Thom Glick is a Columbus-local illustrator.
Q: What motivated you to become an artist?
Looking back I don’t know that there was a conscious choice to be an artist or a particular motivation that set things in motion. When I think hard on this, as a creative visual person, more than a motivation, I feel this obligation to reveal this skewed view of life. I love creating imagery that is at first strange and alien but after a few moments reveals itself to be something accessible and relatable, and, when I’m successful, something informative, thought-provoking, and entertaining.
Q: When did you start working in your medium and why?
I work with a handful of materials — traditional and digital. My favorite materials, at the moment are pencil, paper and Photoshop. At the core of my practice is drawing. Drawing lets me translate the idea-jumble that’s in my head into something coherent. Once I get the idea firmed up, the drawing becomes the foundation for whatever material best fits the project. The pencil, paper, and Photoshop technique is my current favorite as it allows me to preserve the original drawing as part of the finished artwork. This technique works best for reproduction projects like working with newspapers and magazines, creating prints, or working with apparel companies.
Q: What inspires you? What inspired your artwork?
Everything inspires me. As an illustrator, my goal is to communicate ideas and tell stories. I’m always observing the people around me, the fashion, the buildings, animals, nature, how things move, how everything interacts, conflicts, harmonies. These observations help me bring a believability or accessibility to the strange scenes I create. My visual style comes from growing up in the 80s and 90s, being fascinated by Jim Henson, Dr. Seuss, The Berenstain Bears and illustrators like Stephen Gammell and Ted Pitts. Realizing that things didn’t have to look “right” really opened up a world of exploration for me.
Q: What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
In the studio, aside from my drawing materials, I think the next must-have are my dogs — Pilot and Jozie. They can be pretty needy and distracting sometimes, but having them with me keeps me from being anxious and forces me to take breaks.
Q: What’s your favorite part about Art Crawl?
It’s great to feel and see creativity supported by my neighborhood. It’s fun to see what other creative people are up to. And it’s always a little exciting to see how attendees react to their creative neighbors.
Q: If you could live in any decade, which decade would it be and why?
This is tough! I think the future would be fun, maybe 2120s or 2220s if there’s any chance people could take vacations in space and visit other planets. But honestly I think this is the decade I like most. There’s so much going on — socially, politically, ecologically, technologically. It’s exciting to see so much change and so much progress happening and getting to be a part of that.
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