By Cyan Leigh Dacasin
Ben Caudill’s love for the arts has made him a master at his craft. Fashion, music and art made him appreciate the beauty of other people’s work. His belief that everything is connected, especially in the arts, stemmed from his time in the Southwest — Durango, Colorado, specifically.
His first opportunity came when designer Nadya Gudumak of Nikita Rinaldi gave him his first chance to prove himself as an up and comer. Art school in Seattle was his standing point in the creative field; His concepts combine cultural relativity in all aspects. He takes his inspiration from the ballerinas of Kyiv, London’s polished metropolis scene, and models from Moldova, to say the least he isn’t stopping anytime soon.
After being featured in Zensations Magazine LA, his streak for artistic flair hasn’t slowed down. His firm belief in pursuing his dreams and pushing for future collaborations with a diverse range of creative individuals.
We at Mr Warburton Magazine were fortunate to catch up with this amazing artist and to get his thoughts on his style, inspiration, and the ability to keep your creativity flowing no matter what.
Do you remember your first experience as a child with the arts? When did you know that the art field was something you wanted to do in the future?
My influence as a kid was my dad. He was a welder and a jack of all trades; my mom was also artistic with the loom she had. My dad gave me the talent to restore my first car by hand. It was a 1964 Volvo P1800S, in which I paid and learned a great skill.
Archaeology was my first love, but in Durango High School with the likes of drawing and sculpture classes, I began to learn my love of the arts.
What are your favourite mediums? And which art period does your style draw the most inspiration from?
My favourite mediums are pencil, ink, watercolour, marker, charcoal for illustration and Sheffield crystals and acrylic for painting. The style I would say is a combination of line drawing, realism, and letting the lines speak for themselves in slight movements and imperfections that aren’t meant to catch the viewer’s eye.
I love poses that are different from others and love black and white. Lighting aspects can make a pose stick out, especially when I choose a picture, concept, or scene. My inspiration ranges from Robert De Niro Sr., Kim Gordon, Syd Mead, Maxfield Parrish, H.R. Giger, and the list goes on.
I still occasionally D.J., but I use my vinyl collection on my turntables to influence my work also. Music is a massive influence on me, as well.
But my main inspiration is to bring back traditional methods of art and design into a commercial world.
I love to inspire others and connect with all types of artists appreciating each other’s work, and diversity is the key to success!
As an artist, there’s always been a lot of flack about people working in the creative field. What are your thoughts on this, and how do you handle the criticisms from naysayers?
I think every artist should recognize the value of criticism. You are not going to win them all. But it would help if you learned about yourself in the process. The essential point through it all is never to give up, even if you are going through a tough time in your personal life,
The Arts are terrific therapy to get through, and it helps you make goals even if you even get knocked down a couple of times! Keep working hard. If you love what you do, then let it shine!
During these uncertain times, do you find your creativity lapsing during this pandemic?
I think this crisis has put a damper on a lot of artists, not to mention my daily job, I’ve been working in a hospice for over a decade. I told myself to kick out a few pieces as hard as it is watching the news here in the states.
I keep telling everyone to keep their chin up, do their best. As artists distract the world from the doom and gloom. Be positive; do your job of putting light and culture back into any imagery or thoughts.
Do you have any tips for upcoming artists looking for work as we ease into the new normal?
The best tip I can give artists, especially if they are beginners, is never to think small and too big. Nothing can stop your desire, passion, or inspiration. Write down maybe three contacts who inspire you, and show them your work, if they like it fine if not next. Yes, there are times where it will be difficult. But stand tall and keep working at it. If it’s your job, personal life hanging you up, you can always escape into your dreams, but always remember that they never come true without sacrifice, hard work, and, most of all, love for what you do.
Lastly, Do you have any new projects that we should be keeping an eye out for soon?
At the moment, I am sketching a few models drawing for warm-up pieces, painting here and there, and a few fashion designs. But I hope to send a portfolio to Calvin Klein on Madison street, see what they think of my black and white pieces of models. I have also drawn a few commissioned pieces for several clients.
For more on Ben Caudill: www.instagram.com/bencaudillart