Today we’d like to introduce you to Christos Perry.
Christos, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born and raised in Augusta, GA or Disgusta as I like to call it. Not the most inviting name but it’s always going to be my home. Growing up an only child you can imagine times got pretty lonely, so I had to find different ways to entertain myself. One of which being drawing. I come from a family of designers, musicians, and entertainers, so I knew from an early age I wanted to do something creative, but I had no idea what it was going to be.
When I was a kid, my favorite show in the world was Dragon Ball Z. My mom would always get on me for drawing those “banana head boys” as she liked to call them. I would bring the drawings to school and show my friends. They would get so hyped! I didn’t know it at the time, but I think that spark the passion in me.
I attended a health and engineering high school but math and science were not my favorite subjects so I knew I could never follow that path. My friends would always tease me for being the odd man out. While they were off doing internships studying mechanics and medicine, I would be in the art room working my design skills.
After high school, I attended Savannah College of Art and Design in hopes of becoming a comic book artist until I found out about their 2D animation program. I had always had a strong passion for cartoons, but I had no idea that people could actually make a living from them. So I ultimately changed my major and was sold from then on.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I can honestly say it hasn’t been easy for me on this journey. I think I speak for all freelancers, creatives, and entrepreneurs out there when I say that this path is not a cake walk, well at least not at first. There have been a lot of missed opportunities, setbacks, and self doubt in my career.
Even though I deal with these things on a daily basis, I know that I’m still young and growing. I think that fact more than any other is what drives me to become the best artist I can be. This is just the beginning, and I know there are going to be a lot more bumps in the road ahead.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I specialize in 2d animation and illustration. I mainly work on music videos, animated shorts, cover art, and character designs. I’m proud to be able to wake up every morning essentially breathe life into my drawings. There such a sense of satisfaction when I get to see characters I’ve created move across the screen or capturing the image of an idea someone had while they were creating a song.
It’s exciting to be in a city with so many different types of artists and musicians. With Atlanta being the hub for our culture, and with so much talent coming out everyday, I feel like there are countless opportunities for someone like me. I think people gravitate towards my work because it’s refreshing and energetic.
When I work with another artist or a musician, I like to tell them to free their minds and give me the wildest ideas they could possibly think of. Unlike live action, animation allows the space to tell almost any type of story visually. This opens up so many different realms, leaving the possibilities virtually endless.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Most importantly, I give credit to my mother for being my biggest supporter. From working three jobs to put me through school, to just being there for me during my lowest times, She is the driving force behind Stosart and what makes me aspire to be great. I owe her the world and one day I hope to give it to her. I’m sure anyone else with a single parent can relate.
I also want to give a special thanks to photographer and videographer Marquis Garden. He has been a great friend and mentor to me these past couples of years. I always credit him for giving me inspiration and the initial push I needed to take the leap of faith into this world of entrepreneurship.
I appreciate all of my family, friends, and fans of my work that have stuck by me for this long. It’s encouraging to know I have so many support systems coming from so many different places. Knowing that I have a lot of people counting on me is what keeps me humble and passionate about what I do.
- Website: www.stosart.com
- Phone: 6789382964
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stosart/
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December 24, 2018 at 1:01 am
Love and proud of you. You are amaxing so talented! Aunt Dianne in Baton Rouge