It’s all about the details for Cam Collins. This 19 year old artist from Chicago creates intricate colored sketches of hectic scenes, as you can see below. Look closely and you may be able to find an underlying story, but it certainly won’t be clear. Nonetheless, these pieces are quite eye-catching as Collins’ attention to detail is insane. Open a gallery of Collins’ art below and be sure to read our interview with him that follows.
Click on any image above to open a gallery of Collins’ art.
Describe your style.
Describe your creative process. How do you start a new piece?
What mediums do you work in?
Who and what are your biggest influences?
I’m very influenced by movies usually; there are a lot of pieces that are inside of a movie that all mix to create its own little vibe. I think movies like Run Lola Run have changed me a little and I’ve found a liking to early 2000’s things in general. There is kind of a lost and offbeat tone and an intense confidence to a lot of products and art during that time, especially [in] marketing. In terms of individual artists, Henry Darger seems to be so much of a staple in my mind[that] I forget that he’s in there when this kind of question is asked. He is definitely in there as a big helper in how I can keep going about how I’m working, and his work is very reassuring for me. [I also like] Suehiro Maruo…and I think a lot of people mistake his work for Takato Yamamoto’s or Yoshitaka Amano. There is a sort of commonality between them, I can’t exactly name it yet, but whatever it is, I like it and I like all of them. Aside from those, anything I’m looking at can have a big effect on how I’m thinking about things or what I might be interested in. I’ve been going to school at RISD for a bit now and there are hills and it’s very green and orange over there. There is a piece I’m doing over there right now that uses all of those colors and even purple, a color I used to afraid of.
What does art and the ability to express yourself mean to you?
It’s very fun! There is no deep reason for me, I could’ve expressed myself in anyway I could, but drawing the things I do is the way I’ve been going about it, since I was 2. Of course, the person expressing themselves doesn’t have to know they’re doing it, and I think I’m still at that stage. I’m sure my pieces say something about me, and I’m sure there’s a commonality between the subjects in them, but I haven’t gotten to a point where I could claim that those commonalities have to be part of me or my own art. I think that is a hindering thing on a lot of artists — when they try to find a style or find the big word to describe something, or claiming that a specific object they draw is their thing. That is very funny, but it is a bit hard to laugh at. Expressing myself is not much of anything to me , but drawing what I would like and drawing how I would like at the moment is almost everything.
Where do you want to be in five years as an artist?
A studio would be nice. Being busy is even nicer. Something red is going to be there I’m sure. I’d like to be working with things like fashion, book covers — anything that lets my artwork be itself. “I am friends with a few museums, and I’m traveling” is something I can say in 5 years, and I’ll have some chocolate. I will draw on watches and clothes, and people will know about it, and I’ll know that they know. Essentially, I’ll be doing the same thing I already am now, except I’ve seen more and I can do more.
What do you want people to know you for?
I would like them to know my art, that is the best thing in my life, and it’s good to see the best side of something. Whatever they take from my art is something that I should note and I can ask them why, and they can explain it ,and I learn something about myself I hadn’t really thought of, and then I think about if that part of me even existed before they mentioned what I put in the piece. That has happened before and it feels like a good thing every time it happens. It’s rare, but it happens, and I’m very excited to see more.