Amazing artists we’ve found around the web: Sean Carlson

For years, Awesome Art We’ve Found Around The Net has been about just two things – great art and the artists who create it. With that in mind, we thought why not take the first week of the month to showcase these amazing artists even more? Welcome to “Awesome Artist We’ve Found Around The Web.” In this column, we focus on one artist and the amazing art they create, whether they’re amateurs, up-and-comers, or well-established. The goal is to discover these artists so that even more people become familiar with them. We ask these artists a few questions to see their origins, influences and more. If you are an amazing artist or know someone who should be featured, feel free to contact me anytime [email protected].This month we are very happy to bring you the amazing art

Sean Carlson

Sean was born and raised on Long Island, New York. He has been creating and studying art all my life. Since graduating from Hofstra University, he has pursued his passion in as many different ways as he can. Sean’s clients have included Howard Johnson Hotels, Saf-T-Swim swim schools, Society Inc., Century 21 Real Estate and various businesses and clients throughout Long Island and New York City.

JOBLO: What got you started as an artist?
Sean:
It’s hard to say what got me started because I’ve been drawing for as long as I could remember. Some of my earliest memories were the step-by-step ‘How to Draw Pokémon’ books that I devoured as a toddler. Growing up I was really dense and only wanted to draw and things like paint and color didn’t make sense to me, but luckily halfway through college my professors put their foot down and said I needed to add some new tools to repertoire, and forced me to learn to paint. A painful experience for which I am eternally grateful. It’s relatively late in life, but about a year before I graduated, I started getting paid work as an artist and haven’t looked back.

Who were some of your favorite artists growing up?
The full answer to that question would take up more space than the article would allow, but I’ve always tried to keep a wide range of artists that I admire and get ideas from (copies). Mainly as a youngster I looked up to comic artists like Alex Ross, Michael Turner, David Finch, Leinil Francis Yu, Neal Adams, Brandon Petersonand Keron Grant just to name a few, but also abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock and Melissa McCrackenand you can never ignore the old masters who Caravaggio, who in my opinion is one of the greatest painters of all time. You could also argue that he is the oldest artist that modern comics and fantasy art can trace its roots to, with his heavy use of black contrast and highly expressive figures. I was lucky enough to see some of his originals when I was in Italy last month and they are absolutely stunning.

Who are you really digging these days follow on Instagram?
Every new piece of it Daniel Bell comes out with just blows me away. He is a sculptor for Sideshow and he is so masterfully able to make his characters look ‘photoreal’ while exaggerating the anatomy to the super expressive proportions that cartoon characters work best in. I really admire artists , that can combine the abstract and the representational, and also a variety of media, all in one piece and make it feel cohesive. Plus a good bit of paint splatter always looks great so artists like Florian Nicolle, Henrik Uldalen, Derek Hessand Anna Razumovskaya really surprise me. But I also discover old artists who are incredible, who have been overlooked, e.g Judith Reigla Hungarian artist who started in the 50’s doing these amazing minimalistic abstract brush stroke paintings.

What advice would you have for budding artists today?
First and foremost is to practice and never ignore the basics. As soon as you think you have the basics down and done, you’ve fooled yourself. There is always more to learn from the basics, ie. anatomy, proportions, composition, perspective, color theory, light, etc. to secure your foundation. On top of that, always keep a wide variety of artists and images that interest you. Find your own voice and an angle to what you create that makes you unique. In my experience, I’ve found that above all else, what people really want to see is something they’ve never seen before.

What should we look for from you in the future?
Right now I’ve been lucky enough to find an audience that likes my own brand of art, so I try to get what’s on my mind on canvas and keep it sustainable. I have this series I started where I make a giant 12″ x 36″ panorama of every main title in the Legend of Zelda series that includes the entire game in one image. It started with Skyward Sword, then Wind Waker, and I’m working on getting Majora’s Mask (my favorite) made by NYCC in October. ‘Well, I wake up in the morning, fold my hands and pray for rain. I’ve got a head full of ideas that drive me crazy” – Bob Dylan.

As a fansite, we have to ask you… What are some of your favorite movies/TV shows of all time?
Favorite movie, and one of my favorite works of art, has to be Nolan’s ‘The Prestige’. Granted, that’s just my interpretation, but that movie is essentially about two competing views of what it means to be an artist. Christian Bale represents the view of slavish devotion to perfecting your craft, for your own inner joy, satisfaction and escapism. While Hugh Jackman represents doing it for the external connection and happiness one can bring to the viewer. Ultimately, I think the film sends a clear message about which view wins the debate, one that I agree with, but it’s a complete masterpiece either way. Speaking of masterpieces, I also recently finished Cowboy Bebop, I know I’m embarrassingly late, but it’s amazing. In addition to all that, ‘Samurai Jack’, Netflix’s ‘Castlevania’, ’30 Rock’, ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’, hot shots; ‘Us’ was far better than ‘Get Out’, ‘The Core’ is a mediocre movie that I will never pass up the chance to see, ‘Dune’, ‘Prisoners’, ‘Pawn Sacrifice’, ‘Secret Life of Walter Mitty ‘ ‘, ‘Synecdoche; New York’ and ‘John Wick 3’ are some of my favorite movies of the past few years.

Scroll down to see some of our favorite pieces of art from Sean as we continue to follow his journey across his Website and social media hubs: Instagram / Youtube / Etsy

Aquaman

Astronaut

Captain America

daredevil

The lightning

Freddy Vs. Jason

Game of Thrones

Goku

Green Lantern

He-Man

The sob

Invincible

THAT

Knuckles

Loki

Samus

The Silver Surfer

Skyward Sword

Sonic the Hedgehog

Transformers

The Wind Waker

wolverine

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