Interview by Kati Driscoll
Let's talk about DELAWARE. Have you always lived in Delaware? If not, what brought you here?
I have always lived in Delaware, Born and raised!
How long have you been making art?
I guess a long time now. I've been making art I wanted people to see for a lot less of that time, but I've always been fascinated with the weird feeling of satisfaction you get from making stuff. I was a product of the suburbs and had no one my age around so I went through the classic finding anything I can do to escape the boredom, and mainly it was drawing!
What medium(s) do you work in?
I'm kinda all over the place. For my personal work, that sounds funny and just means the stuff I don't get paid for, I mainly use acrylic paint, spray paint, and a crap load of markers/brushes. For my illustration/comic work I do a lot of brush inking on velum and a lot of digital inking/painting.
What would you say are some of the main themes of your artwork?
Cats, The Simpsons and Pete and Pete count do they count as themes?
You are known for your illustration work for independent musicians, organizations and businesses. How has the DIY ethic and scene influenced your work?
The whole reason I can do what i do is because of the things I've learned in the DIY Punk scene. I can't tell you what I'd be doing with out the people I've met in this community. the exposure to this attitude and way or making things happen is what gave me the confidence to attempt to be a full time freelance Illustrator. I'm very thankful to be a part of it and that I can give back to it. I could talk about this for hours, but don't want to ramble to much so I'll stop here. haha
You're new to Delaware Fun-A-Day. What interested you in the event?
I've seen a buncha rad people doing this, and really awesome art come from it. I recently made the move to full time freelance illustrator, so I finally felt I had time to do it right.
Tell us about your project "Pistachio in Space" and the idea behind it:
Pistachio is a Kitty Character I've been drawing for a long time now, but mainly in comic stories, or larger panel paintings. I wanted to take this opportunity to play with a looser style of story telling only using one image a day.
Are there any other projects or events that you are working on this year?
The main project I'm gearing up for is with my good friend JP Flexner. He is the most talented Illustrator, screen printer, & drummer I know, and I'm so psyched for our upcoming show at Jinxed gallery in Philly. It's called "No Empty Spaces" Jp & Todd make prints to help support DIY shows/spaces.
The names sums it up. We are doing a bunch of small affordable 2-3 color silk screen prints. All the money we make will go to local DIY promoters/spaces to help cover costs of operation and all that good stuff. The opening is on June 6th.
Thanks a bunch, Todd! For more of Todd's work, check out his online shop or his portfolio site!