CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?
BF: Hand-drawn, computer-finished illustrations of bored girls wearing expensive clothes, sometimes holding cats.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
BF: Fashion. And cats.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?
BF: I usually start with a piece of clothing, and then develop the character from there. I put pencil to paper, then ink, and then add in color digitally.
CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?
BF: I’d like for people to chuckle – on the inside. I hope my illustrations are a little droll.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?
BF: I illustrate almost exclusively at night; it is both a secret hobby and a meditation.
CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?
BF: I’m too much of a perfectionist to act on impulse. Idle sketching terrifies me.
CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?
BF: Don’t force it.
CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?
BF: Well, yes. As Oscar Wilde wrote, ‘I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.’
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
BF: Hand cramp.
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
BF: The focus.
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?
BF: David Shrigley, Laura Berger, Bernard Villemot, Rene Gruau and Kris Atomic, among others.
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
BF: It’s a double-edged sword. On one hand, artists can now share their work more widely. On the other, social media can be a dangerous distraction.
CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?
BF: Absolutely. Our brains are wired in different ways.
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
BF: Yes, and Tokyo.
CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?
BF: Nabokov’s Lolita; the prose is an artwork.
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?
BF: To keep creating, and perhaps open a print shop.
CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?
CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?
BF: Chick Habit by April March.
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?