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4 May - Meet Bard Artist: Marty Abbe Schneider

New York

Marty Abbe-Schneider is an artist and cartoonist who relies heavily on imagination and humor to create whimsical images. Abbe-Schenider has his own webcomic, titled “Highly Suspect.”

 

Name: Marty Abbe-Schneider

Age: 26

Hometown: Pacific Palisades, CA

Where you at now: Los Angeles, CA

Graduation Year: 2014

 

Inspiration quotes:

I just draw all the time. I have my experiences, and my opinions/observations about those experiences, and those inform whatever I’m drawing. And then sometimes, I’ll want to expand on something I’ve drawn, so I’ll draw more, or I’ll take that concept and this time make a painting, or a sculpture. And then I’ll see more stuff, and have more experiences, and draw based on those, and the process will repeat itself.

 

“The cathartic elements of art making inspire me to spend as much time in the studio as possible. Through my work I feel as though I can connect more with my humanity and the universe at large. I hope that my art allows people to become lost in a world of their own individual interpretations while also playing off a collective understanding within the nature of each piece.”

 

If you could live in any city in the world, what would it be?

Florence or Barcelona if I could magically just speak the language. If not, maybe Melbourne.

 

Friends or Seinfeld?

Everybody Loves Raymond.

 

What’s your guilty pleasure late-night meal?

A potato knish, or a hot pastrami. Sometimes both.

 

Which objects, people, and places do you most find inspiration in?

My family took a trip to Italy a few years ago, and seeing the David in person was very moving. I had a similarly moving experience recently on a backpacking trip with a friend on the Olympic Coast in Washington. As far as people, this may sound corny, but I honestly draw a great deal of inspiration from my friends and family. Other than that, definitely pop culture–whatever I’m currently consuming.

 

What experience (or experiences) have most defined you as an artist, and shaped your style?

Having no attention span when it comes to learning Spanish–I really started to draw like crazy in high school Spanish. This carried over until I finally figured out I art didn’t have to be just a hobby. I’ve taken it beyond doodling since then, but I think my style has always retained a sort of doodle-ish ‘homemade art’ quality.

 

Who is your favorite living artist right now?

The answer to this changes all the time. Right now I really love Andy Dixon.

 

If you could only draw/paint in a single shade, what would it be?

Not sure I understand the question. Do you mean only one color ‘family,’ or more like ‘lighter colors vs darker colors’? If black/black and white/that b&w spectrum is an option, I choose that.

 

Watercolors or paints? Pens or pencils?

If I have to pick, paints. Pens, no contest.

 

Favorite museum in the U.S.?

The Neue Galerie.

 

Favorite packaged snack? 

Cheetos, or beef jerky

 

Best restaurant you’ve visited in the past year?

The French Laundry.

 

Favorite store/boutique in New York?

I don’t know if I’ve ever been to a store or boutique while in NY. Hope I’m not missing out.

 

Favorite landmark in New York?

Probably the High Line.

 

What’d you eat for breakfast this morning?

Skipped breakfast, just coffee. Sometimes I’ll have an avocado with salt and pepper for breakfast, but I’ll often skip it during the week. I do huge brunches on the weekend though.

 

If you could only eat either sweet or savory the rest of your life, which would you choose and why?

Savory, hands down. I do love a good dessert, but all of my absolute favorite foods are dinner type foods. And I love building a good sandwich.

 

Favorite activity other than art?

Winter/alpine sports.

 

What was your first job?

Summer camp counselor.

 

Are you a morning or night person?

Not particularly partial/impartial to either.

 

Best ice cream flavor?

Chocolate peanut butter.

 

Most inspiring moment as an artist?

Probably the realization in college that art could be my pursuit. I had never really “gone for it” with art–it just hadn’t occurred to me. That realization, and the subsequent decision to change my major from film, were very freeing.

 

What is your preferred medium? Why?

Pen on paper. It’s always around, I don’t need a massive space in order to make art, but can make the most of a massive space if one is available. And it’s the first thing I really started seriously drawing with, doodling in class, and right away I enjoyed trying to find the limit of what could be done with just regular school supplies-style pens.

 

What is your creative process like?

I just draw all the time. I have my experiences, and my opinions/observations about those experiences, and those inform whatever I’m drawing. And then sometimes, I’ll want to expand on something I’ve drawn, so I’ll draw more, or I’ll take that concept and this time make a painting, or a sculpture. And then I’ll see more stuff, and have more experiences, and draw based on those, and the process will repeat itself.

 

Do you have an art world pet peeve?

People taking themselves too seriously, or talking about their art like it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, especially if very little work has been put into the execution of their ideas.

 

What other projects are you working on besides the Freehand?

I regularly collaborate with LA-based musicians and comedians. I am currently making the art for, and helping produce, a podcast called Hero Club, out this December, and I’m continuing to develop the Bobbits even further. Expect to see more of them.