars. In high school, I taught myself how to screen print through experimentation and got involved in the DIY print scene. It began with punk band t-shirts. Back then you couldn't buy them online, you had to make them on your own in order to show support. I was amazed I could make them myself!
Q: Who has been an influence on you?
Gosh, so many people, mainly local artists, but M.C. Esher is a famous one at the forefront of print making.
Q: Did you know you were going to do this as a career?
No. I actually majored in Geophysics for three years before I made the switch to Print Making. I guess I couldn't deny the artist inside.
Q: How would you describe your artistic style?
It's loose freehand, quantity over quality - meaning: it's more about the idea than the finished product. The art is the concept; there's always room to work on the craft and hone in on the idea. The sketching process is very important; it's like brainstorming. I sketch all the time.
Q: I hear you're quite the artist, what else are you involved in?
My artist name is Cole Lodge. I make and sell bookbound sketch books. I'm Art Director for a local SF record label called Death Records. I'm also a self produced musician. I'm a guitarist, singer, bassist... kind of do it all. But this is my first time designing for DODOcase, so I'm excited about that!
Q: What advice do you have for other artists?
Remember to enjoy it and not to over analyze!