The Mentor Program here on Shadowness have several mentors (and students!) up for grabs who delve into different areas, mediums and have different kinds of experiences. This interview series which will come out every Monday (instead of Monday Feel Good) will let you know a bit more about each mentor on the list.
If you find an interviewed mentor interesting, don't hesitate to send them a private message and if they say yes contact me so I know who's mentoring who! You can of course sign up as a mentor and/or student in search of a mentor, on the list, by sending a private message to /Caja
I'm Harvey Bunda, a full-time comic artist / painter and one of the conspirators of Gunship Revolution. You can call me an Artistic Evangelist.
What does ART mean to you?
ART for me is a VISUAL representation in the minds eye, a collaborative junction of logical and tangible colors moving through this spectrum we call our universe.
What is your art form? And how long have you delved in this?
My art form is traditional painting enhanced by new technology, striking out a balance between the old and new medium. I’ve been doing art since age 4.
Was there anything or anyone in particular that prompted your choice of art form?
I was inspired by painting’s old masters — Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Renoir, John Henry Sergent and Lucian Freud.
How would you describe your art to someone who haven't seen it?
My art is soft but screaming — it taste like your usual chips, only saltier and sweeter.
Have you had education in art or are you self-taught?
I never had any formal art education though i wish did. I’m still yearning to go on an art school but yes, I'm a self-taught artist. I used to read art books at bookstores back when I didn’t have money to buy the expensive ones. I avoided using erasers while teaching myself to draw constantly. I also remember looking though the paintings of the old masters and wondering why people don’t make paintings like they used to, wondering if I could follow in their tradition.
Who and/or what inspire you?
The old masters like I said above.
What is the greatest lesson in art that you've learned?
I learned that failure is more useful than success. It’s better to grow from mistakes than to stagnate like many boastful artists.
What can you teach others?
Perhaps it’s not teaching so much as opening their mind’s eye to the colors and imagery we block nowadays - to open their soul.
What tips can you offer to better oneself in his or her art?
NEVER GIVE UP — as long as you can breathe and see — do ART!