Heavy Metal Beethoven
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Scumbugg's first design at Teefury was Prairie Squid print on February 15, 2009.
This was then:
Tell us about yourself.
I live in Columbia, Missouri (a slightly larger town in the middle of America) with my girlfriend and a cat. During the day, I cook Thai food. At night, I run a small startup etsy/myspace based clothing line in which I print everything myself by hand, do printing and design work for bands, and drink Stag.
I’d like to quit the day job. Like everyone else, I’d like to live comfortably doing the artwork that I love.
This is now:
Anything exciting happen since your last print?
I was offered my dream job.
I was just starting to worry about what to do with my life, and this perfect job basically fell in my lap. It’s really a dream come true for me.
I moved to Denver and took co-ownership of a thirty year old union
printshop. Business has been good, despite the crappy economy, and it’s
been incredibly refreshing being my own boss. My co-owners and I are in
the process of acquiring a warehouse, so it seems life is about to get
even more amazing.
Although my workload now includes designing and printing various paper products, I’m still getting a fair amount of freelance work done. I got to work for Fright Rags and Earache Records a lot this year, as well as a bunch of other great bands and clothing labels.
Since design and printing is now my career rather than my hobby, that’s opened up my nights and weekends for hanging out with cats, Wii bowling, failed attempts at eating seven pound breakfast burritos, and an absurd amount of Quantum Leap.
What's in the future?
Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett led an elite group of scientists into the desert to develop a top-secret project known as Quantum Leap. Pressured to prove his theories or lose funding, Dr. Beckett prematurely stepped into the project accelerator, and vanished.
He awoke to find himself in the past, suffering from partial amnesia and facing a mirror image that was not his own. Fortunately, contact with his own time was maintained through brain-wave transmissions with Al, the project observer, who appears in the form of a hologram, that only Dr. Beckett can see and hear. Trapped in the past, Dr. Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, putting things right that once went wrong, and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home.
This is an alternate past:
What would the Matt of the Now tell the Matt of 10 years ago?
Any advice for artists just getting into the game?
Dive in head first. Give it your full attention. If you’re preoccupied with a day job, or whatever, it will reflect in your art’s quality. Draw everyday, even if you don’t have any clients and find an art community you can get critique from. Both of these practices will keep you on top of your game, and help you evolve and adapt.