Kalamadoodle Characters is a monthly-ish series that introduces an attendee to the greater Kalamazoo community. Through these quick, bullet-point style interviews, we hope that you can learn more about your neighbors, find a common interest, and be encouraged to meet a new friend at one of our events.
Meet Paul Sizer
Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Paul has spent years perfecting his many talents, and has become an important piece of our creative community.
There's a good chance you've seen his work. As the owner of Sizer Design and Illustration, he's created various branding and graphics for Kalamazoo College, Gonzo's Bigg Dogg Brewing, the Kalamazoo Wings, Zazio's and many more.
But getting to this point has been a life-long adventure. At the age of five, he started copying the illustrations found in comic books, and as his techniques improved, he had the desire to create his own characters and storytelling. Fast forward to today, and you'll find that Paul has self-published four of his own graphic novels.
“I’ve also tried to be adventurous, by trying out stuff that I’m not used to doing. It keeps me learning.”
- After earning his degree in Graphic Design from Western Michigan University, Paul later returned to teach at his Alma Mater part time. With his diverse set of skills and entrepreneurial experience, he can not only teach students how to design, but how to understand the business side of the industry, offering a well-round educational experience.
“You constantly need to challenge yourself and put yourself into situations that make you a little bit afraid because that keeps you on your toes. I’ve seen a lot of times where complacency is the biggest enemy of creativity.” [...] "As long as you find ways to invent situations for yourself and be open to things that might fall into your lap or opportunities that present themselves, and then also be brave enough to try the stuff you're not good at, that will keep you interesting longer.”
- And did we mention Paul is also a deejay in his spare time? He has provided the tunes for small parties, the Kalamazoo Derby Darlings and even Kalamazoo Pride festival last year, all as a way to continue exploring and connecting creatively.
“What I like about this (Kalamadoodle) is the idea of having a common ground where people from different disciplines can get together and informally monkey around with stuff and take part in the social aspect of art.”
- In addition to creating some great illustrations at our events, Paul also understands and appreciates the bigger impact Kalamadoodle can play in the role of an artist.
“I like the fact the Kalamadoodle has that aspect of socializing because I think art can be really solitary.”
"As integrated as I am in the art community, I still have plenty of blind spots where I’ll see someone drawing something and I’ll be like, 'where the hell is this person working?' because they are doing great stuff and I’ve never heard of them before. I like the idea that this kind of forces artists to crisscross where they wouldn’t normally crisscross.”
Thank you for sharing, Paul! We appreciate your support and hope to see you at our next event, Wednesday, January 18th at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts for Kalamazoo Beer Week 2017!