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Art & Life with Gibby Kain

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gibby Kain.

Gibby, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
So, prior to moving to Los Angeles three years ago, I lived in Columbus, Ohio with my husband. There, I graduated college, and got married within the same year. At the time, I was only 21. There was this really intense feeling afterwards. I remember feeling lost, like, I never planned for this far ahead, now what do I do? I graduated with a photography degree, a topic of which I had zero knowledge of prior to my Photo 00I class. This year, I found the answer to that question by drawing, and It feels amazing! Drawing is my oldest passion. I’m incredibly fortunate that my career allows me the time to study fine arts on the side. What’s really cool is that my husband is an artist as well. It makes it easy to create when someone else is there to cheer you on!

Having a supportive and understanding partner is definitely a huge help. Can you give our readers some additional background on your art?
I mostly draw with graphite and charcoal. I really should be learning how to draw better digitally, but I don’t find it as satisfying. I use Photoshop all day at my job, so paper just feels more intimate. I love working on big horror illustrations the most. I’m very inspired by 80’s camp films and German Expressionism. My top 3 favorite artists are Brian Froud, William Stout, and Albrecht Durer. Those guys are the masters of technique! When people look at my art, I want them to see that kind of detail. I also want them to feel something, whether it’s revulsion (!), curiosity, or inspiration. That’s how I would want to feel!

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
Probably the most challenging thing is finding a way to sustain yourself while creating art. My grandma always referred to it as “bread money.” I had to take a weird detour to get to a place where I could create for myself again, but I think that’s pretty common. The important thing is doing something that you love.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Thanks for asking! You can find me on social media as @gibbykain. Additionally, you can check me out on the podcast I produce and co-host alongside my husband, Pat. We talk about movies, but not always the classics. It’s a lot of fun and we generally keep it clean. I’m also on Inprint! So, if you see something you like on my Instagram, you might find it for sale!

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