By Erin Corrigan
From sleep deprived doodling, to articulate drawings woven into graphic design. Nicholas Raffel, currently situated in East Quogue Long Island, is not your ordinary artist. Nicholas initialized his hobby for drawing directly out of high school, while also attempting to narrow down some sort of career goal. Among the time Nicholas spent with his pen to paper, an overwhelming sense of peace and solitude began to take hold of him. This exercise within escapism began to play a significant role in his life, as well as his art work. Nicholas himself claims that, “this notion of introspection has continued to be the real underpinning of all my work.” This, claiming to have started as nothing more than a therapeutic, release from the tight grip of insomnia, as well as a busy mind.
Nicholas is someone who draws inspiration from non-visual things, for example the melody projecting from a favorite record or even the sound of something being read aloud. He believes his past, having touched base with being a musician, also adds an element of reasoning behind notions on motivation. Aside from auditory stimulus, Nicholas likes to keep a close eye on comic strips. He even claims to be particularly drawn to Peanuts comics. Nicholas quotes, “Obviously my stuff is a bit more ‘out there’ than Charlie Brown, but I try to make sure that there’s a sort of youthful naiveté that comes through.”
Although Nicholas himself has finally discovered his calling for the study of graphic design, he says that he is still trying to locate and assemble the missing puzzle pieces. In order to pursue a career in the name of art, you must be willing to try new things and experiment. Nicholas says that when he first followed this desire to draw, he was doing a whole lot of painting. Once he proceeded through his painting spell, he realized it was simply not for him, and that the work he was producing what just not up to par with what he believed to be acceptable. Now, although Nicholas found no sanctuary in the art of painting, he truly believes that it was beneficial to the way in which he draws today.
You can view more of Nicholas Raffel’s funky, eye-tripping drawings at SPARKBOOM™’s “ArtSpace Unplugged” event Saturday August 9th from 6-10PM located on 20 Terry Street in Patchogue. With this occasion featuring over 40 different artists, four live musical acts, free Craft Beer courtesy of Saint James Brewery and a selection of tasty treats thanks to Mia’s River Avenue Deli… It sort of makes it impossible for you not to come. So RSVP here via FB and I promise you won’t regret it! If you simply cannot wait until then, check Nicholas’ stuff out here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Erin Corrigan is an aspiring writer with an open mind. She believes that music, art and poetry are the essential nutrients for every soul. Giving a voice to the budding faces of the literary and fine arts community is what she’s here to accomplish!