We had the good fortune of connecting with Bobby Breed and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bobby, what do you want your legacy to be?
When I think of my legacy, I think of more than just my artistic contributions. On a personal level, I want the people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting throughout my life, my dear friends, and my loving family to have fond memories of me! I hope that they remember all the good times and experiences we shared in – the smiles, laughs, jokes and moments of joy! Seeing people happy and content is very important to me and I strive to create that environment no matter where I am or what I’m doing! Ultimately, I want my loved ones to be as grateful for the time we’ve all had together as much as I have! It is also key to remember some of the more serious times when we came together working through hardships as one! Knowing that we could count on each other to be there when we needed them the most is part of the legacy I want to leave behind. I am proud to be “Dad”, “Pops”, “Pee-paw” to 4 amazing children and one awesome grandson! Being there for them when things are tough, giving honest heartfelt advice, breaking up sibling rivalry duels, even just listening and being a shoulder to cry on, is so very important to me and I want them to use that patience, understanding, and empathy as an example of who they can be as adults. From an artistic point of view, as corny as it sounds, I would like my legacy to inspire! I want people to look at the work I’ve created and admire it, to understand the long hours, mental exhaustion, constant tweaking, passion, and love that went into it all, to see something in it that sparks their imagination and makes them say “That’s cool! Now what can I do to share MY vision?!” Whether they’re artistically inclined or not, I hope that my legacy will inspire people to create, innovate, transform, share their thoughts, ideas, and beliefs in any form or medium they choose with the world! I want my work to “speak” to them, stirring an emotion deep down making them need to see more, to find out more about my work, and to understand who I was as an artist!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Being an artist for the past 25 years has been incredible! I’ve been very lucky to work with so many talented individuals and studios/companies while lending my style and skills to some amazing projects! There were definitely rocky times though when life got in the way, moments when my dedication faltered, and outside opportunities took priority, but I kept getting drawn back to the world of art, even if only as a hobby to scratch an artistic itch! In 2013 I took a long, serious look at myself, a “reality check”, to figure out what I wanted out of life for me and my family. I knew in my gut that it was time to reinvent myself and get back to what I loved, back to what what I was made to do – being a full-time artist ! I used the tips, tools, and knowledge I gained from conversations with my artist friends to create a solid plan. Armed with a positive attitude and determination I hit the comic convention circuit and quickly found a “2nd home” with fellow pop-culture fans and artists! I tour year round exhibiting at Comic Cons all over the world (up to 31 shows a year – preCovid) and there’s nothing like the absolutely amazing time we all have sharing in the Con experience! I’m self-taught when it comes to traditional pencils, inks, and paints. This innate talent has served me well in the comicbook/graphic novel, concept design, storyboard world for many years. I eventually realized though that I should add more digital skills to my repertoire so I went to school while simultaneously working full-time on indie storyboard/animation projects and exhibiting on the Con circuit and ended up received my Bachelor’s Degree for Computer Animation in 2018.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Where do I start?! Even with Covid, there are still so many awesome “socially distanced” places you can experience in Southern California! Some great breakfast/brunch spots would be CiCi’s in Tarzana or Colette in Pasadena. Lunch at Marmalade Cafe in Calabasas, 208 Restaurant in Rodeo, or The Fat Dog in NoHo. And for dinner you’ve got Geoffrey’s in Malibu or The Front Yard in Studio City. Day trips to the Santa Monica Pier & 3rd Street Promenade, Coronado, Malibu beach, Solvang, Griffith Park/Observatory, Balboa Island, or Santa Barbara. And why not take a couple days to enjoy nature?! Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead are only a couple hours drive from pretty much anywhere in SoCal! Boating/fishing on the lake, jet-skiing, nature trails, and S’mores at the firepit! A trip to SoCal isn’t complete until you walk around Hollywood & Highland or take a stroll through Beverly Hills and Two Rodeo Drive!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am so very thankful for the constant love and support I’ve received from my friends and family! I believe it is essential to have that strong emotional backing to prop you up and push you on no matter what you’re attempting to accomplish in life! I am humbled by the awesome fans I have had the pleasure to meet over the years, whether in person or through social media, I appreciate every single one of them for the joy and satisfaction they bring to my creative endeavors! I also draw a huge amount of inspiration from my fellow artists, many of whom are close friends of mine, whose ideas, execution, creativity, and style have helped to shape me into an ever evolving artist! I owe so much of my artistic talent, imagination, happiness, persistent drive, determination, success, and passion for creativity to my incredibly loving mom, my supportive Uncle Jimmy, my always fun and energetic children/grandchild, and the amazing love of my life Jenny! Their guidance, support, and belief in who I wanted to be and what I was capable of accomplishing has meant the world to me!
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