I am really excited for today's interview. While there is not a single creative or artistic bone in my body (seriously ask my art teachers or my college Theatrical Design professors) I love watching artists, artisans, and creators show their processes, its really intriguing to me. Which is why I was super excited when today's guest said yes!
What's a PixarNerd?
CBP-Let’s talk about that name, is there a significance behind PixarNerd?
PNS-I like Pixar films. I watch them the week they come out (if I can) and study every detail. Hence the name Pixar Nerd.
CBP-Describe your channel for the un-initiated.
PNS-I do speed draws on youtube. I am now commentating my videos for more viewer engagement. [author's note] Isaac is quite smart in his growth strategy, one day he tweeted asking what he could do to improve view length, and a bunch of us commented, and each video has added something new, and they're great! I now understand a little bit of his technique when watching he or other artists at work!
You can follow all things PixarNerd:
Youtube: The Channel
Who is the PixarNerd?
CBP-Who are you and what do you do when you're not illustrating for your channel?
PNS-My name is Isaac. I love to watch movies, draw, and read. I am working on finishing school, but work on art in my free time. I enjoy to help others. I am an Eagle Scout. Pre-quarantine I ran a dog care business with my twin brother.
CBP-What brought you to art? When did you know you had a knack for drawing?
PNS-My mom brought me to art. She is a really good artist, and we used to draw a lot together when I was younger. I knew that I had a knack for drawing when I was in 3rd grade and drew some famous cartoon characters.
CBP-What do you use when you create your videos?
PNS-I use Autodesk Sketchbook on a Windows 10 laptop.
CBP-What brought you to comics?
PNS-I like to read. I like to draw and look at art. Comics are the middle ground.
CBP-What else are you passionate about?
PNS-I love animation. I am still working to become an animator. I also like to read novels.
Talkin Art and Comics With Isaac!
CBP-What is the first thing you have a clear memory of drawing?
PNS-I used to draw Garfield a lot!!! Like A lot. I loved to draw Garfield… every where.
CBP-What inspires you to draw the characters you choose for your channel?
PNS-I choose to draw things I like, and when I run out of ideas, I ask my twitter followers for stuff they would like to see.
CBP-Do you have any of your own original artwork (aside from the things we see you create on your channel?)
PNS-Yes I do. However, now most of the stuff I draw goes on the channel.
CBP-What is the first comic you remember purchasing/reading?
PNS-The first comic I remember reading was Spider-Man Unlimited #3, which recounts Doc Ock’s origin. My mother gave it to me when I was really young.
CBP-Do you still own that book?
PNS-I do indeed still own that book. However, the back cover is missing, and tape is everywhere trying to hang it together.
CBP-What are your “grail books/titles?”
PNS-My grail book is ASM #300, the first appearance of Venom. I own reprints, but I really want to own the first edition. (Maybe Spawn #1 also)
Growing Your Influence
CBP-What pushed you to want to create your own youtube channel?
PNS-I just wanted other people to see my art.
CBP-What was your strategy of edging your way into the marketplace of ideas?
PNS-I talked to others on twitter, where I engaged with the comics community.
CBP-How long did it take you to build a following? How did you start engaging folks?
PNS-What following? LoL. I started engaging folks when I won a contest by my now friends, Chris and Oscar over at Lost N’ Comics. I offered to do their profile pic in thanks, and now they help me with feedback and stuff.
CBP-Knowing everything you know now about your channel, what would you have done differently at the beginning of your grind?
PNS-I would have done shorter videos. My original videos were short hour long drawings that I shortened into 14 minute videos. My newer videos are 6 hour long drawings that I shortened into 4-6 minute videos.
CBP-What are your plans for the future?
PNS-I want to start doing animations on my channel. [author's note] YES PLEASE!!!!!!!!!
CBP-Who are some of your favorite folks to read or follow?
PNS-Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman. Their stuff is amazing.
CBP-What’s your coolest interaction with someone online?
PNS-When Ryan Stegman retweeted my drawing of carnage..
CBP-What piece of advice would you give to someone trying to create their own fan/collector content online?
PNS-Your original stuff is going to suck. In my case, all my content sucks. [author's note] While I am self loathing too, I highly disagree with Isaac's assessment with his work, I think it's quite amazing!
Now it's time for something special!
I think what Isaac/Pixar nerd does is so exceptional, when I saw he was open for commissions, I knew it was time for me to get rid of some of the terrible things I created for my own online presence and I was more than willing to throw one of my favorites a couple of bones, and I can now share some new exclusive Comic Book Poser art!
The conversation was awesome about what to create, but the final product blew me away, and even my wife who's not into comics at all got all of the references (even Namor because she's heard me talk about him so much!). It is amazing, and any time I can think of anything else I may need, he's the first one I'll reach out to!
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