We had the good fortune of connecting with Timothy Melgoza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Timothy, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I decided to pursue a career in art because it is something that has always been a part of my life from an early age. I started drawing around the age of 5 or 6, and was always pushed by family and even my classmates to pursue a career in the art world. I can’t really see myself doing anything else, and even if my career in art never takes off, I will always continue to create artwork for myself and others.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an illustrator from Santa Monica, CA, whose subject matter is centered around horror/dark imagery with some dark humor elements occasionally thrown in. I graduated at CSU Channel Islands in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in studio art. I’ve had a strong interest in the horror genre since an early age and grew up watching horror films and shows, which were the main inspiration for my work as a kid to the present. I utilize crosshatching as my main technique to create my illustrations. Even though crosshatching in pen is very tedious and time consuming, I find it more rewarding than any other mediums and techniques I have tried in the past.
Professionally, I am still in the process of launching my career and am trying to get my work shown in any venue I can possible. I have not currently exhibited my work in many locations, but am grateful for the few opportunities in the past I’ve had to show my work. It has been very challenging to find galleries and art festivals to show my work, especially with the Covid-19 outbreak last year, but I am optimistic that more opportunities will present themselves now that the art community and the country is beginning to recover from the outbreak. The main lesson I’ve learned with the process of launching an art career is to be persistent and not to become discouraged, if you consistent with your craft and your pursuit, opportunities will present themselves.
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 would say my favorite spot in the city would be Venice beach. I’ve had a lot of fun out there selling art and meeting other artists in the past, and it’s a good place to sell art if you get there early enough and find a nice spot.
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 like to shoutout my friend Benton Preciado for introducing me to Shoutout LA.