I’ve been following Phil McAndrew’s career with interest for several years. I think he was still in art school in New York when I found his drawings on LiveJournal. His funny, comfortable illustrations were consistently one of the highlights of my LJ feed then. He’s only gotten better, adding a proficiency with watercolors to his artistic arsenal and refining his “voice.” I caught up with Phil to talk about drawing, pizza, the short story, Mad Magazine, the life of the freelance artist, and his upcoming comics collection. -Zack Soto
We are trying to unload some extra 7”s we have by our band, The Grievants, so if anyone is interested, let me know and I’ll get one to them. We have a surplus of 2007’s Camels With Spacehelmets single and 2009’s “Sa” EP. John and I just gave some to NEEDLE DROP RECORDS and THE BOP SHOP, so if…
The Grievants are one of my favorite bands! They are such great dudes. You’d be a fool not to take advantage of this! Click through to Derek’s tumblr to hear some tunes.
I rarely reblog stuff or post art that isn’t my own on my main tumblr (which you’re reading right now) but some friends and I have been art-blogging up a storm with the newly re-launched INK MOUNTAIN. Basically any art or comics I’d consider reblogging on my own tumblr have been showing up on INK MOUNTAIN instead. Check it out.
How can you find focus in making art? I can't seem to re-grasp my own. I used to be able to draw for hours whenever I felt like it about a year ago, but now I feel drained and when I start a piece, I can't finish it or bring myself back to it because I feel like I hate it so much. Weird question, but I don't know how else to word it. Your work is great, thanks for the visual pleasures!
For me, when I’m feeling creatively drained or having a hard time forcing myself to finish a project, it’s usually just a matter of finding a way to remind myself that drawing is in fact FUN.
Sometimes I take a break from whatever I’m working on (deadline permitting) and work on something else. Sometimes it’s as simple as talking about the project with a friend and getting a fresh pair of eyes to look at it or maybe even just to hear some encouraging words. Sometimes I take a step back and ask myself why I’m not enjoying the project and what can I change to make it exciting again (the answer usually involves challenging myself in some way… boredom and/or lack of motivation usually occur when I’m not pushing myself to leave my comfort zone, even in some small way).