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Art & Life with Greg Gunn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Greg Gunn.

Greg, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My story can be summed up by one word: boredom. I grew up in the deep suburbs of Los Angeles and was eager to get out of there early on. Don’t get me wrong, the ’burbs were cool and all, but I was looking for something more. My visible reality was never good enough.

As a kid, I spent a lot of time off in a corner drawing thing. Futuristic (or so I thought) cars. Hybrid animals like a half-giraffe, half-alligator. Fake game characters with detailed descriptions of their powers and abilities. I played a lot of games. Video games, board games, card games—anything I could get my hands on. To name a few favorites: Mega Man, Magic the Gathering and fantasy board games like Hero Quest.

The combination of imaginative artwork, escapism and storytelling was something I latched on to at an early age. And it’s probably what drives my interest in illustration and animation today.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I think of all the questions within this mega-question, “why” is the most important. Why make anything, right? I tend to think about people and personalities a lot. The idea that almost every person ever birthed is unique in appearance and character blows my mind. Sure, there are identical twins, but most of us have faces that are original… that sounds like something someone might say right after they rip a huge bong hit, but it fascinates me! And because of that, my illustrations and animations almost always feature a character. Their story might be humorous, surreal or a random non-sequitur, but the goal is to always get you to see someone inside that character—real or imaginary. I love that I can invent a character that didn’t exist before and then give them an opinion, an attitude or an emotion to communicate back to me.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
I don’t know that this is unique to artistry, but I believe success is spending as much time doing what it is that makes you happy and fulfilled as much as possible. And what that is changes over time as you age. At this moment, my success-balancing act is made of creating quality, meaningful work, making a living doing so and enjoying as much time as I can with my wife and our dog, Lucy. I try to make sure every thought, person and project I spend my time on gets me closer to one of those three things.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
The best place to see my latest work is on Instagram—https://www.instagram.com/gunngreg. I share work-in-progress stuff, finished stuff, stuff I will change my mind about and delete later. All kinds.

In terms of support, I run a small one-man, one-dog studio and am available to work with clients that are interested in telling visual stories—illustrated, animated or otherwise. You can email me directly via greg@ggunn.com.

I also have a shop where you can buy prints and pins, if that’s your jam—https://www.ggunn.com/shop.

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