“He had no idea what he was doing, but he enjoyed every moment of it.” — Cody Blazek
That’s what would live on Cody Blazek’s tombstone, and why he was hand-picked as our first “Artist Series” interview. When Mary and I first met Cody, we were sitting in a small booth at Brew & Brew in Austin, TX, talking about how we can highlight the incredible talent that exists right here in our city. Little did we know that Cody would not only one of the first users of the Day Dreamer app but willing to collaborate with us on a number of new initiatives.
After speaking with Cody for our first in a series of artist interviews, we realized how much his artistry and runner lifestyle pulses through his veins. He’s collaborated with a number of talented artists, including Austin-based singer-songwriter, Sarah Sharp, on one of her recent album covers. Cody is actively part of the Austin mural and art scene, living his life as a bonafide artist through and through. We can’t wait to introduce you to this up-and-coming master. Full transcript available below (along with the video).
I think anyone can be a really great artist, it’s just the story that you’re able to portray is what sets you apart. -Cody Blazek
Day Dreamer: How did you get started in the world of art?
Blazek: I think I got started when I was in church on Sundays as a kid. To keep me quiet, my parents would leave me and my brother a little sketchpad or a spiral notebook, so we could sit for an hour straight, just keep your head down and sketch. And then, because I was just shown that art was always available, (or just a pen, pencil, and paper away) when I was shown cartoons, I started drawing what I saw on TV.
DD: What are your thoughts on collaborating with other artists?
Blazek: I enjoy collaborating with other artists mainly because I feel like I’m still learning. Everyone should always want to expand and never feel stale.
DD: What materials do you use when creating your art or drawing?
Blazek: [The markers I’m currently using] are alcohol-based COPIC markers, just like Prismacolor markers, which are used a lot for marker rendering. There’s not really any real reason I use these, [other than because it’s] what I had available with me. I think I would’ve started off by painting, but because I had markers on hand, I just went for it and it’s become my own style.
DD: You’ve worked with shoes a lot in your creative journey. Why shoes?
Blazek: I enjoy the way shoes look as a design. Even in my junior year [of college], I went a whole year without wearing shoes because I was weird like that. I had to put them on only 3 times because [for instance] I went into a restaurant once. I went as far as going to Atlanta, GA for a design conference and I didn’t even pack shoes. I just remember going to the conference barefoot and everyone was like “what do you do?” I’m a footwear designer. “Oh, so you must really be into it, like hardcore, if you’re not even wearing shoes.” At the same time, I was running barefoot every day and trying to get involved in that [world]. I think it increased my understanding of feet so that when I did design shoes, it had more consideration for anything I drew, it had a very deep-rooted understanding, like “oh, my foot moves this way barefoot doing all of these different activities.” Let’s say, hypothetically, I was playing basketball barefoot — I know what it is like on that extreme level of trying to be stable that I know exactly what I would prefer without. I want the least amount of footwear on my feet to move, but at the same time, you need it to perform really well.
DD: Why is being a creative individual and an artist important to you?
Blazek: I think creativity at some level is important for everybody because it allows you to train your brain to express itself. If you’re open enough to draw art, whether it’s drawing flowers or exploring some crazy concept or just doing portraits, the ability to sketch satisfies something deeper in any of us. Being creative, you could be born with a little bit more or less of it, but at the end of the day, art is just a skill. It’s what you do with those skills that make it much more. I think anyone can be a really great artist, it’s just the story that you’re able to portray is what sets you apart.
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Want to be part of the Day Dreamer community? Each month we will shine a spotlight on the talented artists that exist within our network, as well as those who are collaborating on creative projects. We’d love to highlight your work and projects — reach out to us at email@example.com and don’t forget — download the Day Dreamer app today! Let’s create together.