The Perpetual Itch


The Wu Tang Clan, RZADay-in and day-out I come to work, sit in my cubicle and try to be as creative as possible within the box that surrounds any creative thought in a corporate environment. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my job and love the people that I work with on a daily basis, it’s just every once in a while I get that itch that tells me there’s a creative beast inside of me dying…no, threatening to kill me from the inside out if I don’t free it. This is why I illustrate.

Illustration has always provided me a creative outlet. It started when I was a kid and would draw Disney characters any time I was bored and too tired to play anymore. Later I learned to illustrate using the paint program on my computer. Pixel by pixel I would make things come to life and I loved seeing things go from simple squares to something more awesome. In high school I learned to take my sketches and put them onto t-shirts in my very simple graphics class. In college I took illustration to the next step when I learned to use Adobe Illustrator and over the last 8 years I’ve been refining my craft, illustrating whenever I had a free moment and trying quite a few different styles until I found  the one I decided to make my own.

The hardest part about getting the itch is deciding just what I should do with it. Obviously I have my favorite subject matter (if you can’t tell by looking through my portfolio my three favorite topics are the Phoenix Suns, basketball in general and any other sport related illustration) and often times I’ll go back to the familiar. Sometimes I’ll be in the mood to do illustrations of the fam. And sometimes, inspiration falls as if from nowhere and I’ll do something completely random. The first is the easiest because I usually have something in mind that I’ve wanted to do for a while, the second is the most difficult because I’m REALLY picky when it comes to illustrating myself or the fam and the third is often times some of my favorite work.

My latest illustration just so happens to fall in the third category. The other day I got the itch and was just looking around for what I was going to do to scratch it. Out of nowhere I ended up on a web page that had the picture of Rza (a rapper known mostly for his work as the Wu Tang Clan’s chief producer) and looking at it I knew that he was a man who was meant to be illustrated. Now, I’ve never been the biggest Wu Tang fan and I haven’t really listened to them (aside from the occasional song or two) in years. Yet for some reason I just knew that this was going to be my next project. It only took about 5 minutes of searching before I found the perfect source photo and a few hours later (not consecutive) I had a finished piece that I very much enjoy.  Hopefully this will hold you guys over until the next time I get that hard-to-scratch itch. Remember comments, ratings, likes, tweets and criticisms are all always very much welcome and appreciated.

-Dustin

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