Brian Holderman


Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently?


I was born in State College PA, 1976. Currently live in Pittsburgh PA USA.



What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures?


Drawing is something I have always done, and I never stopped. It was always such a fun thing to do.



Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding?


Jason Lee. His part in Video Days kicked so much ass. I started skating in 9th grade and kept it up daily through my 20s. I still ride, but not nearly as much as back then.



Who is your favorite artist, living or dead?


I first heard Mike Patton when The Real Thing came out in '89, and was immediately hooked. I've been and still am a giant Mike Patton fan. He's one of those musicians that can genre jump and kill it every time.


When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing?


Love playing pinball, watching movies, listening to music, reading, traveling. When it snows, and it does often in Pittsburgh, I definitely love to snowboard. I like cooking too, but there's lots of room for improvement there.



Who are your biggest influences?


In the early days, it had to have been the guys who drew for Mad Magazine; Jack Davis, Al Jaffee, Sergio Aragones. I worked in a used book store when I was young in exchange for stacks of old Golden Age comics and old Mad Magazines. Most of them were beat and missing covers, but they had such a huge impact on my artwork then and I had no idea. When I started skating, board graphics were a huge influence. At the time I didn't know who was drawing them, I just knew they were amazing.



What mediums do you enjoy working in?


When I paint, I use acrylics. They're nice and opaque for the type of images I make. Really enjoy screen printing too, it's such a different process of art making than painting is.


Anything else you want to tell?


Someone once told me the key to a successful freelance career was being really good, on time, or friendly. If you can be two of the three on any given project, you'll do just fine.