My mom likes to tell people that her favorite piece of mine is a drawing of ET doing jumping jacks from when I was about three. If you ask her about it she’ll go into detail about how the shakey circles and crooked lines really *do* resemble whatever it was I was going for as a kid. She brings it up at every opportunity with a huge smile on her face. Meanwhile my dad, a beloved high school science teacher, still carries around a Farside-esque comic panel I drew for him on a white board when I was fifteen about an alien who accidentally made crop circles on his test papers.
I’ve come a long way since then. Constant drawing and observing and healthy self-criticism will do that to a per
son. These days I consider art to be a second income through commissions, selling prints and various projects I often do at Quarks. I’ve graduated from drawing on bar napkins for a couple bucks at D.B. Searle’s in college to doing elaborate, highly-detailed personal drawings for tons of people around the world. I’m also the caricature guy here at Quarks every Saturday and many kids and parents look forward to our 5-minute get-togethers.
Immediately when you walk through the doors, my artwork is plastered all over Quarks’ walls in a unique display. Many of our guests love to look at them and it fills me with more joy than you could ever imagine. If my fifteen-year-old angsty self could see me now, I probably wouldn’t believe it.
My specialty is portraits, they’re probably the most fun for me, but I never back down from a challenge and like to joke that I can draw anything if I stare at it long enough. In a sense it’s the self-taught guarantee.
Right now I’m looking into starting my own art business where I hope to sell prints and apparel with my designs on them. My support from the team at Quarks American Bento has been a huge influence on me taking this next step in my life. I’ve been asked to be a part of the art crawl twice in 2016 and the preparation on their end has been more than I could ever ask for.
My fiancee and I have been a part of Quarks since the very beginning, before we even opened the doors over a year ago. I liked the job when I first started but I never envisioned how supportive of my artwork everyone would turn out to be. Man, you should see the way Adam’s eyes light up when he talks about my budding art career. He’s one of the owners at Quarks and he’s one of the most hard-working people I’ve ever met in my life, but he’s never too busy to give advice on how to deal with starting a small business, or what steps to take to ensure this goes well for me. I’ve talked about this in “Being an Essential Element: Vince” and how it’s influenced my experience working here, but the truth is, it’s influenced my personal life and art career even more. It’s the first time in my life that I’ve had the confidence to just go for it, and that’s largely been due to pushing from the Quarks crew.
So thank you, Quarks, for being awesome and supporting me and my own growing business like family. Not a lot of people in the working world get to say that.
Vince Iserloth does lots of different art, and you can see samples of it at Quarks! For more of his amazing work and contact information (in case you’d like to own some original Vince Iserloth work!) you can like him on Facebook at Vince Iserloth.