We’ve all heard the tale of the person who goes to school for something button up like business and then turns around after graduation and goes into the arts. Geoff Pascual isn’t that person. He was into art way before he got his business degree. For him, it was the stepping stone towards actually doing something with art instead of riding the struggle bus with watercolor stained hands.
While he can do just about anything creative, watercolors are what he does most. It’s also what drew me to his booth when walking through the aisles at LA Comic Con last year. When I picked up his Pascual Productions business card, I knew I had to talk to him one day. Luckily that day came and now we get to share with you.
Kendra: You have all creativity running through you. With that, were people surprised that you went and earned a Business Degree?
Geoff Pascual: Yeah, there is always a surprised look when I mention I’m self-taught as an artist and went to business school for my degree. I enjoy it!
Kendra: It was a smart move though because now you have the background to be your own boss. Was Pascual Productions always the end goal, even before you graduated from CSU Fullerton?
Geoff Pascual: I started selling my artwork online before transferring to CSU Fullerton, while I was in community college. I knew I wanted to be my own boss in some way, which is why I chose entrepreneurship as my concentration. Throughout my college career, my passion for art grew into a job that could support me full time by the time I graduated.
Kendra: With all the artistic interests, how did you land on watercolors being your main squeeze?
Geoff Pascual: Starting out, watercolor was one of the most difficult mediums to work with. The challenge of working with watercolor and getting better at it intrigued me. I still enjoy photography, sketching, and design occasionally, but watercolor is the medium that consistently piques my interest.
Kendra: Your work deals a lot with anime and video games. Were these the forms of entertainment that initially sparked your interest in drawing?
Geoff Pascual: I have been painting and drawing since I was a kid. I drew and painted wildlife, landscapes, video game characters, celebrity portraits, and any other subject matter that caught my attention. I paint mostly anime right now because it feels most comfortable to me. Especially classic anime like Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo.
Kendra: Will tattooing and photography be aspects you indulge in more as the years go by?
Geoff Pascual: I bootstrapped a small tattoo business in high school after all my peers turned 18 and everybody wanted to get tattooed. I had around 80 clients from referrals and friends by the time I decided tattooing wasn’t for me. Tattooing still fascinates me. I follow a few talented tattoo artists on social media, but I probably won’t be picking it up again anytime soon. I enjoy photography – especially when I am traveling and visiting new cities. It’s great to capture moments to look back to and to inspire me again later when I work on my next painting.
Kendra: With an appreciation for watches, if you could do a watercolor ad for a watch brand – which would it be and why?
Geoff Pascual: I’d choose Movado. Their watches have a nice simplicity that I like. Their style is like a blank canvas I can see my paintings working with smoothly. If I were to do an ad for a specific watch, I think the Rolex Submariner would be fun. There’s that common theme between the timepiece and my medium involves water.
Kendra: What is going on for you and Pascual Productions in 2019?
Geoff Pascual: This past 2018 was one of my busiest ever. Moving to a new studio, getting married, and traveling across the country to showcase my work, I had very little time to be creative and work on new pieces. This year I plan to put out a lot more artwork and possibly hold a small gallery show by next fall.