Meet The Artist: Conzo
09.01.2012 by Roisin McGuire
Where are you right now?
I am currently at home in my room up near Glasgow with some recovery coffee, after overdosing on watching too much ‘Ancient Aliens’ and ‘Regular Show’
Fancy a drink? We have... (rattle of bottles in drink cabinet)... Irn Bru or Buckfast?
Irn Bru always, an ice cold glass bottle of bru tingles the heart and after you are finished, you get 30p back for the bottle to spend on sweeties.
Tell us about a typical day in the life of Conzo...
My days are something of absolute terror and madness. Usually if the workload is relaxed, I get up at the hard awaking time of 12 in the afternoon or later followed by sweet cinnamon flavored porridge. Then it’s procrastinating by looking for new songs for a good 2 hour mix and possibly a movie to help break the eerie silence and get me working. I need loads of distractions to help distract me from the very thing that is distracting me and then eventually I get in work mode and crack on with it. Then if I finish I call the lady or mates over and they all basically insult me, as usual. So as I said, absolute terror!
What's with all the round characters and ice creams you draw?
I had to laugh at this, as I sometimes ask myself that too. I think it comes from my time at school and love for Advanced Higher Graphics where everything was drawn up using just rules / compasses and right angles. So for all I know my doodles probably have some hidden enigma code within them either that, or I have an obsession with round boobs. As for the Ice Cream, I have a sweet-tooth and I simply love drips and how it can be drooled and whipped into pieces and characters.
Are you inspired by vintage advertising and cartoons?
Oh yeah I love it, the true cartoon form and best advertising is vintage for me. I love all the old cartoons before they were made to look less like cartoon characters and all more human or 3D. My main inspiration and love for the vintage style comes from the video-game ‘Fallout 3’ a post Nuclear Apocalypse game full of pre war vintage graphics inspired by 1950’s American cheesy advertising. Also John K’s blog (man behind Ren & Stimpy) it goes deep into animation and traditional old school techniques.
Who would you like to collaborate with and why?
This question gave me a headache, I had to think about this one. There are so many artists I love from all over the world ~ including local ~ all with different styles that would work well with mine. For digital / illustrative work and out of the hat of artists I am into, I am a big fan of Timba Smits
from OZ at the moment. He produces a great combo of illustrations and finishes them off with a nice vintage style. So could have some interesting results if we were to collab with my characters getting mixed with his hot 70s hi-sock wearing ladies.
Graffiti and mural wise, I love teaming up with other writers and artists in productions, does not happen enough up here. So I can’t even begin to say who I would love to paint with, would be happy to paint with almost all character loving / fresh color abusers / going big onto wall artists out there… well, as long as they are not numpties that is.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am busy with getting a basic website up for now as well as starting on a big canvas filled with clambering council workers and buffers all spiraling up in a pyramid of madness. I am finishing off personal projects as well as the usual monthly illustrative work I do for a club.
What are your plans for 2012?
Simple, I kind of have no idea. 2012 will def be a year when every design collective / creative / artist will make big moves (not because the world ending malarkey… well probably is for some) but because it has a good vibe and ring to it. I feel it too, so I don’t want to just tediously commit to one solid plan but keep myself open for anything that may pop up out of no-where. I know I want to go 5x bigger with my outdoor work, and I also teamed up with a good friend who is a screen printing whizz kid. So tee range / prints / photo-shoots and all sorts are to be expected. They are just not planned to restricting specifics yet, this is where the pint, square-sausage and sketch pad comes in to lead me into planning!
How is the Scottish scene doing at the moment?
As it always has been, a bit of a struggle grasped by online bitching and hating. There are no legal walls in the whole of Scotland for artists to jump down to paint and get practice. So artists can't become better without the risk of getting busted or having to trek to ridiculous places just to have a chilled safe paint. But there is hope. A lot of good guys out there who are thinking up graff jams such as using massive concrete farm barns, hardly the five points in NY but at least there is a plentiful supply of beef for the BBQ.