Graphic by Bend, Oregon’s Adam Haynes of Stickfort.com. Adam can draw better than you, but he would never tell you that. He is a quiet, humble, backwoods, cliff droppin’, Dirksen Derby winning, illustrative ninja. More at stickfort.com.
Where is home? Where was it before?
Bend, OR. Before was Portland, and Bozeman before that.
If you had an unlimited travel budget where would you go?
With an unlimited travel budget, where wouldn’t I go? It’d be a dream come true to visit Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Indo, Chile, Argentina, etc, and have the time and resources to sketch, paint, snowboard and surf my way through the country. Do a big show every year based on my travels, and then do it all over again.
Whats your process and how did you arrive there?
It changes depending on the project, but usually it goes something like this: research subject matter, gather inspiration, start sketching, make changes, sketch some more, make changes, ink, color, deliver.
Do you make a living off your art?
I’ve been a commercial illustrator for almost six years, and it’s still paying the bills.
Can you tell us a little about the board graphic you did for GNU?
It’s a big departure from my usual style, so it was a good challenge and a bit of a roll of the dice. All that work paid off though, it’s one of my all time favorites.
Hobbies outside art making?
Working on my pow slashers, walking the dog, riding my bike, and starting new projects.
What gets you out of bed in the morning, what inspires you?
Sunny weather helps a lot. Then coffee. Then a good walk with my dog Lucy, and I’m usually in the right head space to sit down and start creating.
I’ve been feeling pretty challenged lately, so more of the same. Getting better at what I do, polishing my process, moving forward. Painting more. That’s always a goal.
Big thanks to Gnu for all the support and sick boards. Love that new Billygoat! Thanks to Temple and Barrett, Tim and Pete for trusting me with their concepts and letting me run with them. Huge thanks to my project manager Genna for keeping all my shit straight. Thanks to my folks and my sister, and a heartfelt thanks to all the good folks out there whose support allows me to make a living doing what I love.