The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Peter Robinson: Ten Hundred (Peter Robinson), 31, Artist, Self Employed.
TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
PR: I like podcasts and comics and TV and films and video games and audiobooks. Pretty much all nerdy stuff. All of that stuff seeps into my art.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
PR: Almost everything I do is personal work and professional work simultaneously. I create work that I enjoy and luckily enough my customers enjoy it too. I count my lucky stars everyday that I get to create what I want and also support myself financially from the work I create.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
PR: I usually start my work around 10am and finish around 7pm everyday. I don't do a bunch of work at night. That is my time to spend with my girlfriend and relax.
Most of the art I am making lately is for some specific client or project or goal, so deadlines and goals keep me productive most times.
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
PR: I am building my brand and have a retail shop in Seattle (55 Bell St Seattle WA 98121). I would like to continue creating awesome art and products and open another location at some point.
I would also like to create mural art on every continent. So far I just have North and South America.
TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
PR: I am working on murals, fine art, apparel, toys and figurines ect. Each project is a little different, but I usually start with a concept drawing.
At that point that can become the idea for a painting or a mural, or I can scan that drawing and continue to manipulate it in the computer and turn it into an illustration or design for a t shirt, skateboard, hat or whatever. There is no set process, or specific place I draw inspiration from. It doesn't work that way for me. I have an addictive personality and I just create all the time. Sometimes I am inspired by a conversation, or an image, or an experience, or a person. Its different every single time, but the feeling of joy that comes with the process of creation stays the same.
I think creating visual art puts your brain into a different kind of mode that cant really be described very well with words. That's why I think it's important for everyone to do art no matter what their skill level is. Its therapeutic and helps you look at your world differently.
TCU: What scares you?
PR: People who force their views on others.
TCU: What does success mean to you?
PR: Success to me is being able to live a comfortable life doing what I love.
TCU: Anything else you want to add?
PR: I just want to encourage people to figure out what makes them happy and do it. You don't have to quit your job and go be a starving artist. But make time to do what you love. Maybe it will always just be your thing that makes you happy, or maybe lots of people will love it and it will become your new job. It's pretty much a win/win no matter what the outcome.
If you want to learn more about Ten Hundred and see more of his wonderful work, head over to www.tenhundredart.com.