Monday, June 11, 2007


My name is Ric Stultz, I'm a 28 year old painter/ illustrator/ graphic designer from Milwaukee WI. I have a dog and a girlfriend, and we live in a little house in the hood. I've worked for all kinds of clients including MTV, Armada Skis, and Heavy Rotation.

Does all of your work have story's behind them? If so what is your favorite and most interesting ones? Yep, it all has a story in one way or another. The Drawing on Violence series I did after I got mugged, it really screwed me up for a few weeks. That series is how I got over it.

What is your most favorite thing in the world to do? Taking walks in the woods with my dog and lady friend.

How did you get started in the art world? I went to college and got my BFA in Graphic Design, then I made a website and did everything I could to get it seen. Slowly people started to ask me to be a part of things, and it grew from there.

What art piece first got you recognized? how excited were you? Its hard to say. The 12 page spread I did for Arkitip Magazine was the first time I really got published, and yeah, I was super excited.

How did you get to be such a well known artist? Did you promote alot or did it just sort of happen? Lots and lots and lots of promotion, plus I love what I do.

What do you think of Monday Artday? I think its a cool idea.

Any advice for us on how to become famous like you? Thanks, I don't really feel famous. I just worked hard and got my art seen. It's all about the hustle and talking to people.

What do you think about the most when you are sketching and painting? I think about everything, it works best when I let my mind drift and drawing becomes automatic.

How many illustrations do you make within a week? It depends on how good the week was. I sketch everyday, and i'm in the studio most of my nights.

What is the average cost of your artwork when selling? How often do you sell one?Most of my gouache paintings are relatively inexpensive, around $300. I sell them pretty often. Acrylics paintings are more expensive, although my work rarely goes above $1000. Licensing the image to companies is where the real money is.

Who is your favorite artist? I don't have one specifically, I'm always looking at different people. Right now I'm into Inka Essenhigh's work.

What is the hardest thing for you to draw? What is the easiest? Its hard for me to draw anything I haven't drawn before. Once I draw something well once, I can draw it over and over.

What do you do when you have a creative block? I scribble randomly until it becomes something.
Thanks Ric!
Please stop by his site and tell him thanks for the interview!


Pati @-;-- said...

Awesome, Bearuh!

You know? Sometimes I go all arrogant and think that you make these cool interviews because of me and my intention of become illustrator hehehe... (just kidding)

I do appreciate what you do and what terrific people like Jannie, Val and Ric have done for people like me, encouraging us to work hard in this profession that sometimes looks like a game.

Thank you for that :)

ValGalArt said...

Great work and really interesting and insightful interview!

mike r baker said...

Great art! I was intrigued with this:

"Thanks, I don't really feel famous. I just worked hard and got my art seen. It's all about the hustle and talking to people."

I'm sure that's quite true but more than "hustle" is the "hard work" - and a crap-load of talent.

ANTONIO said...

lo maximo este trabajo..muy bueno...