The Art Of Ryan Barry - @9Monkeys March 24 2018, 0 Comments


(Space Station by @9monkeys)

Recently we asked our community of followers to hit us up with the names of artists that they thought we should know about.


Thanks specifically to @aplaceofsalt - ❤️❤️❤️ we found out about @9monkeys. Giving back we thought we’d share some of his work here.



We caught up with @9monkeys a few weeks ago to pick his brain about his work - Peep!

TMM:
So where are you from Ryan?



9M:
I'm from Berkeley California.

TMM:
Random question; what’s your favorite color?



9M:
I don't really have a favorite color but I really like high contrast, really dark, with really light. WATCH BLADERUNNER 2049!



TMM:
Nice, we'll have to check it out! Wifey is a big fan of Ryan Gosling's work (and face) haha.

Btw, what are you listening to right now - what’s on heavy rotation on your streaming music set?



9M:
I try to listen to everything because music has a strong impact on me. I'm always listening to metal music though, Finsterforst, Equilibrium, Finntroll, and so on. But recently I've been really into the Kill Bill soundtrack. The track from the final fight in Volume 1 epic.



(@Elujay Album Cover Art by @9monkeys)

TMM:
So where do you get your inspiration from in the work you create?

9M:
Always listening to music, I create scenes in my head depending on the song.  Movies too of course, AKIRA being up there, anything from Hayao Miyasaki and most recently the amazing BLADERUNNER 2049.  Other artists, manly European and Asian, Eastern Art are my favorite.


(Album Cover Art for @illzeewill and @kamcooks by @9monkeys)

TMM:
This robot poster is so fucking dope! Was this part of a project you did for someone/commission?

9M:
The robot painting is a poster I did for artists, @illzeewill and @kamcooks. They are big fans of Japanese art and anime and were working together on a collaboration album inspired by those things. 

They wanted to be drawn as pilots of Mechs, and I thought it would be really cool if it was like a Pacific Rim thing where the two of them Pilot the Mech together. I thought it was a cool representation of their collaboration!!

TMM:
Dude so sick! It most definitely was!!


(Comic Experiment Illustration Work by @9monkeys)

TMM:
So tell us about this illustration.

9M:
This is just an experiment. I'm trying to get into drawing comics and telling stories. This page was just a quick sketch of some panels. I had a lot of fun inking!

TMM:
By the way where did the user name @9Monkeys come from?

9M:
Haha there's really nothing behind it. I spent like hours trying to figure out a way for my name work in a user name that I liked and I couldn’t get one they had all been taken. I wanted something unique but nothing was working, and for whatever reason it popped in my head.

My younger sister was a softball team called the 5 little monkeys, sponsored by a local toy store, "The 5 Little Monkeys". 9 has always been a cool number to me, such a clean sounding name Nine - 9monkeys just came out. I tested it, and it worked and I was like fuck it.

I've been asked a lot about where the name came from, I wish it had a cooler origin haha!


TMM:
Haha that’s awesome! We do really dig the name, your work, and think that the story fits well!

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Special thanks to Ryan for diving deep with us. You can follow more of his work on his IG page and sign up to our mailing list directly to hear more about future collaborations that we may have in the works with him.

We've asked him to take part in our on-going Artist Sketchbook Project. You can follow the project on our site & via the Artist Sketchbook Project's IG account.

Much love!
-TMM