We had the good fortune of connecting with David Gorden and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I wanted an outlet for my art and my creative thoughts. I have a plethora of original characters and story ideas and doing it myself was the best way to present my creative ideas to the world.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have been a comic artist/visual storyteller since the mid 1990’s. I love to tell stories through my art. I like to draw people in with exciting and intriguing stories. I always have had a talent for art and I remember when I discovered my love for comics helping make my decision to become a professional artist. Being an artist is both easy and hard. What makes it easy is that I have a talent and a love for creating comics and illustrations. What makes it hard is because being a visual story teller makes your art a slave to the story and that will present drawing challenges, for instance, drawing a busy city street with buildings and people walking around and your main character in the middle of it. Being an artist is also very personal and putting your art out to be critiqued by people is always anxious. I’ve learned many lessons along my journey. The most important lesson is that you have to enjoy every aspect of this journey. Even the stuff that is tedious like admin work and packing and shipping. The thing I would like everyone to know about myself and my studio, 4Sight Studio, is that I want to provide high quality art and story telling that is relatable to the black community as well as the widest audience possible.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One of my favorite spots to go to in my hometown of St. Louis, is Smoke and Sip Cigar Lounge, in Florissant, Other places to visit are Ropers Ribs for great BBQ, Busch Stadium for a Cardinals game or three, the U City Loop which is a stretch of Delmar full of shops and restaurants, and the Central West End, again a stretch of shops and restaurants located near midtown.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to shout out my late friend and mentor Raymond A DeBerry who helped me begin my entrepreneurial artist journey.
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All Art by David Gorden