James Gage

AGE: 35

BIRTHPLACE: Cleveland, Ohio

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Q: What do you like to depict in your artwork the most?

A: I like to create fun, and eye catching art that is a hybrid of urban and Japanese anime or manga-style art.

Q: What inspires your art the most?

A: My own visions and creativity, fashion, or even music I may be currently listening to inspires my art.

Q: What purpose does art serve for you?

A: For me, it is all about being creatively free and ultimately, inspiring others and to create a legacy that has an international impact.

Q: What are some of your favorite things to draw?

A: That’s a tough one. I’ll say women, creatures, men, supernatural or sci-fi, and other crazy things inspired by the anime that I grew up on.

Q: What are some of your future goals and aspirations?

A: I’m working on a comic book now, but the ultimate goal is to see my stories animated. Even when I visualize my ideas, they are never still images and are always animated in my head. Sometimes, I fight to make them stand still visually, so I can draw them.

Q: What is your favorite thing about love?

A: My favorite thing about love is that it is patient and understanding. It won’t judge you, or try to stop you from reaching your goals and achieving your dreams. Love will be with you hand-in-hand as you walk your destined path. The truest, greatest thing about love is that when it’s mutual, there are no limits to the heights that can be reached between those sharing love for each other in a friendship or a deeper relationship.

Q: Do you have a favorite love song?:

A: If I had to say one, it would be New Edition – “Can You Stand the Rain.”

Q: Who is your favorite designer, artist, and/or photographer? Why?:

A: I have a few artists in mind, but no one is better than a man named Hiroyuki Sawano. The reason is, not only is he such an accomplished musical composer in Japan with many soundtracks for different anime, TV, and video games in his portfolio, but his music is truly inspirational and emotionally moving. When I first heard his music, one song in particular had me visualizing my characters animated on a screen. Seeing them for the first time, and the feeling I got coupled with his music brought me to tears. I felt like my vision was attainable, and his music helps me to this day!

Q: What do you want to communicate through your art?

A: I want to communicate freedom of imagination and  no matter what you create,  no one can create it like you do! Yes, there will be others creating similar art, but NO ONE will do it like YOU do it!

Q: Describe your work in 3 colors.

A: Blue, Red, Black. Blue, because sky’s the limit for what I create. Red, for the sweat, tears, and blood I put into my creations. Black for the ink that mix of sweat, tears, and blood fall into my soul and in what I create.

Q: How has art impacted your life?

A: Tremendously, to say the least. It helps many others and inspires them to get back into art or even start creating. I feel like everytime people ask me questions and for advice or even when they see me create, it’s like me pouring good karma into the universal well of karma. One day, when it’s time, I’ll be able to draw from that well when I need something from someone in the places I’m trying to get to.

Q: What is the most creative project you have completed?

A: The most creative piece I would say would be an image of a young lady blowing her brains out. However, instead of blood and gore, I used color because the gun is inspiration and the bullets are the creative unblockers allowing for the vividness of her imagination to be free.

Q: What is the craziest thing you have done for love?

A: The craziest thing I have done for love was halt my creativity and passion to make someone I loved happy.


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