Showcase & Interview
The inspiring work of Canadian artist Frank Porco is as unique as it is diverse. From tattoo designs to shoes, Porco’s black and white designs orchestrate a symphony of delicious design on any surface. In this exclusive interview, Designers Best Friend talks to the self taught artist about his work, dreams and where he is headed.
Are you able to describe who you are and what you do?
My name is Frank Porco, Im 21 years old, I live just outside of Toronto Ontario, and I am a self taught artist. Altho I have a college diploma for Computer Animation, I do strive to become a professional tattoo artists one day. Currently I am building up a portfolio to apply for a tattoo apprenticeship, but in the mean time, I am completing an internship in the computer animation industry.
How would you describe your portfolio?
My portfolio is a mixture of things. Mostly black and grey inspired tattoo art.
When did you first decide you wanted to pursue a creative career?
I feel that I was always creative. I think as we grow up we loose our creativity, but I would say at about age 13 I started realizing how fun art was. During high school I got doing research on the tattoo industry and started experimenting with different styles. I am self taught, and would practice every single day, locked in my room very determined to become a decent artist. It started off with just drawing and painting, but now it has escalated to many mediums. One of which is computer animation, which I attended college for.
What is your favourite medium to work in?
My favorite medium to work in is graphite. Its extremely rewarding when you can capture perfect shading in a piece. Plus, I like old black and white photos, and it kind of reminds me of those.
Can you describe your creative process?
Usually it all starts with an idea. Then ill move on to the internet looking for inspiration and reference. Ill usually do a bunch of rough sketches to get the idea out after that. Then I just start. Im not sure what happens after that…
How did you get to where you are today?
I got where I am today through tons of practice and a lot of dedication. I taught myself everything I know about art. If you saw my drawings in the past you would probably laugh. I only know of a few people who have very old drawings of mine, and I feel so sorry for them. lol!
What is the biggest challenge you have found, being in the creative industry?
I would say the biggest challenge is gaining the respect you deserve. When you tell someone your an artist, its seems that they shrug it off as if to say ” so whats your REAL job? ” That being said, a lot of people except you to create for free, and thats a little frustrating seeing the amount of time it really takes to create something with the up most quality, but you dont see artists getting too upset about it because we love doing what we do, its barely even a job.
What inspires you?
A lot of things inspired me, but most of my inspiration comes from other artists. Ill try and name a few; Nikko Hurtado, Jun Cha, Big Gus, Michael Hussar, Carlos Torres, Kat Von D, Da vinci…. just to name a few. Im also really into old religious artwork as well as old victorian style pieces. They just dont do it like they used to.
Do you have an all time favourite piece of work you have created?
Like every artist I think your never completely happy with a piece. Every time I finish something Im in love with it for an hour, then I start thinking on what I would do differently next time around, but if I had to pick something out of my portfolio Id have to say the piece I did where half of the face is a skull and the other half is a woman with Day of the Dead makeup. Its a very old piece, and there is so much I would change, but I created that piece the year when I really knew my drawings were getting there. Guess its more of a memory thing, as well as an accomplishment at the time.
How do you choose a colour scheme for a new piece of work?
I dont tend to work in too much colour only because its something that i havnt spent enough time studying. I do wish to start doing more coloured pieces because I do get a lot of requests to do so.
If you could give some advice to aspiring creative minds, what would it be?
I would say dont give up and do what ever it is you want to do. There are going to be so many people who will try and bring you down and tell you that being an artists isn’t a career choice. Not only is it a great carrer choice, it shouldn’t really be about that. If you get too lost in doing your work because of money or to keep up with a status, then your not creating for the right reasons and it will definitely show within your work. Work hard, Practice and learn from other artists around you. Just enjoy yourself! If you do all those things and never give up, everything should work out fine.
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