Do you like rad cars? Do you like rad surfboards? Do you like these two things together? Well if you answered yes for all of the previous questions, then I think that Kevin Butler is the guy for you! From one artist to another: let’s ask him a few questions…shall we?
Hi there Kevin! Please introduce yourself and tell us why you do, what you do!
My name is Kevin Butler. When I’m not surfing or skateboarding with my son, I draw rad cars with rad surfboards on them. I’ve drawn nearly 400 and not slowing down anytime soon.
Burritos or Tacos?! I feel like we can only truly know you once we have the answer to this question!
Burritos all day long. If it were up to me, I’d only eat burritos.
You seem to have an interest in vans, buses, and other rad rigs. What are you driving these days?
I just sold my 84 VW Westfalia Camper van. I am on the hunt for a pre-1978 VW panel van. They are hard to find.
Can you describe the time you first realized that illustration was the name of your game?
I think I just realized it with these questions. No, kidding. I went to art school and illustration was my first major. (I had a few). I’ve always loved to draw. I think my favorite part is being able to go from nothing to something in one sitting. I painted, did ceramics, all kinds of stuff and I never liked having to leave the work and come back.
Do you have any kind of routine or ritual that would help in your creative process? If so, set the scene for us.
A big blank sheet of paper. music, coffee. A door open. I always start with a pencil. Refine the lines with ink, scan it in, then color it digitally. I also occasionally paint pics with hands. That’s more of a process, but it’s good for me to do it every once in a while. Mix it up.
If you could spend the day with one person from any time in history, who would it be, and why?
Funny thing. My great great…great? I don’t know how many “great”… Distant grandfather was an artist. He used to finish Michaelangelo’s paintings, and he created a bunch of his own work. His name was Phillipe Leippe. I’ve found random articles on him and stuff and heard stories from my grandfather (who’s also an artist). Anyway, I think it’d be cool to hang out with someone from that time that I’m also related to. Hear what he thinks about art, and the stuff I make.