Drawing inspiration from life and the city around him, Aaron uses 248STUDIO to bring his visions to fruition. Throughout his life, Aaron has loved drawing and painting. After taking a hiatus from art and pursuing a business degree, Aaron found his way back to creating new art pieces and 248Studio was born.
248Studio is Aaron’s brainchild and showcase for his unique perspective. He has an incredible talent for creating complex, edgy, yet coherent pieces that can make even the most boring walls awesome. He isn’t concerned with color accents, his world is all about color, as displayed in his artwork created through 248 Studio. His imaginatively altered photography is brimming with bold pigments. Aaron says he definitely tries to go bright to make everything pop.
Aaron creates his products using a variety of techniques and mediums, mixing new and old, and the final products appeal to many different people and styles. Aaron always like to focus on what the viewer will see in the art and how he can make a connection to each person.
How long have you been creating your artwork?
I started doing art in 2010. I really appreciate the people that first bought my early work. They are the reason I still make art. I added screen-printed clothing at the end of 2014 and it is something I really have grown to love. It is so cool to see someone rocking your shirt out in the world. People that buy my art don’t usually invite me over to see it hanging on their wall...sometimes though.
What makes your artwork unique or distinctive?
I have my own style. Self-taught digital media artist. But my highly detailed work has a painted look rather than a cut and paste graphics.
What do you remember wanting to be when you grew up?
Rich. Ha. Ok, I wanted to be a comedian. Or an artist. Took a while to do art. Still waiting for the comedy...
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
I had a few interesting jobs! I did club security when I was in my early 20's - pretty cool! I was the door bouncer. It was really fun, and I definitely enjoyed it.
What inspired you to start creating your artwork & how did you turn it into a business?
It started as a meditation type hobby after the passing of my mother. I spent some time and got better. Luckily someone bought something.
Where do you gather most of your inspiration for your artwork?
My number one inspiration for art is music. Music gives me ideas, but its instrumental in my working environment to have music playing while I create. Preferably very loud!
What is your favorite...
Color: Well...to wear, 10000% black. I always wear black shirts. My last two trucks were both black. All Black Everything.
Animal: I love dogs. But for art, I like gorillas and bears. I identify with both. Here is a photo of my mural with my favorite gorilla.
Season: 100% summer. I like the long days. When people say they like winter, I think they are lying.
Movie: I love movies, it's hard to pick just one.
Board Game: I am personally not that into board or card games.
Holiday: I like Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day (summer holidays:)
Coffee: I enjoy espresso. I am straight addicted to Starbucks, it's sad how much money I spend there.
Ice cream: I love ice cream, but lactose intolerant. So I guess whatever Ben & Jerry's alternative is, I will eat it.
Superpower: Uh, all of them! I already feel pretty strong, so I guess I would want super speed. I have had dreams that I am running super fast to a train, so yeah, speed!
What do you most love about the creative process?
I like it when I am working on a piece and I have a creative breakthrough and the piece sucks me in until it's done.
What do you enjoy doing besides making art?
Everything. My dog. Movies. Sports. Art shows.
What are your goals for the future, both artistically and in life?
My goal for my business is to be able to consistently work on art! When you own your own business, there are lots of tasks to be done. I want to get things running in a way that gives me the most creative time, rather than, you know, doing accounting.
What's the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
The best advice I was ever told, "don't be afraid to ask questions." I live by this. I always ask - but not for directions. Ever!
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?
I have spoken with a lot of young artists that really enjoy my art and want to be artists. I remind them that often as an artist, you have a lot of jobs besides being an artist. The artist, the secretary, the accountant, the manager, the janitor! So make sure you broaden your skill set.
You can find lots of Aaron's fantastic digital artwork & clothing at Yellow Door and online.