Entertainment Spotlight : Artist Nathan Archer

When did you know you wanted to be an artist?

I’ve always wanted to artist, from as far back as I can remember. Most of my early memories involve drawing with No. 2 pencils on dot matrix printer paper on the living room carpet. I was fortunate enough to have parents that encouraged my proclivity, so most of my summers were full of extra art classes where I was exposed to several different styles and approaches to art. 

What do you want visitors and locals to know about being an artist that they may not already know?

I know it sounds very cliche, but being an artist takes a lot of time and practice. No one ever started out be able to draw well, so if you’re interested in producing art, be willing to put the time in. It can be frustrating, but putting your ideas on paper can be a very rewarding practice.  

How has the industry evolved over the years?
I think the advent of the web has totally transformed the industry; with webcomics, as well as providing fast, affordable small run printing. No matter which format you prefer to work in, there are plenty of options to explore either. 

What inspires you for your art?

Friends and other local artists are always a big inspiration for me, as are my a ton of creators: Mike Allred, Jeff Smith, Matt Groening, Robert Crumb, Ralph Bakshi; the list goes on and on. I also take a lot of inspiration from my favorite fandoms: DC Comics, the X-Men, and Lego. 

What’s next for you?

Currently I’m getting ready for convention season down south. There’s MegaCon, taking place the last weekend in May in Orlando, and the Tampa Bay Comic Con happening the first weekend in August. I’m trying to expand my line of Cospigeons, postcard-sized prints of pigeons dressed as various pop culture characters. I’m thinking of adding a Deadpool and Harley versions to the mix. I’m always open to fan suggestions as well!

Describe being an artist in 5 words or less
Doing is the real art. 

What social media do you use?

You can find me on Facebook (/nathan.archer), Twitter (@NathanArcher), tumblr (narcher78), Instagram (NathanArcher), and my portfolio site,www.nathanarcher.me  


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