A life long art hobbyist. My love for art was born through competition, after seeing my older sister draw my grandmother's rocking chair for a school project (I believe). Her encouragement and eagerness to share her newly acquired skills was the catalyst for my now 30+ year hobby. It was consequently because of her not only did I begin to draw, attend art high school but, the reason I participated in this fantastic project (thank you sis!).
As most young kids growing up in the 90's I wanted to draw comics but, frustration and lack of fundamentals due to a stubbornness to learn those fundamentals closed the walls on my then objective. It wasn't until my Freshman or Sophomore year in high school where my closest friend introduced me to H.R. Giger's Necronomicon, that my life as an artist would finally begin to take form (thank you Omar). I became obsessed with the details, layers and dark subject matter. Constantly trying to replicate his work through my basic artistic skills. It was also around that time that I learned about the various types of pencils I could potentially use in order to achieve those aforementioned goals but, my then current financial situation, disdain for the "smudge" (and dirtiness thereof) coupled with the constant sharpening did I begin to search for a solution. That solution was a ballpoint pen. My medium has not changed in the last 20+ years, I've only added to it, carefully and deliberately. I no longer have interests solely in creating monsters and comics but, of life, and those subjects that speak to me through a master holding a lens. I now take inspiration from the many greats, past and present. From the basic fundamentals of design and most importantly (at least for me) the contrast between harmony and chaos.
I've had many moments in my "artistic life" where I learned something that would alter and therefore improve my process. Many works of art that I'm proud of but, this little sketchbook is my crowning achievement. I could go on explaining the many reasons why but, instead I prefer the viewer to experience it uninfluenced like the blank canvas it once was.
Thanks for looking.
Rob Vigo aka. Vigostar
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