There’s one thing magical about the best way an artist can take a pencil and paper and switch it right into a masterpiece. “How did the artist create something so spectacular?”
For Travelers Rest artist Cory Godbey, it’s what impressed him to show a childhood curiosity into his life’s pursuit. Godbey’s curiosity in artwork sparked at a younger age.
“There are some early, vivid memories I have of staring at books or posters, whatever it was, while not having the vocabulary to describe the feelings still being enchanted by it,” says Godbey.
A magic trick led him to appreciate how particular artwork was. One day, his artwork instructor had a pupil stand on a desk and maintain a baseball bat. Pencil on the prepared, in just some traces, the instructor captured the velocity and depth of anyone about to hit a ball with a bat, and to Godbey, it was unforgettable.
“I wanted to understand how it was possible that a drawing could feel alive — like a lightning strike. I still remember that feeling,” he says. Years later, whereas creating illustrations with a bunch of his mates in a small studio, Godbey discovered his candy spot.
“Ultimately, what I’ve found to be invaluable as an artist is to create personal work,” Godbey says. “Every year I create a sketchbook on a theme for myself. I plan out a new series and collect all the sketches and studies that go into making that new series. Time and time again what I found is that it’s that work that attracts most of my clients.” Now, Godbey’s portfolio contains work for purchasers like Disney, Microsoft, HarperCollins, and plenty of extra.
“I wanted to understand how it was possible that a drawing could feel alive — like a lightning strike. I still remember that feeling.” – Cory Godbey
Godbey’s love of nature and animals turns into evident with every piece he creates.
“When you weave the elements of nature, animals, and humans together this is the sort of artwork you get from me,” he says.