|Artist Zen Castillo in his Milwaukee studio|
For THE THREE LITTLE PIGS project I worked towards a more youthful, vibrant and energetic style while creating the background scenes for this play. Also drawing positive influence and inspiration from my hometown of Milwaukee.
FS: How is working on this project the same or different than others?
ZC: This project is familiar to me in the way it incorporates a traditional graffiti style that is legible and can be recognized by most viewers. It is different in such by painting the character's individual names in different styles and colors. This makes for an interesting and individualistic identity for each character.
FS: Can you share a little more about the graffiti battles, the blog and how it impacts the community?
ZC: Visual Warfare is a locally based graffiti competition held at the Emphcon studio. I sponsor and host local artists to go head to head in a friendly and positive graffiti competition. These battles inspire, motivate, and give the graffiti community a safe platform and outlet to showcase their talent. The battles are captured by video and are open for the public to vote for the victor on the emphcon blog site.
FS: When did you come into your current studio space, and how has it impacted your work?
ZC: I have been at my current studio space for over two years now. This is an amazing and inspiring place to create my art and also host the Visual Warfare battles. I plan on hosting more battles and gallery events in the near future!
First Stage's First Steps production of THE THREE LITTLE PIGS will be performed November 1-23, 2014 at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center.