Blind Date

Blind Date

As an artist with a vision, 21-year-old Dylan Barnard sketches thumbnails and transfers his ideas into the digital realm, giving his artwork an eerie sort of realism.

When he isn’t creating art, he loves to play guitar and stay fit by climbing rock walls. He even works for the local rock climbing gym.

Barnard is currently studying graphic design at Western Iowa Tech Community College.

You can see his work on his Instagram page @hipster.remedies.

Dylan Barnard

Dylan Barnard holding the laptop in which he creates his art.

Weekender: When and how did you get into creating art?

Barnard: “It started in middle school. I was actually in TAG Art; that’s where I really started to get into it. I had some downtime, especially when I got into the Navy. I’d sit and sketch; that’s where I got back into it. I then got into digital art, and that’s where I sort of took off.”

Kit Kat

Kit Kat

Weekender: Who and what inspires you to create art?

Barnard: “I wouldn’t say it is a ‘who,’ I don’t think anybody inspires me. Emotions inspire me more than anything else. Emotions determine how good my art is going to be. For a while I was pretty depressed, and that is where my art took off.”

Blond smoking a cigarette

Digital drawing of a blond smoking a cigarette.

Weekender: What are some of your go-to mediums?

Barnard: “I can’t get rid of the sketchbook ever. The sketchbook is always with me. Even if I do my digital drawings, everything starts out as a thumbnail sketch. I’m always doing digital paintings. I also dabble in watercolors.”

Dylan Barnard blue lady

Digital drawing by Dylan Barnard of a blue lady with a certain energy coming out of half of her head.

Weekender: What are some of your favorite subjects?

Dylan Barnard bearded balloon

Digital drawing by Dylan Barnard of a bearded balloon.

Barnard: “Anything that makes people stop and look. When you draw nude women, it will make people stop and look at the picture. I think it was more of an attention thing first; just getting myself out there. I then started going into the dark side; drawing people who had been shot in the head. It is all about the ‘awe factor,’ I guess. I’m not a morbid person at all; it’s just what comes out.”



Weekender: What kind of head space do you have to be in to create?

Barnard: “It’s really specific. I wish I could be in that head space so I could draw all the time. I have to be relaxed, yet have energy. I also have to have an emotion going on, whether it’s happy, sad, tired or whatever. I need to be in my own environment; anything that’s lively.”

Remember Me?

Remember Me?

Weekender: What is your creative process?

Barnard: “It starts off with an image in my head; it’s like the finished product. I then sketch the image in a two-inch thumbnail. I use a Wacom tablet…you use a pen on it and the drawings come up on the computer screen. It’s pretty much like drawing, but you have unlimited canvases and paint. I just draw in Photoshop. I clean up the sketch, and then throw color on it.”

Dylan Barnard's laptop

Dylan Barnard's laptop and Wacom drawing pad.

Weekender: Do you ever have gallery shows or sell your art?

Barnard: “I’ve never had a gallery show. I just did a commission work for the first time recently. It was interesting. I enjoyed it because I got to draw and make money, but it wasn’t something I initially wanted to create, I guess.”

Sour Passion

Sour Passion

Weekender: Was it hard to let go of that commission piece, given it was an original piece of your art?

Dylan Barnard sea turtle

Digital drawing of a sea turtle by Dylan Barnard.

Barnard: “Not at all. Usually I grow pretty attached to my work. This time I just wanted to get paid. I definitely wasn’t attached to it. Anything I create in my own head tends to stick with me.”

Mom Jeans

Mom Jeans

Weekender: What is your ultimate goal as an artist?

Barnard: “It just comes back to ‘wowing’ people. I want to wow whatever audience I have, whether it’s in a gallery or online.”

Dylan Barnard glasses girl

Digital drawing by Dylan Barnard of a woman wearing glasses.

Weekender: Why do you create art? What does it do for you?

Barnard: “A lot of people have ways of expressing themselves, and I think this is my way. It just comes back to the emotion thing.”

Dylan Barnard table babe

Digital drawing by Dylan Barnard of a woman sitting on a table.

Weekender: How do emotions affect your creativity? What do each of the emotions do for you?

Dylan Barnard sailor sketch

Dylan Barnard's sketch of a sailor.

Barnard: “I’ve only 'angry-drawn' once, and it didn’t go the way I wanted it to. It was very passive-aggressive, and I didn’t like it that much. I knew what was behind the art. I’ve never drawn frustrated. You can tell the stuff I make when I’m happy; lots of vibrant colors. I can’t tell until I’m looking at the art afterward; I can see which pieces I was depressed while creating.

“I’d like to see people find their outlet. That is what brought me back in many ways. The Navy affected me a lot. It kind of saved me in a way. Find an outlet, whether it is creating art or picking up a guitar. Expressing yourself is really important, and this is how I do it.”

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