Artist Interview: Corey Thompson

I can’t even begin to tell how much I love Corey Thompson‘s sketchbook drawings. He’s got well over a dozen sketchbooks up on his website and might even have a few he’s hiding from us. Besides his killer sketchbook drawings, he also makes magnificent works of art on various size pieces of paper. Funky drawings + a colourful watercolour background will never disappoint. He printed some of his work in the form of a zine, titled I (One), which is available for purchase!

Tell me a little bit about yourself!

I live in Portland, OR and I enjoy making things: art, zines, doodles, hand drawn type, and whatever else I think of.

When did you start making art?

I grew up always drawing. I use to look at old comics and the art in them would always inspire me to draw. When I was younger I would usually draw epic stick figure wars and dudes that would wear monk-like robes. Been drawing ever since.

How does living in Portland affect the work you make?

It’s a really creative community which really keeps you inspired and motivated. Lots of makers to look up to.

Why do you think it’s so important to be constantly drawing in a sketchbook?

It’s a great way of getting your ideas and thoughts out. A lot of the doodles will be horrible, but the other ones will lead to something magical.

How would you describe your style of work?

Really-really loose and playful.

What are some things you think you have mastered drawing?

To be honest I don’t think I’ve mastered drawing anything yet. I feel like I have a long way to go before anything is mastered. Drawing hover-boards would be a sweet thing to master. Why aren’t those real yet?

I (One) [below] was a brilliant zine, when can we expect the next zine from you to come out? What type of work will be included in it?

The next zine should be out soonish, I’ve been saying that for a month now. There was a printing error the first time I printed them, so I had to get them reprinted. This time the zine has a the theme: movies I used to own on VHS. It’s full of illustrations of the movies I grew up on. The zine will come with a Mystery VHS Tape from my collection too.

What’s your personal favourite zine in your collection?

Hands down White Cat Vision by Panayiotis Terzis. It’s full of awesome silkscreen prints and zinc plate etchings. I got it at Floating World Comics. Best. Purchase. Ever.

Tell me a bit about your blog, Super Duper!

I blog about things I dig. Could be movies, artists, designers, awesome t-shirts. It’s really laid back, compared to other blogs.

Who are some of your favourite artists from Portland?

Seth Neefus, Kate Bingaman-Burt, Timothy Karpinski, Scrappers, Jolby & Friends, APAK, Curtis Sorensen, and a zillion more artists.

Who’s the ‘Monster Squad‘?

Me and my guinea pig, Guinea J. Jackson.

What have you got planned for the coming months?

My next zine. II. Besides that I am just going to continue to make things and hopefully colab with some rad people.

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