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Artist of the Week: Philip Mack

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? Do you work with other mediums?
I learned I could draw January 15, 2015 after a dispute with my tattoo artist. He insisted I came back the following day with a fixed drawing of the problem I had. A couple hours on YouTube and it was like a light switch flipped and my goals in life suddenly changed.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
My artistic process has changed a lot. In the beginning I drew from other peoples drawings so I could see how they used their light source. As I got better I began to draw from photos, and now I incorporate photos into my own ideas. The passion is the same but the pencils have gotten a lot more expensive.

Do you have a specific “beat” you like best – nature, food, profiles etc?
My "Beat" is large faces. There is something about a large face from across the room "If drawn right" that takes your attention.

Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
The piece that means the most to me is the Amish scene. I had only been able to draw faces. Four months in to drawing, my biggest support, my dad, asked for me to draw him something. I said sure, what face would you like? He smiled and began to describe this Amish scene in his head. I couldn't say no, so I tried it.. It is my favorite because if it wasn't for my dad pushing my fears, I would still only be drawing faces today.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
The experiences that have effected my life the most are learning to face my fears rather than maneuver around them. There is no blue print on how to make a living as a pencil artist. It is trial and error. I find the quicker I choose to run towards my fears the quicker I find solutions. All of my artwork can be found on my website or my Facebook page, Drawn to Draw.

What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
Something I'm really looking forward to is the Arts for Alzheimers charity event on March 10 from 1p-6p. There will be six local artists, a live duet acoustic band and a silent auction. Proceeds benefiting Alzheimer's association. We have already raised $150 just from donations. Click here to check out the Facebook event!

Lastly, how do you take your coffee?
I take my coffee with coconut creamer and usually a walk with my boxer Moses.