SCHEME MAGAZINE INTERVIEW….
So i recently did an interview in a very dope online urban culture magazine called ” SCHEME.” Editor, Dale Coachman is an ill dude, who covers philly, NY and all over * SEE EDITOR’S NOTE* and has done a wonderful job representing the smaller voices in the arts all over that continue to drive this industry on a big and small scale, so, much props to Dale for reaching out and the coverage! also be sure to peep the rest of the magazine as they’ve got some amazing stuff surrounding urban culture here’s some of the interview. the rest of it is on the link below it…
“While all the rappers, artists and athletes get the fame,comic book artist/animator LeSean Thomas is somewhere at a desk under a lamp creating until his fingers cramp up. The individual the brought to life hot headed Riley from the Boondocks, Ramone from the Drama Kings, and classics like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Streetfighter. LeSean Thomas has set his table and plans to illustrate and create all over it.
Scheme: How old were you when you got turned on to art?
LeSean Thomas: I got turned onto art copying by my older brother when I was a toddler. I wanted attention and he got the most of it since he was the first born. Whenever he drew something, I’d do the same thing. He stopped as we got older and I just kept doing it.
Scheme: What were your favorite cartoons?
LeSean Thomas: Too many …Smurfs, BeetleJuice, Mighty Orbots, Turbo teen, Bionic six, Spiderman and his Amazing Friends, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Thundarr the Barbarian, Robotech, Voltron, Speed Racer, Tom and Jerry, the list can go on. Saturday mornings were crazy when I was coming up as a kid.
Scheme: Which was better the Thundercats, Voltron, or the Transformers?
LeSean Thomas: Aww damn, you picked the holy trinity of animated tv shows. I’d have to say Thundercats because it left more of a lasting impression on me as a toddler creatively.
Scheme: What type of role did your family play in your upbringing?
LeSean Thomas: A big one. I’m one of five kids. Raised by my mom and my grandma. So between learning lessons from my siblings, my grandma kept things on point when we became a hand-full for ma-dukes. Family kept me out of trouble and out of the streets and allowed me to really focus on nurturing my craft on my own.
Scheme: How long have you been drawing?
LeSean Thomas: Professionally, I’d say 10 years now.”
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