We had the good fortune of connecting with Tim Fagaly and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tim, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I love making lines. Even in childhood, I would often find myself preferring time spent creating versions of my favorite cartoon and comic characters (and some of my own) than much else. By the time college came around, I was beginning to have more choice to where life could lead. By the time I graduated in 2010 from CSULB in the Illustration department, I learned more than how to sharpen an artistic craft; I learned the necessity of the expression of self through any medium one finds most natural and compelling. I found inks and watercolor to be mine, and in them, I was able to recognize the story in my mind’s eye that needed to be brought into the world. It became so that I “have” to make what I do. I have to see figures and portraits and landscapes and colors represented in my mind by my hands.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I tend to mix portraiture and figures with play-on-words using what I know or can know about our immediate zeitgeist, and finding the soul behind the figure. Rendering eyes excites me, as windows to the soul. The closer I am to finishing an eye, the closer I am to knowing the subject I’m working on. Even though I can say I’ve been drawing and illustrating for years, making strides to develop art as a business is never easy. I was fortunate through one of my best friends to connect with the Upper Deck Company in making original sketch cards for their Marvel properties boxsets as a side-gig. Thankfully, my connection to my local community started to be more real when I started to attended the San Diego Sketchparty at the WhistleStop Bar in South Park. This lead to being in various art shows in San Diego, including the La Bodega Gallery in Barrio Logan on multiple occasions. The connections of artists and industry peoples I met there continue to be a lasting blessing, with an environment of diversely talented individuals coming together to create and connect on a casual and friendly level. It helped me engage in the San Diego art community in a much deeper, familial way. I’ve learned that talent will take you only as far as how you’ve you’ve connected with those around you. I want to make work that connects your present through your past somehow.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Unfortunately as of this writing, many places regular places I would have suggested are closed for the time being due to COVID-19 being a thing, and hopefully will return! That being said, I would suggest a few places: Torrey Pines – The opportunity to enjoy both the land and ocean on the same hike plus San Diego’s pleasant weather is an excellent outdoor choice. Balboa Park – A cultured and enjoyably varied place for museums, dining, recreation sports, special events, and scenery. San Diego Zoo – Conveniently next door to Balboa Park, it has among the most diverse and humane collections of wildlife in the world that can be visited with casual ease. San Diego Comic-Con (during the summer) – Having attended for almost 20 years in a row, I can attest to it being among the most enjoyably unique times for San Diego, as the influence spreads to the rest of downtown for the 5-day industry event. Tiki Bars (Grass Skirt,False Idol, Trader Sam’s of Disneyland. Etc.,) – Biased as a fan of all things tiki, I can’t recommend these establishments enough with their ambience and cocktails. San Diego Symphony Concerts – San Diego commands a world-class symphony that while in season, give a top-notch orchestra experience. San Diego Sketchparty, in the Whistlestop Bar – A casual drink-and-draw with many people in the local San Diego art community, in a down to earth, intimate, non-ironic train themed dive bar. Starlite Lounge – A romantic mid-century aesthetic bar lounge and eatery that provides a starlight nights cape canopy in the patio area to enjoy as well as solid cocktails. Aeroclub: located a few blocks from Starlite. A whiskey dive bar over 80 years old, and continues to have exhaustively knowledgeable bartenders and expansive whiskey collections to savor.
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 would say that the spectacular teachers of CSULBs Fine Art Department get credit for learning and sharpening my craft. Teachers like Robin Richesson, Mark Michelon, Rick Reese, Martha Collins, Aubry Mintz, George Zebot, and so many more. I learned about the value of color, because we live in a world of color, and the satisfaction of a craft completed. I learned the importance of exploring other mediums and disciplines to shape your interests for the better. My spouse for always being there to push me in directions I would not have taken alone, and the shove that needs shoving.
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