About: Ryan Jack Allred - Artist, Designer, Writer
Visit a Seattle coffee shop on any weekend and you'll likely see at least one person intensely focused on a sketchbook. It's possible that person may be me. One of my favorite things to do is load up the ol' backpack with art supplies and enjoy a caffinated beverage while rendering my latest ideas.
Traditionally my prefered mediums have been graphite and ink, though more and more I'm working with watercolor, acrylics and anything else that strikes my fancy. My influences are artists like Jack Kirby, Bernie Wrightson, Alphonze Mucha, Aubrey Beardsley, Jaime Hernandez and Mike Mignola. I love all the greats that helped pave the way for modern book and comic illustrators.
When it comes to subject matter, it's a bit more difficult to describe my work. My main focus has been science fiction, mythology, surrealism and fantasy, however my interests are ever-changing. My artwork often reflects whatever I'm reading, listening to, or curious about at any given time. For example, science, nature, the human form and even the occasional abstract are fair game.
Beyond my own work, I have a passion for supporting independent and underground artists. When I moved to Seattle in 2001 from Las Vegas, I was amazed at how much the city supported artists and how many opportunities there were. Not only was there a plethera of art walks and art showings, but nearly every restarant or coffee house had artwork for sale! It was such an inspiration to see artists sharing their work. Throughout the city are installations I like to call "random acts of art", from street graphiti to sculptures in peoples yards or wheatpaste posters thrown up throughout the city. I try my best to adhear to the D.I.Y. culture of Seattle's art community and to support others working to create their vision.
My hope with this website is you find enjoyment and inspiration from my work, or at least something that makes you think or reconsider the world around you. Feel free to contact me with any questions or thoughts, and if you see me in coffee shop, feel free to say hello and see what I'm working on.