A quick chat with an incredible artist, @imjustascribbler.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m Brisbane based, for now. I don’t get a lot of free time. But I do enjoy my beach trips and mountain hikes.
When did you start with charcoal? How did you learn ?
Charcoals are still a very new medium for me. I taught myself last year (2017) and have been learning through trial and error ever since.
You have a mixture of minimal sketches with simple line work and charcoal sketches that are so detailed they look like B&W photographs. Do you have a preference?
My minimal line scribbles are a source of procrastination and fun for me so I enjoy those a lot, but my charcoals are getting to the stage where I am really proud and excited when I see the finished product. So my preference now is definitely the charcoals.
What does the process of making your work look like, from the initial idea to the final piece?
My process begins with coffee. Then the initial sketch of the piece. More coffee and music. Dance around the studio and hype myself. Then dirty charcoal hands for about 12 hours, Repeat until finished.
I love one of your recent posts where you captioned “I replaced the nipples with male nipples. So there shouldn’t be a problem now.” What do you think about instagrams (and media in general) censorship guidelines in regards to art and “nudity”?
“Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK” says Instagram’s Guidelines, so I don’t see why any of my works would get removed unless they really are getting confused as photographs. I think photographers and models have a harder time with it than myself. It’s art and should be appreciated and viewed in that context.
What other artists do you admire?
I admire a fair few artist. David Walker, Kit King, Jake Reston, Rone, CJ, David Choe… the list goes on and on, plus they’re just the ones that are still alive. I get very inspired and motivated when I see other people creating.
Favourite song/band/musicians at the moment ?
Beats that make me dribble:
- Smino – blkjptr
- Tidus – See you there
- Jaden Smith – Icon
- A$AP Rocky – LPFJ2
- BROCKHAMPTON – TOKYO
- Weezer – Say it ain’t so
- Everything Everything – Night of the long knives
- HERO – Down in the Hamptons
I am been snooping your Instagram page a fair bit lately and I noticed you captioned a post with “One of the biggest and best years of my life.” What was last year like for you ? What are you planning to do this year to make it even bigger and better?
Last year I really figured out I could draw. It set in stone any doubts I had about myself and my talent which is what a lot of artist struggle with. My plan this year is push myself and my art to the limits. I don’t want people to scroll past my art without swearing.
I know it is hard to answer this as an artists but do you have a favourite drawing you have done?
There’s a piece I drew right after a break up that hits me hard every time I see it. It’s two figures with skeletons coming out of their backs. “When you feel it in your bones, it’s impossible to walk away” still valid. I have many many favourites. Every time I finish a piece, a little part of me ends up on the paper with it.