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Check out Carson Smith’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carson Smith.

Carson, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up surrounded by art. My mom has been a graphic designer, art teacher, and fine artist for a while and she was definitely the one that exposed me to a lot of styles, techniques, and artists! I drew a lot and took some art classes growing up, but I didn’t really start taking it seriously until I was a junior in high school. I was inspired by skateboard graphics, street art, cartoons, tattoos and lowbrow culture. Looking at that imagery made me look at art as something that didn’t have to be taken seriously all the time. I then started doing illustrations of wacky characters and themes because it was the most natural and fun way of drawing to me. Since then, I have been developing more as an artist and have done commission work for local companies and bands, have been designing t-shirts and skate decks, and am now a tattoo apprentice.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I make illustrations in a lowbrow, illustrative style. My process mainly involves using markers, watercolors, and colored pencils. With my artwork, I try to create worlds that showcase characters that are having a good time and being amused by the simple things in life! I hope people can see a light-hearted way of viewing the world when they look at my illustrations. I try to show super fun and adventurous characters that are on a permanent vacation where the stresses of money and work don’t exist.

I gather inspiration from many things including modern art and the environments I have grown up in like the ocean and the desert. With my illustrations, I try to create little worlds that I’d like to live in or explore. The characters sometimes represent people in my life, but mostly they are random dudes, dudettes, and animals that are just having a good time and being amused by the simple things in life!

Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I think the role of artists have changed to where a lot of people use their art to raise awareness, protest, and as visual communication to show their stance on what is going on in the world. Sometimes, I feel like only art can fully express the absurdities of the issues that are going in the world. I tend to take a whimsical approach and try to make people forget about the craziness of the world but also find some humor in it as well to lighten the mood.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can see my work on Instagram @carsonsmithart. I also do various art walks and festivals around Arizona which I post about on my Instagram as well. They can support my artwork by heading over to my etsy shop where I have a bunch of reprints and stickers for sale! They can also buy skate decks, t shirts, and buttons off of my brand’s website: taffylife.com.

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