Sacramento Art History Consortium’s Featured Artist: Blake Krause
by Bree Garcia
BK: I was born in Sacramento, but I grew up in New Mexico. I have been drawing off and on all my life, but I got serious about art in my late teens. It was really nice, I was surrounded by talented friends and we all loved to share our work with each other. After working too long at a pizza restaurant, I got dependent on the steady income and lost touch with my art. I fell into a deep depression. I moved back to Sacramento to be with family. I quickly jumped into school to pursue my love of animation, illustration and comics. I graduated in June, with one complete comic under my belt and have been working on comic stuff since.
SAHC: Can you give us a brief description of your creative process? What is your preferred medium and style?
BK: Hmmm. I don’t feel like there is much to my creative process. In the past it involved a lot of coffee and all-nighters haha! I guess it starts with a sketch, then I refine, find references if needed, do my final pencil work and then ink. My favorite medium is india ink, water colour, and markers. Usually on Bristol board or comic art boards.
SAHC: As a Sacramento artist what responsibilities do you believe that you have to the local and the global community?
BK: I think it would be to pass on the tradition. I didn’t just start drawing out of nowhere and hardly anyone just starts drawing and is automatically great. I’ve had inspiration, influences, teachers and friends. They all contributed to the artist that I am today, and I think it’s important to share what I’ve learned and where it came from.
SAHC: What advice do you have for emerging artists, or those pursuing a career in the arts?
BK: Be tenacious, don’t work in a bubble, and don’t be afraid of being unoriginal. You’ll get there. You just gotta work hard, get out and learn, learn from other artists and expand yourself, and let your work reflect your influences.
SAHC: Who are some of your favorite Sacramento Artists, and why?
BK: Casey Robin – She’s super talented and just a wonderful person overall. She’s got a great personality and she’s just so much fun.
My teacher, Mach Yeager – I learned so much from him. And he really drilled me and pushed me to push myself.
SAHC: Where are some of your favorite Art/ Art History resources found?
BK: The internet haha! Of course, I love art books. I also think it’s important to get out and go to the local museums and galleries.
SAHC: Is there anything else about the arts here in Sacramento that you would like share with our reader?
BK: I think that if you look for it you will find it. When I moved out here, I was worried I wouldn’t find my place as an artist then I was kinda surprised by the art scene. We also have a nice little comic community going on that’s really cool.
SAHC: Where can your work be viewed, or found online?
My website is http://squidblake.wix.com/blakekrause
And my sketch blog is http://squidblakesketchblog.tumblr.com