One of the best parts about running this site…is mixing big name artists with names you might not know…taking experience level out of the equation and just presenting the full spectrum of artist’s who do work for heavy bands. So we follow up an interview with Colin Marks, by presenting a young man who cites him as an influence… Tim Minarzik
How did you get your first paying art job?
A band asked through a Myspace Bulletin for a shirt design, I contacted them and that’s how I got paid for the very first time, it felt so awesome to get money for something you love to do, so I wanted to this on a daily base.
Who are your artistic influences?
I am a big fan of the Pop Art which took place in the 50s. Street art in general is something I just love to look at.
I don’t have any favorite artists, I just like browsing through random Merchandise Designs from various people. But I really enjoy Colin Marks, he does great stuff and he is the best at what he does.
What is your studio space like?
I work at home at my parents house, I have a little room where I work most of the time. Nothing too crazy but it absolutely works for me.
Take us through a typical day…
The most important part of my day is going to school. After that I do some school stuff and then I check my E-Mails, listen to some new music to get in the right mood. When I feel ready to get on the projects I start working. I try to finish one piece in one day, so I mostly sit around and just do my thing.
Who are your favorite bands of all time?
That’s a hard one, I got into all this music by bands like Blink 182, Thrice and of course Slipknot. So I guess these would be the names I’d pick. But I really like a lot other bands I just can’t think of right now.
How important is music for you during the creative process?
Very important, I almost always listen to music while I work. I love to work with lyrics the bands give me to work with. Without music I couldn’t even get in the right mood.
What do you do to get yourself in the right frame of mind to be creative?
Like I said, I browse through art and listen to music which fits my mood at the moment. Or I watch some TV-Shows like King of Queens or American Dad, always works out.
You are a very young man…does that give you an advantage over older artists?
Maybe when it comes to the work with younger bands, I can relate to their budgets and what they want. Most young bands have no idea about the whole process and business itself. I can talk with them like their would be some friends of mine so they don’t need to think twice about what they say and what not. Other than that I think being so young challenges you a lot. I always have to push my work to a next level which I think is a good thing, too. But sometimes it gets a little frustrating when older bands or artists treat you like a 10 year old boy, but I guess that’s normal, you have to deal with that and take it as a joke.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m really busy these days with designing some CD-Layouts and Merch designs for various bands. And I’m working on a website where I can help other designers with a lot of things.
I can’t tell you much about it since it’s all just in my head for now, but pretty soon I will take on that one to get it online. All I can say is that its going to be big.
What artist would you like to see featured on MBA?