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Crump Smash Interview


A little bit of anime, combined with US animation, and some New York vibes are a good representation of Crump Smash. Find out more here!
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Where do you find your inspiration?

I would say it mostly comes from NYC, the buildings, the culture, the subways, but not the smells though lol. Hip-hop culture; graffiti, b-boying (breakdancing), the ideology, the energy, and the flow it projects. And of coarse animation and comics are my biggest influences.
All things you can see in his work!

What has been the best moment in your career?

My internship at Imajimation (Blokhedz) was my best moment in my career, the team was great, and they are my family in LA, like big brothers. The whole experience was great though. Basically I was thrown right into the mix of things, so being a kid straight from college and getting to design and animate on projects instead of doing administrative work was awesome. It was my first experience in animation. Plus it was a cool and positive environment and it never felt like work, it felt like we were all just hanging out and drawing. Not to mention got to meet other dope artists out there and visit several other big animation studios during my time out there. A very treasured experience.

What is your ideal day?

I'm a simple person; give me a day where I get time to myself. Blast some Afrika Bambaataa or Busta Rhymes on my computer and complete an illustration; from thumbnails to the finished product in one day, and I'm good. And I forgot to mention a nice bottle of whiskey by my side would be nice too lol. Being a father of 2 boys, having time for you is a luxury lol, and I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Sounds like an ideal day to us!

Who is your role model?

Role model? Hmm that’s a good question, currently I don't have any role models in the sense that I look up to and god struck or listen too “what would so and so do in this situation? For example”, I do follow some artists though and set a bar to where I want my success and skill level to be at and better, such as Lesean Thomas, Joe Madureira. I’m not sure if that counts as role models. I try to not put people on pedestals, because I understand that they are human and all have been at the same skill level I am at currently and that helps keep me motivated.

What is your dream project?

Oh Man that’s a tough question. There are a few in my mind right now, it is just hard for me to focus on 1 and really put the energy into it which is key. But they all coincide with each other since they revolve around the same characters; I want to produce several urban vinyl toys, a comic book, and an animated project based on those characters. I really need to stop dragging my feet on it lol.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?

There are 3 pieces of advice that have helped shape me and are all equally important. The first one was from my dad "Work hard now, play later". The second two I learned on my own in my career; “Failure is temporary. Failure is a part of learning. Learn from your mistake and move on.” And  “Persistence is key to success, it takes consistent time and pressure to turn a lump a coal into a diamond”.

For what in life do you feel most grateful?

Waking up everyday, my family, working at a job I enjoy, and all of my successes and especially the hardships and downfalls I have had in my life.
If you could work with another artist, who would it be and what would you work on?

I would want to work with one artist and an animation studio on different projects. If I had the opportunity to on an animated project, I would love to work with Lesean Thomas. The energy and the sense of story telling he puts into his storyboards, I would love to see how he would interpret my characters especially in an action sequence. In addition to Lesean Thomas I would love to work with Studio Trigger, with the dynamic angles and quality of animation, I would love to see them bring life to my character designs.

What's the single most important skill you've learned to be successful at creating art?

Patience, simple as that, doesn’t matter how many times you draw something what matters is the end result. I use to get impatient with my work and rush through it and the quality would suffer and I would have to restart the piece. That and you need patience to deal with clients lol.

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