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Isaac Bidwell – Artist

Posted by on Aug 2, 2011

Isaac Bidwell is a local artist whose work I happen to like a lot. He’s starting to garner a lot of attention both in the central New York area and in other parts of the country. His art is being shown all over the place; he’s going to be a big deal one day and I get to go to a big fancy party on his behalf. Okay, I’m allowed to dream, right? Take some time to learn about Isaac, and if you like this and want to learn more then check out this first interview I did with him on my other blog.

1. Why graphic art instead of any other type?

That’s a hard question to answer. Personally I think my work is part Graphic Art and part Fine Art. Fortunately the lines a blurring.

2. How does the creative process begin?

First I think up a concept, then I start to sketch. After that I draw a detailed pencil sketch. At this point I either scan the image into my computer to digitally ink and color the image, or I use a quill pen and ink the art and then add watercolor.

3. How long might it take you to fully complete a work?

Anywhere from an hour to a couple of years. It all depends on the deadline for the work. This week I created 4 images for two gallery shows. I also have a comic I’ve been working on here and there for the past two years.

4. When you don’t have models, are you thinking about famous people, people you know or are you making them up?

I’m a big believer of using references. I used to be against it, for some stupid reason. But with a couple of references, the work simply looks better.

5. What kind of genres does your art fit best?

Before I would say Comic art, but after talking to an art rep, I realized that’s not really the case. I feel my work is more ornate, similar to Art Nouveau or sometimes to old ink illustrations of the late 1800s.

6. What kind of clients would you look to work with, or do you want to just be independent?

I’ve tried freelance and it didn’t work out well. My mistake was I thought local, not national or global. Currently I’ve been exhibiting in some amazing galleries. I now realize I can do anything I put my mind to. I honestly feel it’s just a matter of time before I go out and land some big clients.

7. Where can people see more of your work or even purchase some of it?

My work can be seen on or I also have some works for sale on my publishing site: And I can always be reached at

8. Close with a pitch; tell people who you are and why you’re going to be the next big thing.

My talent. Now when people read or hear that they may think I’m full of myself. But here’s the thing, I don’t mean the art. Granted, I believe in my work, but my true talent that will make me successful in this field is the business part of my brain. I realize this is work and a business. Too many artist forget that if you want to create art for a living, it’s a job. Luckily for me about 99% of the artist out there are lazy, they just want it handed to them. I want to go out and get it.

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I enjoyed this interview Mitch.

And man, Issac, from the couple images listed in this post (and the ones I just checked out on your site) you are really talented. It’s obvious (at least to me) that you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing and you’re great at it. I wish you the best of luck.

Great stuff gentlemen. Take it easy!

August 2nd, 2011 | 10:38 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

Thanks JK. Figures, I post this just as Isaac goes on an out of town trip for about a week. I hope he finds time to pop in while traveling to say a word or two. I lov ehis work as well.

August 2nd, 2011 | 4:19 PM

Hi Mitch. You’ve done an interesting interview here. I really enjoyed reading it. Actually, I’ve never heard of this guy before. Thanks!

August 2nd, 2011 | 11:08 PM
Mitch Mitchell:

Andrew, you shouldn’t have ever heard about him before as he’s a local guy, as the article stated. But he’s going to be big, which is why I’m glad to get him now before he gets too big to talk to me. lol

August 3rd, 2011 | 10:18 AM

Handsome guy.. nice artistic approach and interview..

August 3rd, 2011 | 12:38 AM

I must admit the interview is quite interesting, Mitch. Also great art with some conceptual and hidden meaning. Honestly, haven’t seen anything similar for a long time and some of this graphics remind me of a book which I bought long time, of the best commercials during the 60-70s.

August 3rd, 2011 | 6:49 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

Carl, I didn’t know you were quite that old. lol I hadn’t thought about it before but there are some elements of art from the past in there for sure. Course, this is only a sampling; some of his other stuff is definitely edgier, but this is a family blog (so to speak) after all. 😉

August 3rd, 2011 | 10:24 AM

Don’t get me wrong, I think his work is quite unique, just it makes this feeling to this reference. Haha, I quite like learning about the trends in design and graphics are my passion as this is related to my first job. I will try to find more from his work, definitely great artist.

August 3rd, 2011 | 9:10 PM

Wow, thanks for the love everyone. I’m really flattered.

I forgot to mention in the interview, if you like my work another place I post new art (updating regularly to my site can be a pain), is

On there I have some of my images from my upcoming San Diego and Philly shows.

Thanks again,

August 3rd, 2011 | 11:03 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

San Diego & Philly; you need to take me to San Diego as your, uhhhh, bodyguard or something. lol

August 3rd, 2011 | 11:35 AM

I know nothing of art. I do understand business and determination. On that level I can relate with Isaac. He said, “I can do anything I put my mind to”. You have to respect that kind of determination in any field.

August 22nd, 2011 | 10:59 PM
Mitch Mitchell:

I’m with you on this one Brian. I’ve known him a long time and his art just keeps getting better.

August 22nd, 2011 | 11:46 PM

I have had the great fortune to actually meet Issac – thanks to Kelvin Ringold. Not only is his work amazing, he is a really great guy. I wish him all the luck in the world! Thanks for giving him the notice he deserves Mitch.

September 30th, 2012 | 4:20 PM

No problem Aradia, and I’m glad you got to see this. I did a second, separate interview with him on my Syracuse blog as well.

October 1st, 2012 | 8:46 PM