As you already know, we like to interview talent from across the entire universe of NERDom. Today I am proud to finally present my interview with Patrick Ballesteros. Some of you may already recognize his art because we have shared it on our FB page more than once. I first discovered Patrick’s art when I was going through some art on deviantart.com and his Castle Grade School piece caught my eye immediately. I knew then that I must interview him and now here we are. So without further delay, here is an artist interview with the great Patrick Ballesteros.
1. Who are you and where are you from?
Hi my name is Patrick Ballesteros and I am an illustrator and concept artists in Los Angeles, CA.
2. I just love your style! When did you discover your art style?
Style is something that develops over time through what you learn as an artist and experience you have had as a person. I think my “style” developed about 6 years ago. My friend Eleazar kept pushing me to do a solo show. So around 2008 I did a gallery show in Santa Monica, CA called Sleep Parade and after that I just ran with it.
3. How do you come up with your brilliant ideas?
A lot of it develops from everyday life, things I see, people I hang out with. Other times I think about my own childhood and how I can relate that to modern day experiences. Again, it is very personal and I try to add that into my storytelling.
4. What inspired you to do the Castle Grade School piece?
I loved He-Man as a kid, and it just made sense. I had another idea in mind but then I changed it and thought it would be fun to recreate an old school class picture.
5. Where can my readers see your art?
You can find me at my at the following places:
online store- www.patrickballesterosart.bigcartel.com
6. Do you have anything you would like to promote right now?
I just released a holiday print for the season of giving called Happy Hulkidays. You can view that as well my other available prints at my online store: www.patrickballesterosart.bigcartel.com.
7. Castle Grade School is one of my favorites, do you have a favorite?
I always think the last piece is my favorite. I think I have a few pieces coming out next year that will be up there with my top However, if I had to choose one from my current lineup, I would say my horror print Friday Night Frights.
8. What are your plans for the future?
Working on a few of my own projects. More prints, a new sketchbook for 2014, and a possible art book for the end of the year. Right now I am gearing up for Comic Con San Diego in July. It’s still 7 months away but it creeps up fast so I want to be prepared.