By keeping things simple and appreciating the little things in life, artist Brooks Sterling has achieved the perfect balance. His artwork incorporates typography with pop art inspired graphics- which are nothing short of amazing. In addition to being an awesome artist, Brooks is the guy behind the scenes of the San Diego art platform/website/blog called We Love Creativity. Read on to find out more about Brooks’ life, what We Love Creativity is all about, and the San Diego art scene in this Weekly Feature:
Name: Brooks Sterling
Place of Residence: Oceanside, CA
Current Jam: Drowning Men and Dirty Gold
Favorite Food: Sushi from Harney
Mode of Self Expression: Creativity
Ark: Could you please tell us a little bit about yourself Brooks?
Brooks: I enjoy uniqueness, challenges, simple design, bright colors, and organization. I run We Love Creativity (among other things) and have more energy than I know what to do with.
A: What and/or where are some of the things that you draw inspiration from?
B: Words and letters.
A: Who is your favorite artist of all time? (*The person can be alive or deceased)
B: I don’t really have a favorite artist, but I have always enjoyed the work of Shepard Fairey and have recently become a big fan of Bates and Faile.
A: Now that we know a couple of the artists you admire most.. Who are a few other artists, personalities, or all around rad people you look up to?
B: I’ve always looked up to people that are willing to hustle and put in the extra effort. Seth Godin, Kelli Murray, James Tull, and Blaine Robison… to name a few.
A: How old were you when you first discovered your passion for art?
B: I think I have been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil. It was always a way for me to pass the time. Over the past few years I have started to take my art more serious.
A: Since you are the man responsible for making the awesome website/platform We Love Creativity happen. Could you tell us a little bit of what it’s about, and how it all started?
B: We Love Creativity was originally started as a creative blog and outlet to support local artists (mostly close friends). We would blog about random goodness and also put on art exhibits in downtown San Diego (with DJhere Productions). We took the site down for a year or so, but continued to put on art exhibits. Now the site is back and better than ever. We continue to feature both local and national talent, while putting on art exhibits and collaborating with different artists on limited edition screen printed posters.
A: What is your favorite medium to use when you are creating artwork?
B: I can’t live without my computer and of course Adobe Illustrator. This is mainly because I love letters, clean lines, and simplicity.
A: What is the most rewarding part, and adversely, the most frustrating part about creating artwork to you?
B: The most rewarding part is when someone purchases your work and you know that it will be hanging on the wall of someone who appreciates it. On the flip side… it’s always frustrating when the ideas in my head don’t seem to translate into my artwork.
A: Is there any specific person who taught you how to paint, draw, etc. Or was it something that just kind of came naturally to you, and happened over time?
B: My mom made sure I always had paper and pencils while I was growing up. Over the past few years I’ve learned different techniques from local artist’s and online design blogs.
A: Tell us about your most memorable, funny, awkward… (fill in the blank) moment you’ve had over the years while creating artwork, or with We Love Creativity.
B: Last year was a great year for memories. We Love Creativity had two very unique and successful events, Panels and Eighth Ply. We also launched our new website and I personally met a lot of wonderful people that are dedicated to growing the art scene in San Diego.
A: What do you like most about the San Diego art community?
B: It’s growing and evolving.
A: Alright, now it’s time for the lightning round! If you could please answer the questions as quickly as possible, we’d appreciate it.
*Brooks’ answers are in RED
- Acrylic or Watercolor? – Acrylic
- Pens or Pencils? – Pens
- Street Art or Fine Art? – Street Art
- Film or Digital? – Digital
- Andy Warhol or Jackson Pollock? – Warhol
- Upside Down Toilet or Gem Encrusted Skull? – Neither
- Typography or Graphics? – Always Type
A: What are a few of your other hobbies besides creating artwork and running WLC?
B: Surfing, designing, creating, running, and enjoying life with my girlfriend.
A: What else can we expect from you and the other members of we Love Creativity in the future?
B: More interviews, limited edition prints, art exhibits, and collaborations.
A: Thanks Brooks. Any last words?
B: I would like to thank Ark Collective for the opportunity to be featured on your site. Make sure to stop by welovecreativity.com and follow us on twitter (@WLCreativity) You can also follow me on twitter too! (@brookssterling).
***Scope out a few pieces of Brooks’ work!