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Art & Life with Skillit

Today we’d like to introduce you to Skillit.

Skillit, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
When I was in early elementary school I saw older kids drawing of a face-melting into a blob hanging in the Boys and Girls Club art room and was forever inspired. I continued to be interested in art via my surroundings and gravitated towards the skateboard art of Jim Phillips and later early Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, comic books and rock poster artists. I grew up drawing comics then zines & now focusing on illustration/painting.

I started using the Skillit name for bands merch/posters/design work for hire around 2006 and continue that as well as painting, making zines, stickers and whatever else I’m into. I look at each project as a unique opportunity and have enjoyed creating varied series and pieces. I create in a digital or analog format and really just enjoy making the idea happen.

Please tell us about your art.
Digitally I use a lot of Photoshop to create art from drawings or scratch. I print those on stickers, prints, zines or whatever. I love to use pen and ink and love markers as well, any kind, the deader the better! Currently, I’m getting into painting and working larger again while trying to push my color theory and skills. I’m using acrylics and neons and enjoying it a lot.

I’m really into drawing faces and melting things, have been for decades, and will prob continue that for a bit. There can be meaning behind specific pieces but not my art as a whole. Beyond creating what I like to look at and want to see in the world I really enjoy the act of it and think that has as much value as the meaning or process. When drawing a face I might be trying to capture a certain emotion in the face or I might just be fascinated by the look of it, sometimes both.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I don’t think artists have it any easier today economically than before. Though there are more opportunities to show and sell art there’s more competition with the rise of social media and the artist being a more accepted lifestyle. That being said I enjoy it more now than in the past and don’t blame social media for any of its ills.

It might still be hard for artists to make money but I think there will always be a way to and always be artists finding it. I think cities like Los Angeles can fund more public art projects and encourage smaller art spaces to thrive instead of shutting them down. LA has a great arts scene but it hasn’t been helped by the city beyond helping the established scenes artists

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I tell people to see my portfolio at my website and to see what I’m up to at the moment on my Instagram feed under @skillitart. Right now I’m showing around LA and southern California in various group shows with friends and a lot of artists I admire. I plan to continue that while expanding my formats and techniques.

Last year I showed 400 drawings of faces in pen and marker on post-it notes at Vapegoat in Highland Park at a group show with Dubeejunk. I enjoy doing artist-centric art walks like Edrok One’s Mar vista Artwalk Block Party and the Art Compound and am always on the lookout for more. I make zines and stickers to get my work out into the hands of people that can’t afford/want originals but also because I grew up with those formats and still love them.

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Image Credit:
Images copyyrite Sketchparty, Satan Dong and Eemar.

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