What was the first pop culture art you created?
What kind of music do you listen to when you are working?
I’m all over the map with my musical tastes but I love punk rock and metal. Lately I’ve been listening to whatever Horror or film soundtrack of the movie I’m working on. I love submersing myself into the movies I’m paying tribute to.
How important are movies to you in your life?
Hugely important. Films, and particularly the art of film, such as movie posters, creature designs, special effects have been my passion and interests. Growing up, while most kids heroes were Wayne Gretsky and Ben Jordon, mine were Alice Cooper and Basil Gogos. When I was in college I discovered a video store that had just about everything I wanted to see so, I rented all the cult cinema I could. Maybe all of this will lead to actually making a film one day, but for now, I’m having a great time creating artwork for the films and music I love.
What’s was the first job you got paid for as an artist?
I worked at a commercial design firm for about 3 years creating artwork and concepts for the packaging/branding industry for a few years and I learned a lot from the other designer’s there. I was always trying to sneak in my love of monsters and movies into my concepts somehow.
Do you have a favorite piece of art?
That’s a tough question, but I really love Kris Kuksi’s insanely detailed sculptures. I would love to own one of those one day.
What’s the longest it’s taken you to finish a project?
I have this awesome habit of horribly underestimating how long something will take to finish. I’m always like, “Illustrated movie poster? No problem, got ya in two days!” Or, “Epic CD album cover? You bet…” and then it actually takes four to five days from start to finish. Then there are the moments when something more simplistic, like my Psycho print for example, where it only took me a day to do. It really depends on the level of complexity of the concept. Most working artists are usually juggling a few projects at the same time too, so it can be tough to log how long something actually takes. In a perfect world, I usually prefer a good solid 40 hours on the big stuff.
What is the one movie you have watched a thousand times that you still enjoy?
The Creature from the Black Lagoon.
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