Who are you ? Rick St dennis MFA
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Where are you ?
SEAL BEACH, California USA (no there are no seals here they have moved up the coast)
When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?
I started selling my drawings when I was 15-I designed my first stage production when I was 16, I did sets and costumes for the Whittier Civic Light Opera’s Funny Girl when I was 17
What was the first product you ever had for sale?
That was the 1960’s – I don’t have an image anymore-framed art
What is your favorite piece in the whole store?
The Day of the Dead – an adult colouring book:
Dia de los Muertes
Who is your inspiration/muse?
Disney, Aubrey Beardsley. Alphonse Mucha. Frank Frazetta
How many people work with/for you?
Monique Van Dijk has been my number one support for several years but I have had many wonderful design team members
What’s your guilty pleasure ?
Binge watching TV series on the computer and YouTube Videos
What job did you have BEFORE you started drawing/designing for a living?
My first job was as a florist when I was 15 so I started designing right at the start
If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world …. who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them? I have been so lucky to live near Hollywood in Southern California much of my life, My family was in the movie industry so I have met MANY famous folk, I gave VIP tours at Universal Studios from 1976 to 1979 where I escorted people like Jean Genet, Lotte Lenya, Jimmy Carter, Tip O’neil and others through the studio and sometimes to lunch-I also correspond with some celebs via email but all that said I would love to spend an afternoon with Bette Middler and ask her to just TALK…Interesting story when I was a very little boy (about 5) my dad used to take me with him to his studio on Saturdays occasionally and we would have breakfast sometimes with his “OLD FRIENDS” (Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr and sometimes John Carradine) my kid friends never did believe that I had breakfast with DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN and THE WOLF MAN-see what I mean? Lucky…
What’s your favorite color?
What was your favorite subject in school…?
If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be?
I have always wanted a black widow spider on my shoulder but too much of a coward – I did design tats for many people maybe Monique will show you hers???
What is your best and worst personality trait?
I cry too easily
When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?
2010 I think, I went and visited Crafty friends in YUMA. Arizona for 3 days and we crafted and laughed the whole time (Francine Hill and Dee Moran of Altered stARTs).
If you got offered a weekend in a haunted house/castle etc.. would you say yes?
Sign me up!
If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?
CHERNABOG (look it up) – BTW I did work at DISNEYLAND for 3 years as a leather writer carving peoples names on various leather items
What’s your favorite horror movie?
Ouch too many to choose- maybe the ORIGINAL “POLTERGEIST”
If you were reincarnated…who would you have been in a former life?
A showgirl in the Follies Bergeres in Paris – I love feathers and Rhinestones
When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?
If you were a Cluedo Character, who would you be?
I am ALWAYS Professor Plum (maybe purple is my favorite colour?)
Name your favorite cartoon?
Family Guy followed by Bob’s Burgers
“Art is the stage upon which we play” and I wrote it
What is your most popular item in the store/shop?
The World of Rick St. dennis: large images from 2005 to 2015 – an adult coloring book
Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them?
Not Telling but No I have never drawn them but we dated for a few months – LUCKY remember?
If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?
I would be a tour Escort of some sort
How long have you been in business?
officially since 1969 on the internet since 2009
What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?
Pigma Micron pens 005, 01 and 02
What is the one question you are really glad I didn’t ask ….and dare you answer it anyway?
Do you sleep in the nude? Of course and usually on RED sheets-I love red sheets and I have about 12 pillows
If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with ?
A good psychiatrist-I have terrible claustrophobia
When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?
Depends, Salty crunchy usually but occasionally Ice Cream
What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?
The period from Halloween till Christmas
Would you go cave diving with sharks?
Claustrophobia remember? and I’m allergic to seafood…
If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?
They did LOL…Rick St dennis is my professional name…
Which decade do you think had the best music?
1920s and 30s
Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so.. was it fun, or a nightmare?
What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?
What should be written on your gravestone when you die?
He Tried. He Cared
Do you secretly watch WWE wrestling when no one is around?
Used to…not for years
If you were offered a trip to the moon, would you go..and if so .. which of your images/products would leave on the moon??
I might go but seriously I don’t think I would leave a memento-I don’t have that kind of ego
Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?
Too late I am already old-you’d have to ask others about the rest
When you are working, what is the view from your window like?
there is no view-I don’t like to be distracted so I work in a room with Blackout drapes-time stops
What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?
70s Disco -still love it
Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?
What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?
Humans are wonderfully complex and they have a great capacity for love-no matter how quirky and irascible people are they will support a person when the chips are down.
Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise
2012 Prince of Christmas Santa
If you were a classic car…. what would you be?
A Duesenberg touring car circa 1938
How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?
I am VERY fast so it can be less than an hour or it can be DAYS-the longest I worked on a colouring book was Tierra de los Muertes – took weeks…
Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?
2012 Prince of Christmas Santa
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