On Writing Pieces of Me I try to share a little bit about my writing goals and progress, some poetry, general ramblings and stories about growing up where “my brother the artist,’ as I often refer to him, costars.
Today I’d like to introduce you to him! Patrick has been drawing for as far back as I can remember. He also paints, sketches, does graphic design work and writes. He’s got some exciting things brewing and I wanted to share, so please welcome my brother, Patrick Lugo.
Me: Pat, thanks for joining me on WPoM! Can you tell everyone about your big events this weekend?
P: I don’t know that I would call this weekend’s activities “Big Events,” but I’m personally excited to have back-to-back Artists’ receptions this Friday night and Saturday afternoon. One reception is for the second and third of three art gallery shows this spring, SCIENCE/FICTION at the Sun Gallery in Hayward, California and the other is DECKED OUT at the Olive Hyde Gallery in Fremont. Both are what I’d call suburban cities east of the San Francisco Bay.
Me: Good luck with the shows! I’m sure they’ll be great. Can you tell us about your previous gallery shows?
P.: The first group art gallery show I participated in was only last year. It was the 24th Annual Children’s Book Illustrators Exhibit at the previously mentioned Sun Gallery. I had eight pieces of art featured at the show, they were from my premiere children’s book Little Monk & the Mantis.
This year, the Sun Gallery added ‘zines and comics to the theme of their 25th Annual Children’s Book Illustrators Exhibit, a fortunate occurrence as I had moved from working on children’s book art to focus on my long-in-the-works graphic novel Tiger’s Tale. I had six pieces on display in that show, two of which sold.
Me: I’ve been looking forward to seeing the Tiger’s Tale series as a graphic novel. Can’t wait! What other works have you done before?
P: I guess I’ve been a working artist since before I completed art school some 25 years ago. I actually started a blog post musing on the 25 year journey from art school to art gallery, it remains unfinished and may end up as a retrospective on this recent run of shows. In terms of projects, or works of art, I’ve illustrated comics and manuals, CD and record albums, posters and T-shirts have also had my art on them. I also recently donated some art to a non-profit volunteer medical organization which has now used that artwork as a graphic on their medical supply truck.
Me: Can you tell us how you got into art in the first place and what or who were your influences?
P: I really can’t think of a time when I wasn’t “into” art, I don’t think there was a “got” point. I’ve always been visually oriented and have really, really old memories of what I’ll describe as me projecting my imagination, or imaginary images upon the world around me. Unfortunately this would also tend to happen in the quiet dark of the night, leading me to see scary silhouettes in the trees outside the window or the cloths in the partially open closet. Describing these images as rudimentary drawings probably happened before I had the vocabulary to do so with words.
It wasn’t long after, that I was also attempting to render the more mundane elements around me on paper, most often combining the two. As you know, Sunday Mass was a significant family tradition. Our mother always made a point to supply me with a small pad of paper as well as some pens and pencils. With these, I could quietly sit at the church pews using the seat as a table, sitting on that fold out cushion the congregation normally used to kneel upon.
Me: I don’t remember Mom giving me anything to do to keep me busy during church. 🙂 Are there any upcoming projects we should be on the look out for?
P: Comics mostly, I’m looking to complete Tiger’s Tale this year plus I may also return to contributing art to a comic book I worked on way back in the 90’s. Its title is America Man, I did ink work over another artist’s pencil art for the first issue way back then. I’ve recently reconnected with the author who intends to continue the comic as a self published series. He’ll write it and do some initial art that I will then ink and embellish for him to then color and treat with CGI effects.
A.:What’s your best memory from growing up? Remember when we used to get everyone to think we had ESP with that little mind trick of ours?
P: How would I forget that bit of ESP? As for the BEST memory, I’m stumped. There are a few good ones that come to mind, I think the older ones, by their nature, have a more precious quality. That nostalgic glow adds an extra sweetness, to remembering the prefect reproduction of the Adam Wet era batman mask our father sewed for me as part of a Halloween costume. That batman suit was probably one of my first Halloween costumes. Now that I think of them, quite a few revolved around comics, learning to read from comics borrowed from older brothers, the chance to pick out my own comics after church on Sundays, even the missions to run across the mall parking lot to hit the comic shop called THE BATCAVE while the folks shopped at the JC Penny’s.
A. We did have some awesome costumes growing up. Helps when our dad is a taylor! So do you mind co-staring in my ‘growing up’ stories? Feel free to share some ideas of other stories I should write.
P. Just off the top of my head I would suggest something about the summer parties in our big back yard in Brentwood. Fireworks for our brother’s 4th of July Parties, or the use of the massive brick BBQ’s. Thinking of Pig-roasts also makes me think of church picnics. Have you noticed I’ve mention religion a few times in relation to early childhood experiences? There might be some interesting insights to be found in the racial divide of American Blvd. growing up. How well do you remember our foster sisters? Or how about that first trip to California?
A. Those are some great topics – you’ve given me a lot of ideas and material to work with. (No pressure). If there are one or two things you’d want people to know about you, what would they be?
P: I like Art, I like comics and I like dogs. I should get around to a comic about dogs.
Me: Who’s your favorite superhero character and why?
P: Favorite is a tough slot to maintain, Batman for many pretty obvious reasons but also Cyclops of the X-Men. As super powers go, it’s merely a variation on laser-beam-eyes but with-in the comic series of the X-Men he’s tended to have a nice bled of pathos, angst and vision, in the hands of the right writer.
Me: This was fun. So glad you got to join me on my blog (considering you were the one who encouraged me to start it in the first place. Thanks for that by the way). Before you go, tell everyone how they can connect with you to find out more about you and your artwork?
P: Website: PLUGOarts.com, Twitter: @PLUGO, YouTube: Patrick Lugo, Facebook: www.facebook.com/patricky.lugo, Tumblr: Plugoarts
Me: Thanks Pat and GOOD LUCK with your shows this weekend!!!
Naomi Baltuck said:
I’m not surprised that you have an artist brother–creativity often runs in a family. Thank you for sharing a fun and informative interview! I wish you and the bro great success in all your creative endeavors!
Hi Naomi, Thanks so much! This interview was a lot of fun for me so I’m glad you enjoyed it. Pat definitely got the strongest artist gene and has been at it at lot longer so I’m happy to see his hard work paying off. Thanks for stopping by!
Reblogged this on PLUGO arts and commented:
A friendly interview with my sister, who was always the better writer. I’m sure she would not has misspelled Adam West’s name.
Oops! I didn’t catch that one 😉
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This interview fascinated me. Thank you for sharing. You and your brother are both very talented. My daughter wants to be a professional artist when she grows up. (She is just about to turn 12.) I am going to show her this post.
Thanks so much! I have to admit I’ve sat and watched my brother draw in his sketchbook since I can remember and I’ve always been fascinated with how he can turn a blank page into a literal work of art. Thanks so much for wanting to share this with your daughter. She may enjoy the time lapse videos on Pat’s website that show him bringing the illustrations from his children’s book to life. I wish her luck with her art!
Thanks for stopping by and commenting 🙂
Carrie Rubin said:
How wonderful that your brother gets to pursue his life passion. I wish him well with the shows. And I wish you both well with your ESP. 😉
Well the ESP thing was pretty fun and we fooled a lot of our friends but now that we live on opposite coasts it’s a little hard to pull that trick off 🙂
Nice interview. Your brother is super talented. I loved his website and blog. He seems to know and love his stuff. Good luck with the shows, Pat.
Thanks Char. I’ve always been amazed at how he does it. It’s why I love the time lapsed videos on his site that show him starting with a blank page and creating such awesome art work!
Thanks for stopping by!
Alarna Rose Gray said:
Creative flair runs in the family, then? 🙂 Your brother’s work looks really beautiful, what a thing to have an artist in the family. But also, to be able to relate to each other’s creativity.
Hi Alarna, When we were younger we used to create stories together, talk them through, act out plays in our back yard and such. As we got older, he continued with his craft and never veered from being an artist. I definitely strayed — dabbled with writing, but didn’t take it seriously until recently. Pat always encouraged me and was the one who kept saying I should start a blog. I was happy to have him visit for the interview. It was fun. Thanks for visiting 🙂
Looks like you belong to a very creative family, Arlene! Thanks for the opportunity to meet your brother and hear about his work. All the best wishes to him for his creative projects!
(And boy, am I jealous that your mother gave him things to keep him occupied in church. Mine never did anything like that! 😀 )
Hi JM, I’m kinda jealous too. I don’t remember my mom ever giving me anything to play with while in church 🙂 Doesn’t mean it didn’t happen though – to be fair my brother has a way better memory than I do! It amazes me the details he retains.
Thanks for the well wishes – I’ll be sure to pass them on to him. Hope you are doing well and getting lots of writing done 🙂
Inion N. Mathair said:
Hi Arlene, how proud you must be, as his work is phenomenal. Have to tell you can’t wait to show Inion this, as she is at heart, a big comic book nerd. She was given her first comic book at the age of four, from my brother Robert. (Her Uncle Robert) and now has over three hundred comics more than thirty of them, rare collectables! So to say she holds a deep fascination for comics is the understatement of the year. Like your brother, she loves X-Men, Storm, the Phoenix and Batman is a fav too. But her all time favorite comic book characters comes from the villain side of the pool. She idolizes the Joker and is obsessed with Harley Quinn! Clearly the artistic gene runs deep in your family and your brothers work reveals a truly gifted artist with a deft hand and brilliant freaking mind! Looking forward to seeing more of him in the future and will be sharing this now! 😉 ❤
My brother had so many comic books and while he was a devoted and avid fan, I’d pick some up now and again to read through them. I definitely found my favorites. What young female wouldn’t be a huge fan of Storms? I know I was! Funny that Inion was a fan of the baddies 🙂 Now I can see how that plays out in your stories.
Thanks, as always, for the support! I can always count on you two and I truly appreciate it 🙂 Have a great weekend!
Kourtney Heintz said:
Congrats to your brother on his shows! That’s amazing. He’s a great artist. I see why you’d be proud of him! 🙂
Denise Hisey said:
Hey Arlene! So much artistic talent in one family! 🙂