Words from Colby Nelson

colby sunshine color ink book beastboyWhere do you find inspiration for your art?

My art inspiration has come from toys ever since I was young, I have been collecting toys.  It started off when my aunt bought me my first Smurf.  I loved how you could collect new versions.  That led into more Smurfs from my aunt, and then it spawned into collecting more and really being inspired by all the different varieties.  It really fueled my mind and imagination into the fact that I can create things in a medium that can withstand the turn of time and also goes hand in hand with my compulsive demeanor.

Also, I would like to give a little shout out to the internet and Facebook, because there I have met, and have had the chance to talk with many of my favorite artists and get tips from them as well.  It really has become a hub for me to really get a chance to wow myself on a daily basis and then take those wows and put it into my own work!   It keeps me humble to know that I am creating in a time with the people I really respect.  It’s an honor to me to that.  Color Ink Book has also been a great inspiration and support.

What mediums do you prefer to work with, and why?

I try not to limit myself to just one medium.  But my favorite medium is illustrating inside Adobe Illustrator.   I have been doing this for many years now and I have never gotten tired of it.  It is a gift to me to be able to create monsters with multiple eyes or girl’s with antlers and catch attention for those actions.  It’s a cool scene that I have catapulted myself into.  Being from the Midwest it’s a tough act to get heads to turn for art like mine and I’m seeing those heads turn.   I think that’s really a cool thing to see, these people who awhile back would only want to buy art that matched their carpet.

colby sunshine color ink book washburnWho are your greatest influences?

Well.  I don’t want to leave anyone out but my biggest influences as of right now include, Seb Niark, Jon Burgerman, Gary Baseman, Bill Alger, Ciou, Junko Mizuno, McBess, David Horvath, Shok1, Joe Ledbetter, Gary Taxali, Amanda Vissel, Jeff Soto, Jeremyville, Friends With You, Travis Lampe, Nathan Jurvicius, Jim McKenzie, Ron English, Nychos, Aaron Woes Martin, My mother, Tim Biskup, Buff Monster, Lamoure Supreme and that’s only a few.   There are so many awesome inspirations out there and not only does inspiration come from the people I witness but from nature and the being outdoors.  I’m very honored to create.
Does music influence your work, and whom are you listening to these days?

Music.  Music has always given me that place and happiness with in my artwork.  It is a refuge I can escape to, to feel safe.  It also creates many feelings and emotions that I can incorporate into my art.

I listen to a lot of sappy stuff like Dinosaur Jr., Damien Rice, Ryan Adams then it can blend out to Guitar Wolf, Hammerhead, Godbullies, Seawhores, Gay Witch Abortion, Sebadoh, Sonic Youth, John Denver, Tobacco, Melvins, Weird Al Yankovic, Kurt Vile, King Khan and the Shrines, Jay Reatard, Butthole Surfers to Bob Log III.
I try to get the best of all worlds with music.  I don’t rule anything out until I get that bitter beer face.  Then I cancel them off my list.

colby sunshine color ink bookWhat is your all-time favorite quote?
“We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”
― Chuck Palahniuk

What is the greatest risk you have ever taken, and did it pay off?

I find myself taking more risks to do art shows and fairs.  It has paid off in the way that it has given me promotion, publicity and most importantly spread my name throughout the community.  People know me know around Fargo not just for me just walking around but for my art.  It’s very humbling.

colby sunshine color ink book jawaIf you could go anywhere in time and space, where would it be and why?
I think I would go back in time to see my parents when they were young.
It would be very neat to see how my father and mother lived and also to see how my parents met and conceived me.   I’m a heartfelt person and I love the sappy emotions that come alongside of love.

If you could meet anyone past, present or future, who would it be?

Man!  I did get a chance to go to the Dali Museum in Figueres, Spain and that was so much of a wow factor to me.  So I would have to say, Dali.  That guy is mystical to me.  He holds a magical spot in my brain and heart after my visit there.

Also, Dinosaurs would be neat to see.
colby sunshine color ink book buttercupTARDIS or DeLorean?

No brainer. Tardis.

How does a typical day in your life start?

Lately on a worn out pillow that needs to be replaced but…
I wake up.  Pick out some clothes. Shower my pudgy body off.  Emulsify some pomade and rub it through my disheveled hair, throw on my duds, head to work which is Nokia/Here, I work as a Quality Testing Analyst in which is for navigational purpose such as gps devices, work is done, go home, usually put on some music and start creating some artwork, play some PS4, Netflix….then create artwork again.   Well, I guess I gave you the whole version of my day. But all in all, it’s not too bad and I find it important to keep a healthy mind.  It’s not fun dwelling on the bad energy out there.  I could have it worse, like having zero limbs, no mouth and no sight.
colby sunshine color ink bookAre there any shows, projects, or merchandise we can look forward to seeing from you?

I did just acquire a six-head screen printing press so there will be shirts, prints, stickers and other new things coming from me.

Also, I have been working on a yang to my yin for art names.  I have been creating a few things under, Ghost Pyramid.
And for logo, company insignia, I have am working on creating artwork for a company who works with crypto currency and things of that nature.

And Band posters are always being created to assure my music needs are fulfilled.

Tell us a little known secret about yourself.

I love sauerkraut and dumplings, I am a sucker for sappy, love movies, I have birthmark on my buttcheek and also, I’m left-handed.

ghost pyramid colorinkbookSandwich or burrito?

Burrito!  DUH!
I like everything that burritos consist of!   I’m going  to turn into a burrito one day!  I even eat them in my dreams!

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Interview by Carrie Donnelly