Well June is upon us and July’s right around the corner and we promised a Summer full of talented, interesting and Sexy Artists. Wait….did we say sexy? No, we didn’t. So why now? Well, it just so happens that our next Artist we’re hosting on Two Voices…One Thought fits that description.
Okay ladies, look, enjoy & be amazed at his talent while chatting him up, cuz our next interview is with our new Book Cover Artist, Mr. Nick DeMarsico. And not only is he brilliant and a sweet guy but he’s handsome as hell! And did we tell you he’s Italian? Yep, like Inion.
Nick’s joined our team of creatively brilliant Artists who work with us to bring our books to the Market. And we can’t tell you how excited we are to have him join us.
What made us pounce on this Artist? Nick’s visions are unique in that he not only pulls from the environment around him but uses that deliciously dark mind of his to bring forth real works of art. But whereas some Artist pick a genre and stick with it…Nick’s art knows no bounds as his creativity is limitless.
He has recently just finished the back cover to our book The Perfect 7 which will be republished, very soon. Drum roll please…..
For those of you who’ve read The Perfect 7, you’ll know what we mean when we tell you that the picture Nick created is intricate to the story; the Tattoo that the five boys get while on Isle Exodus.
What made this a tough job, is that we give a very vague description of the tattoo, so Nick had to virtually start from scratch, which is why we told him: “Take complete Artistic liberties and dazzle us.” And he did just that!!
So, let’s get on with the interview:
(INM) Nick, we can’t tell you how happy we are to have you here on Two Voices…One Thought to help us reveal our latest back cover for The Perfect 7
(ND) Happy to be a part of the team.
(INM) So Nick…tell us a little bit about your gift. How long have you been working at your art; was this something you started as a child or did it come much later in life?
(ND) Well, I have been drawing all my life. As soon as I was old enough to discover what a pencil could do to a piece of paper, it is all I ever wanted to do.
(INM) Wow, amazing!! Your attending School right now, tell us a little bit about the School, what you’re studying and the direction which you’ll be taking this.
(ND) I am currently enrolled at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina. I am a transfer student in the Fine Arts program. I have a strong appreciation and passion for every aspect of art. My current direction is more targeted towards Conceptual Art. I plan to attend Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, to pursue a degree in Illustration.
(INM) Impressive, Nick. So, who are your greatest influences and tell us why.
(ND) A number of people have impacted me throughout my life… God most of all. On a more specific level, my influence has a name… Kaitlin Johnston, whose dedication, work ethic, and, most of all, friendship has helped shaped me into who I am today.
(INM) Sounds like an amazing lady and phenomenal supporter!! Nick, tell us which of your pieces is your favorite and what inspired you to create it.
(ND) My favorite piece is a self-portrait of sorts. It is an accurate depiction of what being an artist means to me. What inspired me to create this particular work is something that inspires all artists… a soul-defining idea that is unique within every artist… the desire to create. Through this artwork, I wanted the viewer to understand that anything is possible. The only limits in art are the ones that lie beyond the paper’s edge.
(INM) Nice….Nick, we can’t tell you how excited we are to be working with an Artist as talented as you. Clearly you’re passionate about what you do. Is there anything else that you artistically try your hand at or want too someday?
(ND) It is an honor to be a part of a team as talented and driven as this one. I want to dabble in every aspect of art. The area that intrigues me the most is sculpture. Rendering a three-dimensional piece of art that people can feel and touch that not only provokes emotion, but engages all the senses is what fascinates me the most.
(INM) Now that is truly unique our friend!! When you can tantalize the viewer by appealing to all their senses. Can’t wait to experience that!! Nick, The Perfect 7 was the first of our books published and as you know is quite dark. The ever-present battle between good & evil; it’s filled with demons and hosts the infamous Four Riders of the Apocalypse.
When Dawn (our third voice) finished reading it, she immediately came to us and said. My nephew is like you two. He has that dark artistic mind and is always coming up with twisted images!!! I really think the three of you should meet & join minds! (By the way…thank you Dawn!!!)
Do you find yourself leaning towards dark Art or do you find balance in your creativity and like to explore?
(ND) Balance is something we all strive for, not just in art, but in life, as well. Through practice, exploration, and continuing my education, I have begun to see balance in the body of my work. Despite broadening my appreciation for a variety of subject matter, I will always have a deep interest for the more twisted and darker aspects of art.
(INM) Beautifully expressed and couldn’t agree more! This next question may be a little tough but something we’re dying to ask you. Tell us the thought process to the actual fleshing out of the work, that is to say, your technique in which you imagine, (find) come up with ideas, embellish on them and get them to canvas, pad or computer.
(ND) I designed the finished product to appear ancient in origin, but altered with new-school tattoo influences. It was not until I did my research that the story emerged and an image appeared. I found that my imagination feeds off the knowledge I acquire and that which already exists.
(INM) Bravo! Nick, how long did it take you to do this project from start to finish?
(ND) The entire process took one and a half to two weeks from beginning to end. When I am presented with a project, it becomes a twenty-four hour, seven day a week excuse to do what I love.
(INM) Love the drive & dedication! Nick, what’s your future hold? What are you working on presently and what can we expect from Nick DeMarsico in the coming years?
(ND) I am currently in the process of building a portfolio to submit to Ringling College of Art and Design. My current projects range from story-boarding and animated short film to still-life and observational drawings. The projects never stop and I like it that way. I have been told if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life and I could not agree more.
(INM) Good advice & absolute truth. Nick, this is your first time working with writer(s) how do you like it so far; and I’m sure our friends and visitors would love to know, seeing how we network with mostly writers, would you be interested in doing anymore projects/books for other writers? (She clears her throat) of course after you’re done with ours first!! Lol 😉
(ND) I enjoyed every second of it. It is exciting and inspiring to get a chance to work with other artists in a collaboration project. And yes, I am definitely interested in other job opportunities.
(INM) You heard it ladies and gentlemen. Nick, we get our best inspiration within our writing room when we’re bouncing off one another; or as we like to call it: “our make-believe time”. Where do you find your best inspiration?
(ND) I tend to find my best inspiration in the most unexpected of places. My inspiration is drawn from everyone and everything, such as life experiences and a plethora of emotions. More importantly, I feel my inspiration is drawn from a divine, more spiritual, source. It is virtually unexplainable where, when, and why inspiration strikes; I like to give all my attention to the inspiration itself, as well as acknowledge and give thanks to that higher power who has allowed access to these artistic visions.
Beautiful…Nick, and we want to thank you for coming by: Two Voices….One Thought and we look forward to working with you on our other books. We wish you the best of success in pursuing your Artistic Dreams!!!
For those of you who would like to follow Nick’s career, friend him or inquire about his fees, schedule, or input on a project, please feel free to contact him.
Nick DeMarsico, Charlotte, North Carolina