Q+A: Tyler Gasek

Get wild on the Lower East Side with New York artist Tyler Gasek. His colorful illustrations of tangled and tentacled sea creatures will keep you on the edge of your seat, even on dry land.

How would you describe your style?

I would describe my style as some sort of fusion of ’70s and ’90s cartoon art with fantastical connotations. 

What subjects do you enjoy working on?

I enjoy drawing caricatures, gig posters, album covers, tattoo-inspired flash-sheet style art, maps, landscapes, and twisted renditions of people throughout history.

What medium(s) do you work in?

I work primarily in pen as well as ink-brush, although recently I have taken up a fusion of pen and colored pencil. Of course I do doctor a lot of my stuff up on Photoshop as well.

How has your process evolved?

My process has evolved from drawing zippy cartoons in middle and high school to full on undertakings of larger, more detailed themes, still drawing on a cartoonish overall theme, but I would say it has simply become more elaborate, fusing realistic contour, texture, and gestures, with that of cartoons. 

What got you started creating art?

My parents were claymation animators, and so at a very young age I began to impersonate the storyboard art they would rely on to do their animations. I also watched a lot of classic ’90s cartoons, seeing that I was a part of that generation.  When no one was looking, I would sneak into my dad’s collection of R. Crumb comics from the ’70s. 

What artists influence your work?

Artists that influence me include R. Crumb, Sergio Toppi, Victor Moscoso, Mati Klarwein, Alan Forbes, Rickey Becket, Caitlin Mattison, Ruco, Hiernonomous Bosch, and Dutch Renaissance painting. 

"When no one was looking, I would sneak into my dad’s collection of R. Crumb comics from the '70s."

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