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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Matt Pfahlert

Matt Pfahlert is known for his work with gnomes. Matt first started drawing when he was only 712 years old, making him a child prodigy. However, the moist pressure of being a child prodigy passionately got to him and he had a crispy breakdown, resulting in him cutting off his own forehead! Matt found fuzzy inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in his holiday inn for all the pickles to see! Matt eventually got married to Abe Lincoln and they remain together happily in their grass hut with their 40 children. Matt would like to thank Abe, George Clooney and Andy Warhol for their constant support and inspiration.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
Easy: Deciding what shoes to wear to the studio.
Hard: Sometimes the ol "Idea Maker" is running a tad slow. That's always frustrating. Coffee anyone?

Which is your favourite piece and why?
To me it's funny to see when designers or artists say "Oh, I could NEVER choose!".
There's definitely some favorites for a variety of reasons. One I really enjoyed was the design done for Dave Douglas, the very talented jazz musician. That was one of those that just flowed, the rough sketch pretty much looked just like the final print of the trumpet with NYC skyline. Personally, I think anytime you get to actually illustrate something it always seems - for me at least - to be enjoyed a lot more on some personal level, more so than the designs that are more "found" imagery based. I also enjoyed the Wilco Stache man design. I've never drawn THAT much facial hair. The archival photo was one I picked up at a flea market. When I saw it, I was hoping there'd be a fitting reason to use it for some design. Sometimes things work out perfectly.

What do you feel is the significance of online communities to inspiring artists?
Well, you get a direct way to communicate with folks about what you do, and get some feedback that you may otherwise not get elsewhere. You also can learn a ton from helpful members of these communities, from tutorials to applications. Of course, you best grow a thick skin, online opinions are at times hilariously skewed one way or the other. The gang over at is a great one overall, I've been humbled many times by the 'next level' work there, which of course inspires you to then try to produce better work. Online communities definitely help feel connected with what's happening in whatever part of the art world you happen to be into. But don't forget to stay connected with local creatives in your city, down the block, around the corner, or up the stairs!

What is the weirdest/strangest/funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
We did a poster for a local music event where we actually got the opportunity to create an original linocut illustration and then print it by hand, scan it, etc.

It was a lot of work considering the budget the client had. Anyway, we get to the event to set up our booth (we sold screen printed posters there) and an older gentleman strolls over to our booth and asks to buy the new limited edition linocut print that we created. With a straight face he says: "Boy, I sure wish they woulda used the same artists as last year, I liked that hippie painting!" The guy apparently had no idea he was talking to the artist of the poster, guess he thought we were just selling them. Funny stuff, my wife and I laughed our butts off when he left. "How may we help the next happy customer?!"

Also, in being asked some particular questions regarding the shipping and details of a poster, I mentioned to the customer that the poster is of course signed...He then asked: "By the band?"

It's experiences like these that keep you nice and humble.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to see if the band will sign these posters instead of ME...

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