We are excited to debut a new mini series of collaborations between global artists and Recess. This month, we partnered with local artist, Will Bryant, to create 150 limited edition paddle sets. To say we are obsessed is an understatement!
Meet the Artist
Will Bryant is an artist, designer, and illustrator based in Austin. His work is exuberant, fun, and often times humorous. We were lucky enough to sit down with Will at his studio and learn more about his creative process.
Tell us about yourself. How did you become a full time artist?
Mostly by accident, I just never got a real job. I started pursuing freelance illustration projects during undergrad and that gradually snowballed into career over the years. This wasn't really by accident, but by many hours of work, lucky breaks, being kind and malleable it evolved into a steady career. I'm very fortunate and grateful for the opportunities that have connected me good humans that have supported my work and family over the past 13 years.
What inspires your artwork?
My kids, nature, cycling, basketball, Austin community, Pee Wee's Playhouse, bowling alley carpets, really anything can be a source of inspiration.
What inspired the artwork for the Recess x Will Bryant pickleball paddles?
We decided that it with recurring forms find throughout my work, so it feels familiar and recognizable but in a new arrangement. Between the two paddles I wanted them to be connected by a consistent color palette but have a subtle shift in scale.
What is your favorite medium?
I work the most with acrylic paint.
What other artists inspire you?
There are so many to share, but I'll name a few that come to me quickly: Nina Chanel Abney, Paul Kremer, Sophie Treppendalh, Trudy Benson, and Bradley Kerl...
What is your current favorite color?
Sherwin Williams – Charisma, I just spilled in the backseat of my truck.
How do you overcome a creative block?
Exercise has become crucial to my process. But also, snacks and beverages and putting my phone in a drawer are also helpful.