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RequestIAMA Request for guitar virtuoso Buckethead

Apr 3rd 2018 by xdzf • 23 Questions • 6844 Points

I'm an artist, father of two girls, a husband, and an outdoors hunter and fisherman. My collection "COLORISM" is an amazing display of colorful expressionist brushstrokes that brings my subject matter to life. I was originally born in a small city in Albania and moved to Canada in 1998. Few people know that I love to ATV and snowmobile, it is a cold county so you have to enjoy the outdoors. I'll be at Silicon Valley Comic Con this weekend showcasing my latest DC Comics universe inspired works of art. https://blendcota.com/

Proof: https://i.redd.it/zylw06h1jip01.jpg

Q:

Favourite superhero as a child?

A:

It is a toss up between batman and superman. Too hard to choose just one. Depends what comic book I was into at the time.


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Who is your favorite Disney character to paint?

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My favorite Disney character to paint has got to be Mickey Mouse. He is definitely my favorite but I love to paint him with Minnie Mouse.


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Of your work do you have a favorite piece? If so where is it now?

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I have a few favorite ones, it is too hard to choose just one. But if I had pick right now it would be "King of the Jungle" or "Flamenco Dancer" you can check them out at BlendCota.com. They are currently in my studio but they will both be going to Artexpo New York in (booth 202) April 19-21.


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Aside from Disney and DC related art, what is another franchise/company you like to do art of?

A:

I really enjoyed painting Elvis!


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Who are your favorite artists either historical or current?

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Picasso would have to be on my list.


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What are your thoughts on the seeming incongruous goals of fine art and commercial art? Your subject matter is obviously commercial, yet you are a fine artist where do you see yourself on the spectrum?

A:

In the middle... closer to fine art side


Q:

Are you actually Hugh Jackman's alternate timeline?

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No but it would be crazy if it were true. LOL


Q:

Wow. Beautiful art man. But I have an important question. Will it blend?

A:

sure


Q:

Have you done any work for comic books? What is the best advice for someone trying to break into the field?

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I currently only do Fine Artwork for DC comics but I would love to do a special Justice League issue one day.


Q:

Hello!

I see that you mentioned Catwoman was awaiting DC approval in another comment.

How did your relationship with Disney, DC, and other franchises begin?

As a follow up, if you have the time, in what ways are those relationships different?

Thank you so much for joining us on Reddit!

A:

I worked with a company called Art Brand Studios who helped open those doors. Have a wonderful day!


Q:

Do you speak Albanian? I always get interested when I meet figures who are Albanian because they're so rare! (I am Albanian too, but Macedonian Albanian.)

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I do speak Albanian.


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Hi mate, your paintings are awesome. For the budding artists amongst us do you manage to earn a living from your art alone or do you need to supplement it with other incomes?

A:

I live off my art and the opportunities it presents me. Good luck!


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What’s your favorite style or technique of art to do?

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modern expressionism but I like to refer to it as "Colorism"


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did you go to art school? what would you say to someone interested in doing the sort of stuff you do? thanks dude.

A:

I did and I would say work hard and practice, practice, practice.


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I absolutely love your work and as an artist I aspire to master my own style as you have done. My question to you is how long have you been painting and how long did it take for you to develop your style?

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I have been painting since I was six and it took a lifetime.


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What are your thoughts on digital comics vs. print comics?

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I love print comics but digital are convenient. Either way a lot of work goes into the artwork; a computer is a tool just like a brush is.


Q:

How much cake could you eat in a single sitting, hypothetically?

A:

no clue, interesting question.


Q:

How do you get yourself known to the big publishers such as DC?

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I work with a company called Art Brand Studios, they introduced me.


Q:

How do you get yourself known to the big publishers such as DC?

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Which DC character would you like me to paint next?


Q:

Are you saying you are a sexy fine artist? Or are you saying you're fine as in you're okay? Or do you even go so far as to say you are a fine artist as in a very good one?

A:

That is up to interpretation... but I like the way I look and my art. Judge for yourself at blendcota.com


Q:

You´re superbly talented, no doubt, but how did you end up fathering two girls, a husband and a couple of hunters at your age?!

A:

hard work


Q:

I saw you said you started painting around elementary, but I was curious, When you started taking art more seriously how many hours per week would you say you put into learning and drawing?

A:

I went to an art focuses high school and practiced my craft 8 hours a day, six days a week.


Q:

DC sucks, and Disney art sucks. Any reason we can't be friends?

A:

We can be friends, I do much more than just Disney and DC. BlendCota.com