A few weeks ago, I sat down with Gentry, aka @_GPack on Instagram, to catch up and talk about what genius creations he has cooking. If you don’t know by now, Gentry is one of UMD’s most talented artists. If you don't believe me, his work speaks for itself. He’s a very quiet and is kept to himself, but his art speaks volumes.
I asked him a few questions regarding his work because ya know, I’m trying to get the keys. Let’s see what wisdom he has imparted on me:
“So what’s your process like?”
“Honestly, I don’t like painting around people. A lot of times when I’m painting… music is a big part of it. When I have a painting in mind, I’m typically listening to the same 3 or 4 songs.”
“Let’s say I’m in a bad mood… The songs that I listen to that day are basically going to be like the soundtrack to what I’m working on. There’s not a particular artist, but when I have a painting in mind, it’s like a scene from a movie.
I like working late at night. I start at like 8 at night and work til a 9, like a 9-5 but backwards. And most of the time when I’m painting, I’m not in a good mood.”
“I feel that. When I draw, I feel like I have to draw. Like I need to.”
“Facts. And then after that you feel so much better. And that’s how you know. When I put out a lot of stuff, that’s how you know life is not going too well. It kind of solves your problems.”
“Where do you envision your art taking you? Career-wise."
“Honestly. I used to have projections… like I’m gonna work for Complex and do so and so, but you really never know what’s gonna happen… So I think honestly, where will it take me?
I think I’m gonna keep working, and then someone’s gonna see it. And when that person I can really connect with, and work with is when I see things happening. Whether that’s a clothing brand, shoe brand, record label, musician.
Right now, I’m just trying to work. And if anyone needs some cool shit, I’ll be over here waving. *lols* I think that’s what will make or break my career. But I’m honestly not too worried."
After the interview, we were rappin' about our futures and projects we want to accomplish. The moral of the story is, now is the time to grind. Everyone wants the fame and glory without working for it. Don't worry about the reward at the end, just work as hard as you can to get to where you want to be. It was great catching up with Gentry and seeing how his mind works during his creative process, and I'm looking forward to working with him in the future. Be sure to be on the look out for his new pieces!
All art created by Gentry and can be seen on Instagram and his website cargocollective.com/gpack