Art is an integral part of human society. Art can be found in both nature and the designs of man-made things like cars, buildings, and clothing. Although art and beauty are appreciated by almost everyone, it is an unfortunate fact that there are many talented artists in the world who are little appreciated despite their incredible abilities. Noting the lack of outlets for up-and-coming, underground, or outside artists to showcase their work, I decided to start an “Artist Spotlight” series where I will interview various artists in order to gain a deeper insight into what inspires their creativity and what they plan to do with their careers. Brandon Scaglione is one such artist.
Brandon Scaglione grew up on Long Island and has been drawing since early childhood. A lifelong fan of cartoons, Brandon’s biggest childhood influences were comic strips such as “Peanuts” and “Calvin & Hobbs” along with zany cartoon influences like “Looney Toons” and “The Simpsons.” Although drawing was merely a hobby for Brandon up until high school, he decided to major in art when he entered college. At that point, Brandon started taking art seriously and creating illustrations and comics, posting them online, and developing a following for his work. Brandon currently lives in Brooklyn where he teaches cartooning and comics to children while pursuing freelance jobs in independent poster design, logos and greeting card illustrations.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Brandon about his experiences working as an artist:
Q: What influenced you to become an illustrator?
I grew up adoring the Sunday funnies and cartoons such as “Looney Toons,” “The Simpsons,” and 90’s Nickelodeon shows. I have been doodling cartoons for as far as I can remember, and I just haven’t stopped.
Q: In terms of subject matter, what are your cartoons about and what inspired the ideas for them?
They are mostly about nothing important at all. I simply just draw things that come into my head—particularly weird circumstances that I think are funny or interesting. I capture whatever daydream that pops in my head and put it down on paper. Inside jokes between friends and family often become illustrations as well.
Q: As far as working in illustration, what has been your most rewarding experience so far?
That’s a tough one. Every time someone reaches out to me to do a project for them I get that rewarding feeling, but I suppose the most rewarding experience is when I do work for entertainment such as bands and podcasts. After sending them the finished piece and seeing it on their websites and posters, seeing that my art goes somewhere and serves a larger purpose is certainly a rewarding experience for me.
Q: How has MoCCA helped your career?
Oh, simply the exposure was great. People walking past the table and seeing their reactions to my work was great. All the potential in future clientele MoCCA made possible is fantastic. I think it’s really important to have festivals where independent artists can come and show their talents without being intimidated or overshadowed by the bigger artists.
Q: What would be your “dream project” if you could work on anything?
I would love to establish a series of children’s books with all my characters. Very Dr. Suess like, where there is an established universe that all these wacky stories are being told in.
Q: Are there any up and coming projects that you would like to mention?
I am just continuing producing illustrations and comic strips which can be seen on my website, while pursuing freelance gigs such as poster design, logo’s, gift card design and caricatures. I do a caricature promo through my Facebook once a month where the first 5 people to comment receive a free caricature of themselves done by me.
Q: Where do you hope to be, career wise, in ten years?
I actually really enjoy teaching art so in ten years my dream career would be to be in a field where I can both teach art and cartooning while still being able to produce my own work in publishing illustrations.
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