Today we’d like to introduce you to Parker Ricardez.
Parker, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I can’t remember a time where I haven’t been involved with drawing in one form or another. I grew up obsessed with comic books and superheroes. The dark blacks and flashy negative space you see in some of my illustrations today can be traced back to that inky comic style. Although I don’t draw Spiderman as much as I used to, I still find myself drawing very character-based drawings, super or otherwise. Like most things people make, these fantasy characters and images are a mirror I’ve created to look at myself more intimately. Exaggeration is the perfect tool to highlight various thoughts and emotions that straight facts might not be able to convey.
A lot of my childhood drawings were of heroes. There’s something very cool about your average Joe becoming something greater than himself then deciding to wear tights. However as I grew older, these heroes I’ve created stoped being so heroic. The twisted nature of my current illustrations are proof of that. My intent for most of my drawings stopped being about what I strive to be and more about what I am, super or otherwise. It’s taken a lot of long looks in the mirror for me to be the artist I am today and I hope the one in ten years will be a better one than today.
Has it been a smooth road?
No road is ever as smooth or clean as you expect it to be. I don’t think life will ever be without its walls and lulls. As depressing as it is, it’s one of the only things in life that can be expected. Most of my drawings subside in this space. I believe a story with no conflict isn’t worth telling. Most of the art I enjoy is birthed from a darker place. It’s a glimpse into an idea or emotion of a person that are foreign and strange.
A lot of the fuel for my drawings come from unknown emotions and general frustration. Depression isn’t an uncommon occurrence. It latches onto people’s lives in various ways. Drawing is the device I use to see the way it has configured around me. My fear is of the unknown. Looking in the mirror and seeing that person fully might be the way to alleviate that fear.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Los Angeles is a diverse place. You can walk a block down the street and see a type of person you didn’t even know existed. It’s the hotspot for pretty much everything though it does get very warm at times.
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