Well, it's been a two month hiatus. It's pretty amazing, even if it is cliché to say, that time really does fly. It seems that it wasn't too long ago that YD was awarding end of the year Bready's and compiling videos of everyone featured in 2015. Now it's 2016 and this will be the very first Questions interview of the year.
It is a good first Questions though. @junkyardsam was awarded some last year and he very kindly awarded me something as well. It's nice to recognize and be recognized. So, why not learn a little bit more about the man that is Junkyard Sam?
Questions with Junkyard Sam
When did you become “Junkyard Sam” and what does the title mean?
JS: These days everyone is an artist, and about half of them are named "Matthew Cox." So I use that weird birth name for my commercial work and publish my "own" art as Junkyard Sam.
It's difficult to close my lips over my giant teeth so "Junkyard" is a lot easier to say than "Matt." At one company they just called me "Junkyard" because there were like 5 other people there named Matt. I like that. Junkyard. It's easy to say.
But Sam is even harder to say than Matt. Oh well.
Some of your illustrations can have an eerie/creepy quality . . . so I was wondering, can you tell me of the strangest/scariest/creepiest nightmare that you’ve ever had?
JS: All through my youth I had this recurring dream where I was on a small, bright, moonlike miniplanet. (About 100 yards in diameter.) The sky is black, and I'm inside this strange round barricade made of sandbags. The room has windows in every direction but no glass. No protection from whatever's outside. Just sandbags and a cobbled together wooden roof to shield me from the light. I hide there in the dark looking out into the bright emptiness. Nothing ever happens, but the silence and loneliness is terrifying.
I've had this dream thousands of times and I'd rather not have it again, but since you reminded me of it I'm sure I will! Thanks a lot!
You told me that 2015 was the year where things sort of clicked for you and your work. What is one thing you would like to accomplish in 2016 in regards to your art that if done, would be a solid and pleasing win for you.
JS: I work in the game industry where competition is fierce and there's always an art director standing over your shoulder criticizing... In the marketplace nothing is ever good enough, and when I leave work an invisible art director hangs over my shoulders saying terrible things about everything I do.
In 2015 I figured out how to put tape over that art director's mouth and I made about 100 drawings with the kind of fun my children have when they make art. My personal work is chock full of errors, flaws, and imperfections, but the fun I have while drawing seems to come across to people in my art. That makes me happy!
It means a lot to me when people let me know they like my drawings because those art directors just say the most terrible things...
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A compilation of 46 Question interviews conducted in 2015.
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