Art Crush: Nick Sumida’s Colorful Pop Drawings

We fell in love with Nick Sumida‘s art the first time we saw it. Nick’s an NYC-based cartoonist and illustrator who draws colorful sketches of pop culture icons, slimy sea creatures, and sometimes just his friends. We talked to Nick about his life and his work — and lucky us, he volunteered his spirit animal before we even had to ask.

Tell us a little about yourself!
Well, I went to the School of Visual Arts for cartooning, and now I work freelance in Brooklyn. My spirit animal is a swan, in case anyone was wondering…

What influences your work?
Manga and anime, Tumblr, 80′s VHS packaging, costumes in science fiction movies, and my own secret obsessions and pathos. The internet has pretty much destroyed the mental filtering system I have for art and information, so when I sit in front of a computer screen for seven hours a day, whatever I see basically gets absorbed and shows up in my art.

Who’s harder to draw, Uma Thurman or David Bowie?
Both of them have pretty specific noses, but Bowie “smizes” more [Ed note: smiling with your eyes, as coined by Tyra Banks], which is something I still haven’t mastered (in art or in my personal life).

What’s the most off-the-wall comic idea you’ve ever had?
When I was 11, I was really into drawing the slimy “G” in the Goosebumps books logo, and I made a super hero called “Goop Boy” just so I could draw the “G” on his chest all the time. He had the ability to fly and shoot green slime from his hands (I watched a lot of Nickelodeon game shows), and I would draw his comics on computer paper with the sky printed on it to make him look like he was flying.

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      what do the spirit animal jokes mean?