We had the good fortune of connecting with Steven Bush and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Steven, what do you want your legacy to be?
I would love to create something that is iconic. Perhaps not in the traditional sense like a globally but more so what everyone knows me for. That character that is versatile and can be fitted into any setting. A figure or aesthetic people want to merge with their brand. During my working career I would like to be remembered for the creation direction of something. To be able to build a world of my own for a console game, or cartoon series. Also I hope my pins and buttons find their way to a Vintage store in a distant future where someone still thinks they’re “cool”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I try to make images that are both recognizably Alien and Human at the same time. So it is obvious that’s a slice of pie, and also obvious its from beyond our universe. The artworks content doesn’t hide or express any hidden theme or emotion, rather I wish to “Buckle you in for a informative guided tour”. No, being a creative and trying to use it as a means of income is not easy. You really do get back what you put in. Working full time along side freelance means time off is time you spend creating. I definitely don’t live solely off my art. After moving to Denver from Milwaukee I quickly had an increased workload to supplement my job, school or outside galleries and events. Those years revealed how productive I could be. My content output has an Ebb and Flow but I always keep making artwork now. At times painful, At times rewarding. I always do it though, its almost subconscious.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
When friends or family visit, I tend to restaurant binge. For breakfast fare, I recommended Sassafras Southern Eatery, Highlands location. Bed and Breakfast style atmosphere, like a grandparents house feel. Food is incredible and patio seating when its warm is the best. Bonfire Burrito in Golden is also excellent if you want to grab and go. If you cant procure a delicious hot chicken strip in this city your not trying. Budlong’s, Kickin Chicken, Post Brewery to name a few. We usually cruise down Larimer street and that area for drinks. Lots or good late night food and cocktails lounges. Grab yourself a parking spot and walk around if it’s nice. Little galleries, shops and street art is Abundant.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I will need to drop my first Shout Out to my Grandmother who clearly gave me my artistic genes. She was an amazing painter and quilter. Second, my artistic peers, some whom I have known for most my life. The musicians, Illustrators and Models in my friend circle. I’d like to also thank 90’s cartoons for heavily influencing my drawing style. Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network shows were my main reference and inspiration for creatures and narratives.