129 - Illustrating, Hip-hop and professional wrestling with Nic Gregory

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I’m your host Tucker and this week is an interview with illustrator and professional wrestling champion Nic Gregory. 

Nic is currently working with Disney publishing as an illustrator on a version of Sleeping Beauty. But before that he had his original hip-hop songs in rotation on Australian radio and toured as a professional wrestler and won two championship belts for his efforts. 

We talk about how his personal pursuit for self-development lead to his current gig as an illustrator. The power of personal projects and how he and his wife work together on creative endeavours.

In the links section of the episode description (either at the show notes page at TheSparkAndTheArt.com/129 or the long description in your podcast player) you’ll find a link to Nic’s highlight reel of him in the ring and another of him doing an illustration over a short story. I think this is a pretty interesting range of skills and interests and I’m curious where he heads next. 

In the episode Nic challenges me to come up with my Wrestler name and I’d forgotten about it until I started editing this episode so hang out till the end and you can hear what I chose as my wrestling persona.  

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And now for my wrestling character. 

My name would be Marv Poppins and I’d be out to make all the other wrestlers behave properly. 

My signature move would be “A Spoonful of sugar” which would be climbing to the top turnbuckle and opening an umbrella. Then while holding the umbrella above my head I’d fall sideways onto my prone opponent and drop an elbow with my free arm. 

"This is Wild Dan backstage at UltraViolence 23 and I’m here with Marv Poppins. Marv, do you think you’ll be able to take the championship belt from Nic XL tonight?" 


"Well, Stan"


"Yeah, I have not doubt I’d be taking the belt home tonight. That rowdy Nic XL (can’t help but giggle when I say that name) Nic needs a stern talking too and some discipline to get him back in line. I’ll have him behaving properly in no time all it’ll take is a Spoonful Of Sugar."

"Do you have anything to say to Nic before you head out? "

"I do, Van." 

"Dan. "

"Nic. It’s nap time."


Thanks for listening and remember: you won’t get the art without the work and you won’t do the work without the spark. 


- Links for this episode -

Nic Gregory - http://nic-gregory.squarespace.com/

Nic Gregory twitter - https://twitter.com/nic_xl

CTN Convention - http://www.ctnanimationexpo.com/

Plein Air art - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/En_plein_air

Fantasia (Disney) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantasia_(1940_film)

Oatley Academy - http://oatleyacademy.com/

Minx Wrestling Highlights - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA4J0JWC6I0

Nic XL Wrestling Highlights - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZLKe-JFLIA

Nic doing art - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASf7fgVor5w

Stefan Franck - http://dark-planet-comics.com/