We had the good fortune of connecting with DeMarco Crews and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi DeMarco, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I feel like the choice to pursue an artistic career wasn’t necessarily a choice at all, growing up I was always fascinated by animation but more so by my older brother who was also an artist; watching him draw peaked my interest when I was young and the interest continued to grow until I had to make the choice of what to major in for college. I would honestly say that I’ve devoted too much of my life to art/animation that I hadn’t built up too much of an interest in too many other things, so continuing with art/animation just seemed like a no brainer. In addition, I wanted to prove to my parents that it was possible to have a successful career.
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.
My art is heavily inspired by Anime, most notably Akira Toriyama’s (Dragon Ball) work has influenced me the most. My personal work is currently really just Action adventure pieces and I hope to be able to work on a show that gets my heart pumping as I draw each panel. I personally wouldn’t say that my work sets me apart from my colleagues, although I am one of few that is actively working on action pieces, I don’t feel like my work is any different from my friends work. Where I am today professionally is due to being able to network and learn from a lot of people and applying my findings to my work; was it easy? Not at all, but just because something wasn’t a straight path doesn’t stop me from carving my own to get where I want to be. I think that one lesson I’ve learned along the way, although may not be the best one to really think about is that you may not know what the right way to do certain things are until you see them done incorrectly; just learn from your surroundings I guess. For myself, I just would want people to know that I’m having fun with the things I make, regardless of getting career success from it or not, as much as I’d like to have a nice comfy job, I’m doing all of my work for my own satisfaction first.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m very much a homebody, but I’m also someone who likes playing games and watching anime, so chances are It’d just be multiple trips to Round 1 or binging anime haha. But for a week long trip, if I had to take someone to my favorite places, we’d go check out Round 1 or any large Arcade, Kinokuniya ( Little Tokyo or Japan town in general), The Getty Museum, The Ghibli Museum (if it stayed open forever), Disneyland (generic but always fun) but more importantly anywhere they’d like to visit. For food, I think we’d just hit every Korean Fried Chicken spot as well as Korean BBQ spots and then prob just “classics” like In n out and Raising Canes.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to give a shoutout to all of my friends and family that I’ve made throughout my years of college, but especially those that I’ve made during my time at CSU Fullerton. All of the close friends that I’ve made have challenged me and kicked my ass as well as inspired me and ignited flames in me have shaped me into the artist and person that I am today. Huge shoutout to the 48F crew, “The Boys,” and all those I’ve surrounded myself with in the past.