Meet the Artist is a blog series where we interview amazing artists from various Instagram communities.
Today’s interview features illustrator, fuse bead artist, graphic designer, video producer, and host of this site, Bruno Pierce of Pierce Pop Art! What better way to kick off this series than with a behind-the-scenes interview with the man behind the beard. At the time of this article, Pierce Pop Art has over 3,000 followers on Instagram. Let’s kick it off with some basic questions.
Q. What’s your name and where are you from? A. I’m Bruno Pierce. I’m originally from the East Coast but I now live in Portland, Oregon.
Q. What’s your occupation/what do you do for a living? A. I’m a video producer, graphic designer, and motion graphic artist. I own my own business, Launchd Media, where we help small businesses and personal brands disrupt their market with impactful design/branding and top-notch marketing strategy.
Q. What’s your Instagram or Shop Name?
A. My business is called Pierce Pop Art, you can find me on Instagram, Facebook, Etsy, Amazon Handmade, and TeePublic.
Q. How long have you been creating art with fuse beads? A. I started using Perler beads in April of 2015.
Q. Do you create any other type of art? A. I create vector art for stickers and enamel pins, chibi/kawaii illustration art, other graphic design related projects, as well as motion graphic animation and video production.
Q. What video game, comic book, TV show, or movie influences most of your work? A. Stranger Things, Rick & Morty, Overwatch, TMNT, Mario, Legend of Zelda, Power Rangers, Bob’s Burgers, The Flash… the list goes on.
Q. Who or what inspired you to start working with fuse beads? A. Pappa’s Parlor on Instagram. He inspired me to create as much pixel art/sprites as possible and perfect my ironing style.
Q. What other artists have been inspirational to you in your work? A. Aaron Draplin (vector and logo design), Seblester (hand lettering), Sweyda (illustration), and more. There are too many to list, but I follow them on Instagram. 🙂
Q. Of all the projects you’ve created, which one is your favorite? A. It’s hard to choose because I enjoy all the projects I create very much. I have a soft spot for my original TMNT arcade sprites on painted canvas. It was one of the first series that I completed and still one of the biggest pieces I’ve done so far when it comes to fuse beads. As for stickers, I really enjoy the holographic stickers, regardless of design. And with our enamel pins on the way, I’m probably most excited for our Bong Bro and Dab Dude characters.