We had the good fortune of connecting with Bryant Anderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bryant, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting my own business was that I love drawing, and I love to write, so why not start a business with two things that I love doing?
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is hand-drawn illustration, and it ranges from realism to whatever is in my imagination at the moment, as well as LGBTQIA+ representation. I believe that what sets me apart from other artists is my drive to be different and not get stuck in perceived notions of what is and should be, based off of societal norms. I am most proud of the fact that, even when I get in an “artist block,” I continue to push forward. I got to where I am professionally due to motivation from my friends and family as well as their belief in my ability, and, no, it wasn’t easy. The challenges that I met along the way are/were self doubt and “imposter syndrome.” The lessons that I’ve learned along the way are not to doubt myself and my ability. I want the world to know that my brand and story is just beginning.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Go to the local bars around the Midtown Atlanta area. Six Flags over Georgia, depending on the time of year. Atlanta Botanical Garden; I’ve never been, but I have always wanted to go. Some walking trails, as I like to walk and see nature. Try some of the restaurants in the East Atlanta/Little Five Points (L5P) area. Anything spontaneous.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank my mother, Mamie, especially for encouraging me, along with my friends Denziel, Ashley, and Randy for continuing to push me even through the dark, depressing times.
Bryant J. Anderson, Antonio Price, and Denziel Dorsey.