Today we’d like to introduce you to Pearson Sweeney.
Pearson , please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Growing up, I was always interested in art and drawing. I was really into comics and thought it would be cool to grow up and become a comic book artist, but I never quite thought I would get there. As I got older, I started to steer my interests towards sports and didn’t really think art was a viable career option. As I was thinking about college and the career path I should take, I came across Entertainment Design and saw that it would be a good avenue to take for a career in art. I didn’t have the best grades, so I went to the only art school that would take me, The Art Institute – Hollywood. After attending two and a half years there, I realized that my interests and the school curriculum didn’t line up. Feeling like I wasted two years, I dropped out and quit doing any art. I began pursuing a career in Personal Training in order to pay my bills and make some money.
Fast forward years, I slowly became interested in art again, after seeing some inspiring work online. I would research these artists and read their stories of how they got started and found out that they made a good living with the work they were creating. Late one night in my studio apartment, I decided I wanted to switch careers and get back into creating art. I started by coming home from work at night and practicing until 2 – 3 am. On top of this, I started attending art conventions as well as taking classes at night. Then I went to the CTN convention and met John Park and he told me about a school he was starting called: Brainstorm. He encouraged me to start taking some classes there. These classes really motivated me to save some money and quit my job so I could pursue my dream career. I owe a lot of the skills I gained to John Park and James Paick for the guidance and support they gave me throughout my journey.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a concept artist focusing on entertainment design. My art is usually created to entertain people in some way. It doesn’t always have a particular message, sometimes it is just supposed to inspire cool ideas. I hope whenever people look at it, they at least get a moment of enjoyment.
What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
I think the title “artist” is a very broad term and how that fits into today’s world can vary greatly. I think the main role of the artist is to bring people entertainment of some sort. Through that, an artist is more able to bring awareness to other people, because art more easily crosses cultures than other mediums. I don’t think this is different than what the role of an artist has always been, I just think the ways and the mediums of expression change as the world becomes more complex.
Local, national and international events always affect art in some manner because they influence our culture as well as pop culture and these things are always being injected into our minds and so it always comes out consciously or subconsciously when creating art. On a more specific note, I am sometimes inspired by certain events, such as Elon Musk’s plans to go to Mars, to create futuristic ideas or worlds that I think would be interesting. I’m also really inspired by events that have happened throughout history.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can view my artwork at:
Please feel free to check out my work on either platform and like, follow and just enjoy it!
- Website: www.artstation.com/psweeney
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/prsnsweeney