Saturday, August 23, 2014

The man behind the HAZZARD BUZZARDS Alan Stedman

Before we even get into this interview lets review some of the stuff you've created that people are going to go, "Oh yeah... I've seen this guys stuff around."

Some of my past customers include, both artwork and color separation. Dice Cover issue 36, Dice Biker Dolls Issues 29-32, Born Free, Born Loser, Heavy, Showclass, FMA, Americana Speed Shop, Biltwell, Lowbrow Customs, Cut-Rate, Tiger Shack, Matt Ross, 4 Aces, Wretched Hive, Garage Co. Customs, LadyHump, and the Gasser Lounge.

So I'd like to introduce everyone to Alan Stedman. If you're a local in Southern California, you've probably attended the same events with him and probably even had a chance conversation with him or ridden along side him on any given monthly Lady Hump / Gasser Lounge ride. I've totally asked Alan to keep creating the Hazzard County Buzzard each year because, gosh darn it, he does such a awesome job!  

Where did you get your first job in the wide wide world of art?

I would have to say it was an art contest when I was a Junior in High School, my artwork appeared on the METRO buses in the form of a billboard that ran for a little over 2 years.

... and how did you first get into drawing?

I guess just like most artists, Ive been drawing since I was young. Drawing is what got me to design school, where soon after I quit drawing for a little over 10 years. With much procrastination and hesitation I started drawing again in 2009 when I was asked to do make the biker paper dolls for DicE Magazine.

Is most of your stuff done on (a piece of) paper or do you work entirely on the computer?

Both. I would say 40% paper 60% computer, depends on what I’m working on.

You've been our resident "Hazzard County" artist since day one? What do you think about having to draw the same buzzard year after year?

It doesn’t bother me at all, I actually really enjoy getting to work on the Hazzard art. Every year is slightly different, I’m not sure what I’m going to do if we keep adding heads though!

(Ed note: Yeah, I'm not sure where we're going after three heads either. We're already at the King Ghidorah level in Godzilla world. And thinking ahead, FOUR heads is way ridiculous, but when we get up to 5 and 6 heads, sheeeshhhh!!!)

You do all the Gasser Lounge Event Poster art?

Yes, I ‘ve been working with Mikey B. from Gasser Lounge on artwork for the bar since 2010. He keeps me on my toes with his wild ideas and very detailed descriptions on what he’s looking for, but still gives me enough room to be creative and make the design my own. We actually work well together.

Tell us a little about your experience? You've told me before you were a Color Separator and I'll be less than 5% of the general public understands exactly what that means?

I have been a Graphic Designer for the last 19 years and have been Color Separating for the last 9. I am currently the Art Director and Lead Color Separator at Icon Screening in the city of Orange. The definition of a color separator is very long and drawn out so to put it simply, I use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to pull apart artwork make it possible to print accurately on a tshirt. The separations can range from 2 to 13 colors. For an example take a look at my website under the separations tab.

Aside from working within the "chopper" community where might people have seen your work?

Probably nowhere. Most of the designs I do are for Corporate customers in other states or a random color separations that end up in Target or the mall. Ive done separations for Disney, Marvel, Harajuku Lovers, Toki Doki, Levis, Girl Skateboards, Chocolate, Etc.
The funny thing about color separating is that it is not my artwork, Its my job to make sure it looks great when printed, so adding these to my portfolio is weird.

Say a potential customer wants you to create something for them, what's your specialty area?

I would say my specialty would be in Graphic Design, Logo Deign and Color Separations. I love to draw and making artwork for people is fun for me, so if you’re into it and need something let me know! 

Thanks for everything you do for Hazzard County Alan. We all totally love your work and give a neck-breaking nod to your talent!

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