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David Degrand Interview


David Degrand is a pretty cool dude. His work has appeared in Spongebob, he illustrates a comic book, and his drawings are hilarious. David says he hopes that one day his kid will find his artwork cool, and don't worry David, we're positive he will. Read more about David here!

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When was the first moment you decided to be an artist?

I had been drawing comic strips for fun since I was 9 or 10 years old, but the first time I saw The Ren and Stimpy Show in the early 90's was what made me a cartoonist for life.

Where do you find your inspiration?

I get inspired by tons of different things such as old black and white cartoons from the thirties, cheesy horror and exploitation films, Godzilla movies, 8 and 16 bit video games, and of course a ton of different artists and cartoonists.

If you could work with another artist, who would it be?

This is a really tough question, as I have an almost endless list of artists that I love and that have inspired me. But if I had to choose a favorite artist I think I would have to go with Basil Wolverton.

What has been the best moment in your career?

I've been incredibly lucky in my art career to work on some amazing projects, but seeing my work for the first time in MAD Magazine has to be at the top. MAD was such a staple of my childhood, and influenced me so much that I never thought in a million years I would make it into the magazine.

What is your ideal day? 

My ideal day is to simply sit down with some coffee, put on some jazz music or a movie score, and draw all day long. I never said I was exciting!

Who is your role model?

My role model is my mom. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer around ten years ago, she showed so much courage and determination that it continues to inspire me today. She never once felt sorry for herself and still put her family first while battling the disease. Fortunately she beat it and has been healthy since.

What is your dream project?

I would love to eventually write and draw a comic book series inspired by my love of horror and monster movies. I've had the idea for a while, but can never find the time to do it.I create art because it's been the one thing that I can turn to where I truly feel like myself. Through drawing I can express feelings that I have no other outlet for, even when those drawings are of people covered in blood or having their skin peeled off. I don't think society would like it very much if I did those things in real life.

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