I love adding new talent to the Poster Posse and such is the case with Peter Gutierrez. His Behance page description is as follows: Peter Gutierrez is a designer / illustrator based in Los Angeles who is passionate about his work, and is always willing to take on design challenges. Peter turned in an awesome piece for our Pacific Rim project and after the dust settled, I got the chance to ask him a few questions.
BLURPPY – How long have you been creating art in the pop culture scene? How did you get started?
PG – About a year ago or so. My friends and I got together and started a group (Dynamic Rex), and we signed up for the Artist Alley for several cons in the southeast. A number of the shows I was getting into were also pop culture themed.
BLURPPY – Is art your full time job? If not, what else do you do?
PG – Yes, but the work I show online isn’t from my day job. I work at an agency for the entertainment industry, as a graphic designer.
BLURPPY – Hmmm… I wonder what I have seen of yours…? Whose work do you admire or collect?
PG – Several artists. I don’t own a lot of their work, but I’d say my biggest influences are J3Concepts, Hydro74, Kako, Martin Ansin, Ken Taylor, and Kevin Tong. I know those are all the big cats, but I feel I learn from them when I look at their work.
BLURPPY – What one print, by another artist, blows your mind?
PG – One of Kevin Tong’s Mogwai posters, I remember staring at that one for a real long time. What really got to me was how he was overlaying his inks, really inspiring.
BLURPPY – I HAD to include this awesome process video Kevin did for that piece. I bet fans have NO idea how much goes into these things. With so much art being produced these days, how do you keep things fresh?
PG – I’m constantly trying out new things, especially from a design perspective. For the most part, I try focusing on making my current piece better than the last, or at least different enough so it doesn’t look like a repeat.
BLURPPY – Besides working on BLURPPY’s Poster Posse Project, what is your dream project?
PG – I’ve been wanting to re-do my Skinmetal series. I had started that series just so see how far I can take a piece. Once there was nothing else I could do, the piece was done. I’ve learned a lot since then so I’d like to re-do it.
Also, I’ve been thinking of expanding the series. At the cons, people would ask “that’s cool, what’s it from?” I’d tell them it’s original, and most of the time I’d get a compliment, and the viewer would move on to some fan art. So I want to create a story, and let that gather momentum, then I’ll brand the series, and create an identity for each robot, and then ultimately have a new screen print poster series. I’m basically thinking of making a series with a series so I can sell a poster series.
BLURPPY – If you weren’t creating highly desirable works of art for adoring fans, what else would you do?
PG – Life would be way different; I don’t think I would know most of the people I know now. I don’t know what I’d be doing. Perhaps I’d be an architect, or some sort of engineer.
BLURPPY – Or maybe a hot dog vendor at the Angels Games or perhaps a lifeguard with a talking car. When it comes right down to it, ANYTHING is possible right? What movies are you excited to see this year/ next year?
“K.I.T.T.” by Peter Gutierrez
PG – Elysium. Pacific Rim was awesome, felt like a kid watching it, loads of fun.
BLURPPY – I agree. I can’t remember the last time a movie had me moving to the punches in my seat like Pacific Rim did. What is your favorite print from your portfolio and why?
PG – My Gratias print for two reasons.
Reason one is technical. It was my last print that I hand-pulled, and it was my most experimental print. I mixed the black ink with another kind of ink that had a metallic luster, and I included a glow in the dark layer. The design overall was a big experiment as well.
Reason two is more personal. I was blessed with a lot of great people in my life. So before moving to LA I gave this print to them as a token of thanks. I’m considering making this a tradition, we’ll see.
BLURPPY – Sounds amazing. Would LOVE to see it in person someday. (They always look better in person!) What’s your biggest pet peeve about the pop culture art scene?
PG – It’s more about pop culture than art. People will buy bad pop culture art over good original art.
BLURPPY – Hey, lett’em, that’s what I say. Then it is easier for ME to get the good stuff! What has been your best experience to date, in the pop culture art scene?
PG – The most fun I’ve ever had at pop-culture event was at the Artist Alley at Megacon 2013. Saw a bunch of old friends from school. I was tabling with my Dynamic Rex comrades, and our tables were right behind our professors’. It was a fun weekend.
BLURPPY – What was your most embarrassing moment as an artist?
PG – Once, one of the artists I follow was selling his work on ebay. For some reason I thought someone had ripped his work, so I tweeted him something dumb and made myself look like a fool online.
BLURPPY – NAH, I’m sure he was stoked you were looking out for him. Simple mistake, could happen to anyone. I make mystakes all the time. What is the best interview question you’ve ever been asked and what was your answer?
PG – “If you were any kind of bread, what would you be?” I said would like to be the bread used for Communion, because I feel very BLESSED to be doing what I’m doing. (Viewer, don’t read into that any deeper. Wouldn’t want any misinterpretations.)
BLURPPY – Who the hell was interviewing you, a deli? Nice response though. I would have gone with Sourdough. Nevermind, what do you have on tap for the rest of 2013 and don’t give us that line, “Lots of stuff , just can’t talk about it yet”
PG – I’ve got some cool shows lined up. One of which will have a lot more work than I usually exhibit in these shows. Definitely doing some shows with Hero Complex Gallery, they’re great to work with.
Yeah, those guys are great. They have some incredible stuff coming up. Can’t wait to see what you do with them. Ok, this is it, the home stretch. Lightning round time. I’ll throw out a few things and you answer off the top of you head. Ready, set…..GO!
– DC or Marvel?
Marvel, sorry Batman.
– Most Desired Super Power?
– Telekinesis. You can lift other objects without having to be super strong, and you can lift yourself, without having to fly. Also aren’t force fields included? It’s a bargain!
– Who is your favorite Star Wars Character and why?
R2-D2, childhood favorite. (Queue R2-D2 sound effect)
– Best movie snack?
– Dibs. Well, until they start to melt, have to eat them fast, that’s the downside.
– Growing up, what was your favorite TV show?
– I was in to all the Japanese monster/robot shows like Pokemon, Digimon, Medabots and Yu-Gi-Oh.
– What’s the best way for fans to keep up with all you have going on?
– What’s your favorite pop culture event?
– Megacon in Orlando. It’s just a fun weekend of hanging out with friends, selling prints, and running into people that I’ve not seen in a while.
– Who is your favorite fictional character of all time and why? (Can be comic books, movies, literature, etc)
– To be honest, I really enjoyed Captain America (From the 2011 movie). There we have a moral, humble character that strives to do what he believes is right. Favorite line “I’m just a kid from Brooklyn.”
– Would you rather design the poster for an upcoming Star Wars movie or the upcoming Blade Runner sequel?
– Blade Runner. I like all the symbolism and icons that was in the first (eyes, owls, snakes, origami, etc), so hopefully the second follows suit.
Ok, so we just learned that Peter is braver than me because he just pissed off Batman and there is NO telling how the Dark Knight will respond! I want to thank Peter for his time in doing this interview as well as his wonderful piece for Poster Posse #3. I’m hoping he comes back for more Poster Posse Projects in the future! (If he survives the wrath of Batman that is…)