Today we’d like to introduce you to Phillip Mayberry.
Hi Phillip, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’ve been drawing all of my life. Around the age of four, I believe I began my art journey and didn’t even realize it at the time. Lol Like most every kid, I started out doodling with crayons. I’m pretty sure I scribbled on everything I was and wasn’t supposed to scribble on. Through the years, I got better and better. I would get inspired by movies, cartoons, and anime that I’d watch. I used to draw DragonBall Z characters none stop. I’m really inspired by bright 80s neon colors, futuristic sci-fi, and video games. As an adult, I’ve been able to showcase my artwork and share it with the world. I even featured my art in a commercial for the movie Us in 2019. I have also showcased my artwork at art crawls and conventions like Dragoncon in Atlanta. I and my fiance Stephanie have also collaborated on a children’s book Healthy Yummy Happy Tummy. It is a plant-based children’s book Illustrated by me that features a great story written by my fiance Stephanie with her 8+ kid-friendly vegan recipes in the back. All these years later, I’m still creating works of art.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Like most every artist, I started out drawing with traditional means. As I progressed in skill, I started using more mediums like paint and brush markers. Growing up in a small town, many of the supplies I wanted to use weren’t available locally. Some of the supplies were expensive as well. So one day, I came across a Wacom Bamboo digital drawing tablet while looking for alternatives. At the time, it was only $100 (humble beginnings), and I was like, if I just put the money towards that, I wouldn’t have to keep purchasing supplies. I ordered it, and I thought everything was going to be smooth sailing after that. Once it got to me, I opened it up and installed the software needed to run on my computer. I was so excited. I started to put lines down on the blank document in photoshop, and everything felt so foreign, odd, and disconnected. It was like learning to walk all over again. I got discouraged after a week of trying and left it alone. About six months later, I dedicated myself to learning how to use the tablet properly. I was stubborn, so I wanted to do it independently.
I watched a few tutorials, and it got me on track. Then I started using my traditional techniques and implementing them into the digital space. It eventually became easy to use, and then you began doing commissions. I eventually made enough commissions to purchase a more advanced tablet, a Wacom Intuos Pro. Now I’ve upgraded to a Wacom Cintiq, which I currently use. My road wasn’t always the smoothest, I didn’t always see my purpose, and I didn’t realize how powerful my gift was. I can say that art saved my life and brought me back from a very dark place. I am now utilizing my gift, and I’m happy that I’ve seen the impact my artwork has on people.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a digital artist. My specialty is people, but I can draw anything. I am most proud of the way I use form and color. My style sets me apart from others because my artwork stands out and is eye-catching. The colors I use are bright and pop and draw the viewer in.
What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I like the appreciation for art in this city. The art scene is great. I’ve met many great people and made cool art friends. It’s becoming more and more diverse by the day. There’s not much I don’t like.
- Commission prices start at $200
- Headshots $200
- Half-body $300
- Full-body $400
- Additions negotiable
- Website: pmayxart.net
- Instagram: @pmayxart
- Twitter: @pmayxart