We had the good fortune of connecting with Devon Devereaux and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Devon, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The process of starting my own business was out of necessity. I entered the world of fine art/illustration/design in the late 90s. There was a system in place to go about these careers. Since then, the information age has created a bit of chaos in the art world. Its a much friendlier place for DIY creators. There are an abundance of new platforms to create and distribute products like Kickstarter, Instagram and other social media platforms. I found more success doing my own thing. I worked really hard in the beginning of my career trying to find illustration work for magazines and publications. I found it was really competitive and didn’t pay my bills. When I decided to break free of that and started making and distributing my own products, there was a lot more satisfaction both financially and creatively.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art comes from a love of the surreal, retro pop culture, classic monsters, 70s Italian genre films and gothic horror to name a few influences. I am always the most excited about the next project I’m working on and its possibilities. In this case, its comic book influenced by 70s mystery solving teams. I got to where I am professionally by not stopping or giving up. The struggle is to keep going when others around you shift focus or your long time peers stop creating. You have to have a passion for it that is completely your own. There are always challenges in the life of an artist. Trends constantly change. Outlets for you work constantly change. Because. of Covid 19, all of the major art shows and conventions have closed down. Ive learned this year that even though the logistics of doing shows has been shut down, the audience is more hungry than ever for new content and products. I would want folks to know I don’t put anything out into the world that I am not excited about. If its something I’m not passionate about it doesn’t leave the studio.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We live in one of the most beautiful cities in the country. I would hit up Coronado beach and see Hotel Del Coronado. Balboa Park is a must see. You definitely need to see downtown San DIego during Comic Con. San Diego has some great tiki bars and restaurants including False Idol, Bali Hai and the Grass Skirt.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shout out one of my favorite artists, Rick Geary, a comics veteran for Mad Magazine, National Lampoon and creator of the iconic parrot for San Diego Comic Con. He is a genius cartoonist and has been a great mentor and got my my first paid comics gig.
Other: Store: www.creepytiki.com