This week’s dose of inspiration was brought to my attention courtesy of my good friend, Paul Parolin. I’m excited to share with everyone this amazingly talented illustrator, meet Christopher Lee. A couple weeks ago, Paul had shared the work of this talented soul with me and after savouring every inch of his work online, I knew I just had to get a peek into his brain. Warning, this person is highly inspirational.

I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

C: Coloring and doodling inside those Golden Activity Books. I had them all as a kid from GoBots to Thundercats to Silverhawks.

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

C: When I was growing up I wanted to be a Marine biologist. Back then I thought that meant I would get to go the aquarium all the time…professionally. I don’t know know if that’s what Marine biologists do these days, but if they do, I might have to rethink my current career.

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

C: I’m a huge action figure/toy geek. When I find down time in between jobs or if I’m waiting for feedback from a client I always end up wanting to draw my favorite pop culture heroes. Other things that inspire my everyday are mid-century modern design, amazing animation artists like Steve Lambe and Chris Battle, my awesome girlfriend and her never-ending wit, nostalgia, and all the ultra talented people I have had a chance to work with during my career in motion graphics.

I: Share any of piece your work, recent or old and talk about it.

C: I love the movie Aliens. It’s probably my third most watched movie of all time outside of the Star Wars original trilogy. I read all of the Dark Horse comics, collected all the figures from the 90’s Kenner toy line, and even played a version of Aliens during recess at school with my friends. I first saw the movie when I was in 5th grade but looking back, it was probably too intense for my 11 year old self.
I remember how sweaty my palms got the first time I saw all the colonists cocooned on the walls of
the atmosphere processor haha.

To commemorate my fandom, I just finished this 12”x12” piece about a week ago to pay tribute to
the “ultimate badasses” of the universe, the USCM, or United States Colonial Marines. Personally, they made the movie for me. Growing up I was a typical boy who enjoyed pretty much anything that was armed to the teeth. Drake and Vasquez with their huge steady arm mounted Smart Guns kind of sealed the deal for me. The print will be limited to 95 pieces (95 was the amount of ammo a full magazine carried on the iconic Pulse rifle).

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.




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Hi, I'm Ibraheem Youssef
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