Artist Spotlight: Alex Persak

Interview by Yising Kao 3/9/19

Meet Alex Persak, an amazing graphic designer based in Sydney, Australia!

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Twitter: @sicksaddelano


What inspired you to start creating art?

When I was 12, my friend was gifted Adobe Photoshop and we spent that first afternoon making terrible edits and I instantly loved it. Growing up, I spent a lot of time on the internet and as social media started to develop, I started to expand my interest and develop my skills as a designer. Now, design is a strong passion of mine and it allows me to combine my love for music and pop culture.

What are some of your goals?

I’ve wanted to make merch before I even knew that was a viable job option. As music is what started this passion, it only makes sense to combine the two and so to me, I’d ideally love to be a full-time graphic designer, creating merch for musicians to help celebrate and promote their art. I have my bachelor’s degree already so I’m on my way to making that happen! A short-term goal would be to create merch for my three favorite musicians; Adore Delano, The Maine, and Waterparks.

How do you explore new ways to make your artwork unique?

I’m always looking for inspiration everywhere I go. I collect scraps, take photos, and take note of everything I stumble across that I find interesting. Inspiration can come from the most mundane of places. I also consume media from as many different genres as I can to keep my pool of references vast and versatile. Ultimately, I keep my eyes open and take in the world around me because my voice and vision are unique to me and my experiences.


CRYBABY is an illustration of Awsten Knight from Waterparks as part of my personal Killjoy AU. The line art and base coloring was done in Adobe Illustrator, with the final touches being done in Adobe Photoshop. I wanted to include some subtle references to Waterparks themselves and I did this by including the yellow from Double Dare, Awsten’s tooth bat, and the nod to their song “Crybaby.” This piece took a day to make from concept to execution and overall, I’m proud of how it turned out.


POET is an illustration of Patty Walters from As It Is. The inspiration for this piece was the character of The Poet from As It Is’ 2018 album The Great Depression. I wanted to convey this character as a “savior” of sort, and I thought that concept lent itself well to religious imagery. I wanted to follow the color scheme for the albums artwork and only use red, teal, white, and black as I felt like this would make it recognizable and have a visual impact.