Patrik Washburn is an artist and writer who has been living in Japan for over 17 years. He is a pop/subculture junkie and he loves to create and tell stories through whatever media available: art, books, comics, music, film, television, animation, and live performance. Putter King sat down with Patrik to try to find out what inspires him.
I've been drawing for as long as I can remember, but I didn't consider myself an artist until about 5 years ago when I started making a living at it.
Great stories inspire me. Exotic locales inspire me. Beauty in all its forms inspires me. My wife Saho is my muse. Whenever I'm stuck creatively, I draw her and the ideas just start flowing.
The same advice I got as a kid: Draw! Draw! Draw! It's a skill that you hone, not a talent you're born with. Get those ideas on paper, date them, and keep them. You'll be able to track your progress.
Live. Live a lot. Have experiences, take chances, step outside your safety zone. Input is key.
Having a great story is always the best thing. Be honest with yourself and tell the stories that come from your experiences. The stronger you feel about your story, the more that others will connect with it.
The list is endless. I really love comic strips and radio shows from the first half of the 20th century. Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, H. P. Lovecraft are some of my favorite authors. Richard Stark's Parker series is a recent treat. Comic Books are my true love, however and there still aren't many out there that can beat Frank Miller, Alan Moore, Mike Mignola, Roy Thomas or Jeff Smith. For comic illustration, Sempe and Sergio Aragones are the masters.
Of course there should be challenge to a hole, but most of all it should be fun. Fun often means surprise. Also, have more than one way to beat a hole. A six-year old and a sixty-year old should both have fun and not be too frustrated. Good luck, everyone and I look forward to seeing the designs!