Artist Interview, Boogie Bot Monthly, Graffiti Interview, Kr one, Louie Gasparro

Artist Interview: KR. One

 KR. ONE
BBM: How’s life treating ya?
I can’t complain, really. Besides some aches and pains, I’m good.
BBM: What was your first major experience with art and how did you know it was for you?
I would consider my childhood. Drawing and painting for as long as I can remember and hearing other children and teachers calling me and referring to me as an artist. When I was a kid I always thought of people like Salvador Dali as an artist. Y’know, like a really eccentric looking individual with a cap and moustache. So, my reaction was like, hmmn, interesting. People think I’m like that guy. Lol
The responses and reactions to what I was doing stayed with me and the joy I felt in the creative processes of art and music. It was a no brainer, really. I was for it and it for me.
I loved art so much that I still do it with the same eagerness I had as a child, if not more so.
BBM: Give our readers a little history about yourself:
I am a native New Yorker born in Harlem, raised in Astoria, Queens.
I come from a huge Italian family of 12 siblings. I started writing graffiti at the age of 11 in 1977 and was part of the NYC Subway graffiti movement till 1983 when I became serious about music.
Having since made music with  and travelled the world with legendary NYC  bands like Murphy’s Law, Lords Of Brooklyn and various Heavy Metal projects all the while doing “legal” graffiti art including a bunch of successful group and solo art shows.
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Artist Interview, interview, Model Interview, Suzi Rubbish

Suzi Rubbish

Suzi Rubbish by Obscuri 
Photo: Obscuri
Special FX makeup: Derek Mick

Suzi Rubbish is a model and artist from San Antonio, Tx. You can get lost in her images they are created beautifully with elaborate backgrounds and stunning expressions. She is all the face of Gore Noir and San Antonio’s own Creeping Beauty Inc. Best of all she is the first model to be featured on Boogie Bot Monthly :]!! Something tells me 2013 is going to be a very busy year for this bombshell. I had the opportunity to interview Suzi and here’s the woman herself…

BBM: How’s life treating ya?
Life couldn’t be better, thanks!

BBM: What was your first major experience with modeling and how did you know it was for you?

One of my friends sold vintage lingerie and asked if I’d pose in a few pieces so she could list them in her Ebay store. I had never done anything like that before, but had always wanted to model so I agreed to do it. She was already an accomplished model, so she coached me on how to pose to best show off the clothes and we basically goofed off for a couple of hours! It was kind of a jumping off point for both of us, she was just starting her career behind the camera and I was startingmine in front of it. I’m honored that I was one of the first people she ever shot. Now she’s one of the most sought after alternative photographers in the country! I got to shoot with her for the first time in years this summer, let’s just say we’ve both come a long way!

BBM: Give our readers a little history about you:

In middle school and high school I excelled in vocal performance and dreamed of being an opera singer. I also competed in Arabian horse shows and went on to win many Regional and National titles as a youth competitor. Once I got to college extenuating circumstances forced me to give up both of my passions. I was beyond devastated. There was a huge void in my life after losing the things that I’d worked so hard for and loved for so long. I had always been interested in modeling, but never really had the time between work, school, singing, and horseback riding. With my new found free time I decided to make modeling my new passion! I’m not tall enough for conventional modeling and by that time already had too many visible tattoos, so I looked into the alternative modeling community and fell in love with the artistic nature of alternative modeling.

SuziRubbish reflection by Vanessa Velazquez
Photo: Vanessa Velazquez
MUA: Creeping Beauty Inc.

BBM: One reason you’re a model?
I love to create art!

BBM: What are some of the companies you model for?

I have had the honor of modeling for some amazing local clothing designers; Jupiter Moon 3, Mikailee Alton, Aaron Garcia, and Anthony Alvarado. I’ve also modeled hair accessories and jewelry for Crypt Keeper Creations, Creeping Beauty Inc., Kitten Vixen Fashion Boutique, Pure Luck Designs, and The Kat’s Meow. I’ve participated in runway fashion shows in SA Fashion Week, Paul Mitchell hair shows, and makeup shows including RAW Artists SA events. I am currently the Official Face of Creeping Beauty Inc. as well as the Official Face of Gore noir Magazine after recently winning the title of Miss Gore Noir 2013.


SuziRubbish Misfit by Ty A. Gomez (San Antonio,TX)
Photo: Ty A. Gomez


BBM: What are some positive and negative things about being a model?
The positive aspects of modeling far outweigh the negatives in my eyes. I’ve been blessed with some great experiences overall! Like most models I have had a few negatives, I’ve shot with some creeps with cameras and gotten occasional hate mail from jerks with too much time on their hands. The best thing about modeling by far is getting all gussied up! When I was a child my Gran and I would play beauty shop together all the time! We’d do each others hair and makeup and wear her fancy dresses and high heels around the house! It was one of my favorite things to do, and I’m lucky enough to still get to do it all the time as an adult! I love the whole process of getting primped for a shoot. It’s amazing to see the art that can be made when you get the right team of people involved in the creative process. There have been times when I sit down in the makeup chair feeling frumpy and homely, but by the time I see the finished look I’ve been completely transformed. You can’t beat that feeling!


BBM: What would be your dream modeling gig?
Wow, that’s a tough one! I’d really love to start tattoo modeling! It would be a dream come true to be a featured model in Inked Magazine some day. I still have a ton of tattoo work I want to get done before I branch out into serious tattoo modeling though.

BBM: Funniest/ most memorable career moment?
SuziRubbish, AustinValentine 

SidandNancy  by Redrum Collaboration

Photo: Redrum Collaboration
MUA/Hair: The Vanity Makeup Studio
Corset: Jupiter Moon 3
Male Model: Austin Valentine
I don’t know that I’ve necessarily had a funniest moment, but I fall down or come really close to it at nearly every shoot I do! I am the least graceful person on the face of the planet, so shoots are always fun with me! That said I’ve never fallen at a live event, appearance, or runway show! Hopefully I didn’t just jinx myself! I think the most memorable so far is a tie, this year I became the Official Face of two companies, Creeping Beauty Inc. and Gore Noir magazine! Truly exciting stuff!!!
BBM: What’s currently in heavy rotation in your ipod?
I’m a huge fan of punk music, particularly older punk. I’ve been addicted to my “Punky Bruiser” playlist for months. It’s got some great stuff on it; The Vandals, Propagandhi, Anti-flag, Operation Ivy, Rancid, Goldfinger, Against All Authority, Dead Kennedys, AFI, The Misfits, The Casualties, The Ramones, Less than Jake, Alkaline Trio, NOFX, Against Me!, Black Flag, Dead To Me, Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards, The Distillers, Bad Religion, Lagwagon… there have to be about 100 bands on that playlist, but those are some of my favorites. Oh! And Periphery, the odd men out since they’re totally not punk, but they’re so phenomenal that they make it onto EVERY playlist I create.
SuziRubbish by Redrum Collaboration
Photo: Redrum Collaboration
MUA/Hair: The Vanity Makeup Studio
Dress: Mikailee Alton
Corset: Jupiter Moon 3
Head Piece: Crypt Keeper Creations

BBM: A fact a fan many not know about you?
SuziRubbish Eating Darbi 
by Vanessa Valazquez
Photo: Vanessa Velazquez
MUA for both models: Creeping Beauty Inc.
Dress: Mikailee Alton
Female Model: Darbi
Tablescape/setting: Creep This Collaboration
I am addicted to shoes! I absolutely love them! I buy new shoes all the time and am convinced they will
eventually lead to me being poor, perhaps even homeless. The funny thing is that I have an irrational fear of feet! I know it’s ridiculous, but I’m truly terrified of them. My friends are all extremely amused by this fun little fact, and love to mess with me.

BBM: Besides modeling what are some of your other passions?
First and foremost my family, I am so blessed to have a beautiful daughter and supportive husband. I love to sing and would one day like to front a band! I enjoy making clothing and also upcycling/customizing existing pieces of my wardrobe. I paint in my spare time and have been working on a serial killer series of paintings for several months. I love Halloween and have had a lifelong passion for all things dark, spooky, and horror related! I have a killer Living Dead Doll collection.
BBM: What’s a long term career goal?
My only goal is to keep learning about my craft and to continue to grow as an artist! I actually consider modeling more of a life experience than a career. I don’t want to be a famous super model or anything. I really just want to be able to look back when I’m old and wrinkly and say that I did something for the sheer love of it!
BBM: First concert you ever went to?

SuziRubbish JM3 Corset by Raven Red
Photo: Raven Red
Corset: Jupiter Moon 3
MUA: Christine Eakin
My first concert was New Kids on the Block when I was a little kid. I was so young that I hardly remember it, so I guess it really doesn’t count. When I was 15 I got to see the Toadies at Sneakers! One of my friends had an older brother whose band was opening for them that night and he got us in. Looking back I’m amazed that we didn’t get kicked out! We were so young, didn’t even have fake IDs, and it was our first time in a bar. We must have stuck out like sore thumbs!
BBM: What was the last good movie you saw?

I’m a huge fan of Tim Burton! I love everything he does! I got to see Frankenweenie 3D a few months ago and it was totally amazing, it even made me cry!

BBM: What’s coming up for you in the future?
SuziRubbish by Raven Red 
Photo: Raven Red
I’m currently working on some really exciting things for the New Year! I can’t spoil any surprises by going overboard with details, but I will be collaborating with some truly badass designers and photographers! Also, expect to see me popping up in many more publications including; magazine features, magazine covers, calendars, and even a book or two!!!

BBM: Where can fans find out the latest news?

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SuziRubbishInkfreakz: https://inkfreakz.com/users/suzi-rubbishModel Mayhem: http://www.modelmayhem.com/1095724Tumblr: Suzirubbish.tumblr.com

BBM: Any last words anything you want to add?

I just want to thank your followers for taking the time to read this and get to know me! I’d also like to thank my fans for all of their continued support!
SuziRubbish by Vipanius (San Antonio,TX)
Photo: Vipsanius Photography
Corset: Jupiter Moon 3
Styling: Jessie Page Ramirez

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Artist Interview, Guise, interview

Artist: Giuse

Giuse is an illustrator based out of the Netherlands. When you look at Giuses work you cant help but smile. Seeing an Eagle do a 360 flip or a Fox doing an impossible never gets old :]! He captures his childlike spirit and deep thought in his illustrations. Each animal shows great character and human features. Hes also working on a childrens book which I cant wait to see!! Stay posted on his site as we eagerly anticipate the future of Giuse. I had a chance to talk with Giuse and heres the man himself

BBM: Hows life treating ya?
Yeah, well you know. Sounding all serious and stuff.

BBM: What was your first major experience with art and how did you know it was for you?
My dad for sure. He would be drawing fruits in this small notebook. Being all Italian about art. I knew it was for me the moment my brother said he was better then me in drawing. Haha, we were just kids. Me being eight my brother three years older then me. I don’t really remember but my father always brings this up when he tells people what I do.

BBM: Your art brings me pure joy. Seeing an eagle skateboarding! What more can you ask for?
Thanks. Well skateboarding is pretty fun. Been doing that more then 14 years now.

BBM: Why did you choose animals?
I like to combine our modern society with animals in a somewhat surrealistic way. Not necessarily making a statement about extinction or animal cruelty. It is just for you to feel the relationship between them and us.

BBM: Well we all have an animal we can relate to.
Exactly, I can relate too many. I think my favorite animal is the bear. I mean like I said, I like many.  Especially forest animals like wolfs, foxes, wildcats, bears etc. I would love to see a bear on a board.


BBM: What are some projects youre currently working on?
Working on my own children’s books. I wish I could talk about it, that would make me happy. When one of my books is done I will though.
I’m still finding myself as an artist, but I’m starting to think that will go on forever. Good thing, maybe?

BBM: Three words that describe your art?
Handcrafted, colourful, peculiarly juicy.

One reason why you create art?
To out best my brother in drawing. Kidding! Nah, it’s just me. I will die if I didn’t.

BBM: Funniest/ most memorable carrier moment?
Most memorable was studying abroad in Boston (AIB).  I learned some traditional animation and to love and hate America. And the fact that my work goes overseas is pretty awesome.

Funniest moment, maybe the few request I got from people wanting my work as tattoo. That is so crazy that people want to carry my images on there body for ever. It’s mind blowing.

BBM: Where do you find the inspiration in life?
I try a lot of things. Last night I tried jumping on the bed, but I didn’t work the way it used to. But I fuel myself with almost anything, other peoples art, animations, music, nature, skating. And I have the most hilarious, crazy, talented friends whom I work with, Super Bueno, only we don’t do as much as we used to.

BBM: A fact a fan may not know about you?
I do dishes to make rent.

BBM: Whats currently in heavy rotation in your record player?
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

BBM: What are your hobbies?
I’m thinking on taking up ceramics. Making some pots and shit.

BBM: What are some words of wisdom you would give a youth wanting to be an artist?
Wow dude slow down. I’m still young! Thirty is the new twenty and I’m not there yet. But what I can say is: learn who you are and share that. Without sharing you will lose reality.

BBM: Whats a long term carrier goal for you?
Seeing one of my books getting published and make it or see it be made into an animated movie.

BBM: Whats coming up for you in the future?
I hope my previous answer. Also these skating animals printed on T-shirts.

BBM: Where can fans find the latest news about you?
The latest news would be on:
But my official website is http://www.giuse.nl

BBM: Any last words anything you want to add?
Well people always wonder how to pronouns Giuse and that is juicylike a drink.
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Art, Artist, Artist Interview, Cody Schibi, comic con, interview

Artist: Cody Schibi

I first met Cody Schibi at the Austin Comic con and I fell in love with his work. There’s a raw and gritty brilliance that can be found in each of his creations. Zombies, Demons, Monsters, and Rainbow throw up, what more can you ask for? Cody can end up in any industry but one thing is for sure he has a very bright future. I had a chance to talk with Cody and here’s the man himself…

BBM: How’s life treating ya?
Swell!
BBM: What would you say was your first major experience with art and how did you know it was for you?
I remember my mom drawing outlines of Frankenstein & different characters when my brothers & I were really young, then have us fill in those blank bodies with the details: face, clothes, etc… Just the enjoyment & excitement of that has stuck with me. I knew I wanted to do art at a very young age, it just took me awhile to find out how & get the motivation to actually do it.
BBM: Give our readers a little history about yourself.
I was born & raised in Harlingen, TX then moved to Austin in 1999. Worked in film doing storyboards & conceptual art for a few years before going freelance & doing what I do now. I’ve only been doing this for going on 3 years now, so I have a LOT of learning & room for growth which is exciting. That’s never ending though…
BBM: What are some current projects you’re working on?
I just finished a painting for a local show here in Austin in December, doing a live art show in January, I’ll be branching out of my comfort zone customizing some vinyl for a show in February & I’m working on an ongoing comic called BULLMOOSE written by my brother, Lance: www.BULLMOOSEtheCOMIC.com. Between all of that are freelance jobs here & there…
BBM: Influences?
A lot of things influence me from film, music to hard working, creative individuals. I LOVE horror movies(especially from the 80s) & that can be seen in my work. Artists that rule my face are Geof Darrow, Raphael Grampa, ZeroFriends, Bernie Wrightson, Crumb, Aaron Horkey…the list goes on & on, but those are the modern day masters that blow my mind.
BBM: Three words that describe your art?
Humourous & Gracefully Grotesque
BBM: What are your tools of the trade?
Predominately ink. But I use watercolors a lot & color/clean up my pieces digitally as well.
BBM: How would you say your art style has evolved since starting?
Patience has been the key for me…not the Gn’R song, though that HAS helped me. I would sometimes rush & even get bored at times with art I created simply to get as much out there as I could. I notice that a lot when looking back at older pieces & cringe. I’m becoming more selective with my jobs as well & taking more time to create the best design or illustration I can with each one. Ask me again in a year & I’m sure my answer will be completely different though!
BBM: Where do you find Inspiration in life?
Mostly from family & friends. Motivation from those close to you is a rad thing. I like to surround myself with talented, creative people that blow me away with their craft. Looking at a buddy’s painting or hearing a friend’s new song truly makes me want to create awesome things as well.
BBM: How’s the art scene in your city?
Austin is just an awesome home in general. The people here are completely open to anything creative, so it makes it easy for artists to do their thing. It’s just difficult to get noticed with so many talented people here, but I love it. The food here is a beautiful thing too!
 
BBM: Funniest/ Most Memorable career moment?
I think ARTSLAM!’s SIXTH Year Anniversary Show is up there for me. ARTSLAM! is a San Antonio live art & music show created by my good buddy Rob Perez about 7 years ago. For this specific show he flew in Alex Pardee, Skinner & Lamour Supreme to do some live painting with us.  We hung out all weekend long doing the touristy stuff, laughing hysterically & just having a blast. Events like that where it’s simply hanging out with amazing friends & doing art together ALWAYS top my list of memorable things for me.
BBM: Whats a long term career goal for you?
To be as lazy as I can yet still consistently produce quality art. Basically I want wires & mechanical arms connected to my brain that do all the work through thought while I eat Haribo Gummi Bears, watch movies & read comics. I think that’s an attainable goal…
BBM: A fact a fan may not know about you?
My karaoke version of ‘Sweet Transvestite’ is pretty stellar…
BBM: Besides art what are some of your passions?
As I stated above, I’m a HUGE fan of film. I loved working on the movies I did. Having such a large group of people all working together to make one piece of art & is amazing. I’m retardedly passionate about horror movies especially. That & music.  I played here around Austin for over 10 years; recorded some albums & meet a lot of wonderful friends. I’ve since “retired” to completely concentrate & devote my time to my art at this time, but music continues to be a giant part of my life.
BBM: What’s currently in heavy rotation in your Ipod?
When I’m at the drawing table I usually just put my music on “shuffle”. I love ALL kinds, but lately it’s been a lot of M.Ward, The Smiths, Aesop Rock, Do Make Say Think, Tool, Mastodon & a local band of kids called Residual Kid whom I just did some album art for…check these young masterminds out YO!
BBM: What are some words of wisdom you would give a youth wanting to be an artist?
The answer to this always sounds the same from everyone, but its true: KEEP DOING IT. Getting your work out there is super important. If there’s a certain direction you want to go, be selective with the jobs you take, but again, get your work SEEN. Also, go out to art shows & meet people. Shaking hands & making new friends opens up many possibilities, opportunites & good times.
BBM: Where can fans find the latest news about you and get prints?
Everything is linked up on my website www.codyschibi.com, but I post the most on Twitter: http://twitter.com/codyschibi & here’s a direct link to my online store if you wanna but some garbage: http://codyschibi.bigcartel.com
BBM: Any last words or anything you want to add?
The owls are not what they seem.


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Art, Artist, Artist Interview, Billy Reynolds, interview

Artist: Billy Reynolds

Grotesquely Beautiful… Two words I never thought I would use in the same sentence. That’s what came to mind the first time I saw Billy Reynolds art. Several themes and art styles can be found in each stoke of madness and brilliance.  Another thing I learned is one person can never have too many boobs :p! I’m excited to see what he will create and what the future holds for Billy Reynolds. I recently had a chance to talk with Billy and here’s the man himself…
BBM: How’s life treating ya? 
Life is pretty good.  


BBM: What would you say was your first major experience with art and how did you know it was for you? 
As a toddler in my crib, I took my dirty diaper and spread the diaper fillings all over the wall next to the crib.  This was not only my first piece of art, but it was also a mural, though I have not created another mural since then. This was the story that stuck with my family, repeated a thousand times as to how I made my first art piece.  If only I could remember how fun it must have been.

BBM: Give our readers a little history about yourself:

I grew up in a large desert West Texas town without much cultural influence, but I was always good at recreating images and working with any medium I worked with.  I’ve always been on the quieter side and had the ability to get  more of a reaction out of people with the images that I create instead of the words that I say.

BBM: What are some current projects you’re working on? 

For a year now, my images begin digitally, through digital photography that I take myself, and through digital imagery that I manipulate in Photoshop and on a Wacom tablet.  This is has been a great experience to start digitally, vs. starting with sculpting like I did for 8 years prior.  So i’m currently working on new ways to show my portrait with cutaway views of my insides. I work on about 2 pieces simultaneously. The Wacom tablet is an amazing thing, just like painting is, and you can spend hours on subtle nuances in Photoshop with a Wacom tablet and pen.  But I think that final unique one-of-a-kind paintings are very important, so I can’t stop at the digital image, I have to create a painting out of the digital creations.

BBM: Influences? 

I’m always in awe of Francis Bacon.  His figures are so grotesque, yet he’s so popular and so perplexing.  Any artist who has pushed the boundaries of the human figure, although the work might look perverse or grotesque, is a positive influence to me.  Art is a great and safe way to test boundaries, and figurative art that tests boundaries really gets under people’s skin in unexpected ways.

BBM: Three words that describe your art? 

Deviant.  Grotesque.  Figurative.

BBM: What are your tools off the trade? 

 iMac, Canon Rebel digital SLR, pro color printer, lots of lighting, oil paint, acrylic paint, or watercolor paint, and therefore linen, illustration board, or watercolor paper, lots of patience, and lots of time.

BBM: How would you say your art style has evolved since starting? 

One of the most rewarding components of art making is allowing oneself to evolve one’s creations. I always leave open a path for evolution to occur, and when it does, exciting and unexpected results emerge.  When you find yourself creating engaging things that you never planned on, that makes it all worthwhile.   I used to create abstract work in acrylic for almost a decade, and feeling very satisfied in doing so. Then my first serious figurative work was simplified cartoon-based. Now as you can see with my images here, the work is quite different.

BBM: Where do you find Inspiration in life? 

My art leads me to reading non-fiction about life and watching lots of documentaries on Netflix.  From this, I had the deep realization that we rotate around the earth’s axis at about 1,000 miles per hour (in the mid-upper hemisphere), and the earth revolves around the sun at a speed of about 67,000 miles per hour.  If you think about this at it’s deepest level, that’s pretty amazing.  In one hour, your body has moved 1,000 miles following the surface of the earth. Yet we don’t even feel it. That’s inspiration.

BBM: How’s the art scene in your city? 

Los Angeles is a great place for art, and it’s always growing. From the big name galleries to galleries promoting new and emerging artists, there is something for everyone.  You have to plan a lot though, since it’s a car city and the traffic will limit your ability to see everything in one day.


BBM: Funniest/ Most Memorable career moment? 
The funniest moment I think was when I was in graduate art school at the San Francisco Art Institute, and one of my first crazy paintings was of an Elmo-like head on a baby’s body and one arm was a big round breast.  This really got the attention of a lot of people, and it really upset all of the women.  I found the whole thing funny. The painting had a lot of effort in it, the guys found it hilarious and the women couldn’t handle it, and the piece sold quickly while I was still in graduate school.  Then I realized that controversy is probably a good thing.

BBM: Whats a long term career goal for you? 

To be an independent artist/entrepreneur and work for myself.

BBM: A fact a fan may not know about you? 

I’m left handed.

BBM: Besides art what are some of your passions? 

That’s about it.  After a job, art making, and going to art shows, there’s only time for enjoying friends, a drink, and rest.

BBM: Whats currently in heavy rotation in your Ipod? 

Eminem – the perfect paradigm for an artist to constantly find inspiration in themselves and reinvent him or herself.

BBM: What are some words of wisdom you would give a youth wanting to be an artist? 

Invest time in making things, not just talking about making things, and invest in getting to know people and realize people are just as important as the art you make, because people decide if they want you in shows or if they want your art on the walls of their homes.  And be realistic about the future – you might have amazing skills, but you also might need another set of practical skills to have a good day job. 


BBM: Where can fans find the latest news about you and get prints?   
www.billyreynolds.com , Twitter: @Billy_Reynolds, Tumbler:  billyreynolds

BBM: Any last words anything you want to add? 

Never stop!  I heard somewhere, and I believe this, that the biggest breakthroughs in what you are working on come just after the point at which you are willing to give up and stop.


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Art, Artist Interview, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, interview, Jason Heuser, JFK, Obama, Presidential Paintings

Artist: Jason Heuser

Jason Heuser is the hottest thing since Slice Bread. His presidential Series has blown up all over the internet and for good reason. They show so much talent and imagination. You can’t help but smile looking at these works of art. My Favorite would be his Benjamin Franklin vs. Zeus piece. One thing is for sure the Skies the limit for him. I had a chance to talk to Jason and here’s the man himself..


BBM: What was your first major experience with Art and how did you know it was for you?
I really wouldn’t say I had one thing that made me go Yup this is what I’m going to do. My earliest memories are sitting in front of my mom’s chair. She sat in a recliner and I would sit and draw with this little book thing and crayons. I remember sitting there she would watch soap operas and I would be there drawing Ninja Turtles. She said I’ve been drawing since I could hold on to a pencil. From there I went to school my mom would always get a ring from the teachers. I wouldn’t focus on my assignments I would rush through them and draw. So I wouldn’t say there was a major experience it’s just a summary of a bunch of little things.

BBM: Give us a little history on yourself?
My current project I’ve been doing a lot of presidential stuff. I also work full time for a game studio kixeye out here in San Francisco. So pretty much any free time I have I’ve been drawing presidents. That’s been going really well the internet’s been eating it up. I’m getting a following from that.

BBM: I know dude I love them there amazing!
Thanks man. If I wouldn’t have had this reaction from people that I got I probably would have only done a few and moved onto the next project.  I get messages from fans saying you’re so awesome you need to draw Richard Nixon doing this.  So that’s what I’m doing next. Everyone has been really encouraging it’s got me drawing more stuff. I’ve been working on a graphic novel for a while. As far as character write ups and designing. I have about 35 characters each of them with a background and likes and dislikes. So I can put together a pitch at some point maybe or a graphic novel or movie. I haven’t quite got those connections yet. I figured if I’d keep doing working on this and do what I do with the president’s things and it will work out with that as well. I don’t normally just draw presidents. The project I’ve been working on called lawless I’ve been working on for the past 3 years. Conveniently the movie just came out with the same font I used for my posters a few years ago. I just saw it and was like ahhh damn it. I’m still keeping the name I don’t care (laughs)

BBM: (laughs) will touch a little more on the presidents in a little bit. I wanted to talk more about the graphic novel. What’s the art direction for it?
The character art itself will be realistic pretty much the style I did the presidents. The story takes place in the future I would say a mix between Blade Runner, Road warrior, with some time travel involved. Its 2 main characters with a lot of supporting characters. I have a lot of it worked out I just have to get everything out there so I can release it and show everyone. It’s a mixture between a revenge story and saving the world in a weird way.

BBM: Sounds really cool! I can’t wait to see it. So what was your inspiration behind the presidents? What made you want to create these Kick ass Epic scenes?
It started out when I was a security guard. I would sit and work with a friend who’s an artist as well. I say let’s start doing art jams I come up with an idea and you draw it. It got to my turn I said lets draw the most epic thing you can imagine. I came up with a Viking fight a great white shark. I posted it and it got eaten up so then I said what can I do next. I went back to the drawing board and whenever I’m drawing I’m watching something. It sounds weird to most people but when I draw I have my headphones on or watching a movie. I’m not really watching it just listening I watch a lot of documentary’s about history on PBS. I just like history and I was like alright let’s take some presidents doing something ridicules. I thought who’s the most famous. I drew George washing fighting a tiger in the Delaware. There wasn’t much thought to it I just drew it. While this is all going on I was trying to get my portfolio up to standards to get a job and no one was giving me the time of day. I was getting really frustrated and I was like I’ve been focusing on my portfolio for the last 8 months. I was really getting burned out with it and I said I’m going to draw some shit I want to draw. I was bored at work on night and I started drawing Abe Lincoln riding a Minotaur but it looked really weird. I scraped the Minotaur and thought grizzly bears that pretty mainly and at the time I was watching a documentary about grizzly bears. So I drew him ridding a grizzly bear and threw it up on the internet and it blew up. I thought to myself I draw all this cool shit and as soon as I do this it gets 5 times the hits and exposure. Seems like people really like this sort of thing. I did some more sketches here and there and did Teddy Roosevelt and I decided to make some prints and did an Etsy store with some prints. 
I went to bed and woke up they were all sold out. My first two where Teddy and Abe.  I really didn’t think people would buy them and I’m like shit. I’m scrambling to get this printed out and look good. I get it all done and shipped them out after that it was George Washington fighting Zombies. When I did that I was watching the Tim burns Civil war documentary the entire thing. I was drawing Ulysses S Grant I haven’t got done with him he’s kind of on the back burner. I pretty much so some research on the presidents and learn about there personalities. Like FDR he has polio and he has a wheel chair. So I made his wheel chair transform into a mech soldier fighting aliens. The devils in the details I love drawing all the little nuts and bolts and everything. I guess the rest is history as they say. After that it got me great exposure Kixeye saw my work and flew me down for an interview.

BBM: I love the stories that you made for each of them there very entertaining. You should make a comic for each of them..
Yeah that’s also a thing that I want to work on. I want to make an alternate history text book that’s on the list. Basically take a history book and create events. The Civil war fought with Mechs, Light sabers and jets
Very cool! Can’t wait to see more on that.

BBM: Very cool I Can’t wait to see more on that! Three words that describe your art style?
Ridiculous, Detailed, Epic

BBM: That comes off of everything you do.
We’ve got it up to 7 on the epic scales but we have to crank it up. I think I would work great in a Michael Bay film if he ever wants to hire me. I love Big ass robots and explosions

BBM: Tell us a little bit about Kixeye
we make Face Book Games. I know everyone’s like oh god Facebook games making Farmville. We don’t make that. Where real popular for War Commander and we make war based games you and your friends build your base and wreak havoc .It’s also free to play so go convince your friends to play with you it shouldn’t be too hard.

BBM: How you enjoying game design now?
It’s great I starting doing concepts and now do concepts and marketing. At the same time I do the art for events and advertisements. They want me to make ridiculous high res and crazy detailed stuff. It’s awesome

BBM: Where do you find inspiration in life?
My big thing I really like comedy. One thing at the end of the day that everyone can agree on is everyone likes to laugh. I figured the best way to do it is through my art. Since I’m not a stand-up comedian at the moment and may never get around to it. The thing that works best with my art is its Good, Ridiculous and epicenes and you can put my art in any of those and it would fit. People would me like holy shit this Mech looks awesome or this is so ridiculous. I guess my biggest inspiration is making people laugh and enjoy it. Just by looking at an image if I can make someone’s day. Also all of my prints you can download high res images to make your desktop background. Everyone can just have it they don’t have to buy it. I’m not one of those people you have to buy it or you can’t even see it. That’s good enough for me as long as people see my art that’s what makes me happy.

BBM: I think you definitely accomplished that you know Obama ridding a lion with a crossbow and light sabers (laughs)
Yup, Hopefully he saw that. I got a lot of messages from people and someone from his campaign office bought one. So I’m assuming he saw it I don’t know for sure. If I saw a picture of him holding it that would be the PR on the planet.

BBM: (laughs) For real. Besides are what are some of your hobbies?
I like cars I’m hoping this year to get a rally car going and get my Rally license.

BBM: You work at a game studio are you a gamer?
The last game was Halo that was pretty awesome I’m an avid battlefield player.  Most people can see that by seeing the alternate of Ronald Regan. When I did that that’s when battlefield made the premium and a lot of people where upset about that that’s why I made it. I’m also a Need for Speed guy and Assassins Creed 3 obviously for the history.

BBM: What’s your console of choice?
360 I play pc as well but I’m surprisingly better with a controller. When I tell people that its like I tryied to explain quantum physics.


BBM: Most Memorable carrier Moment?
There’s been a few that would be the best question for my mom. When I get feature anywhere my mom blows up Facebook and shares it anywhere. I’ve been featured in Huffington Post, Good Morning America, and Interviewed by good morning Sacramento.  I guess the biggest overall was getting flown out here by Kixeye and there like here’s your offer letter.  Working solid for two years as a security guard. I took that job so I could just draw for 8 hours on my computer and after two years of struggling with minimum pay and just getting the offer. Someone giving me a chance that’s all I needed. It’s so hard to get a job people are like you have no experience. Well if I can’t get a job without any experience how am I supposed to get any. What the hell am I supposed to do? The studio hired me with Zero experience it was like this guy can blow up in our face. I’ve been there over a year and everyone loves my art. So far my best carrier event some people are like dude your on Good Morning America. I was on for like 5 seconds they showed my Obama ridding a lion print. It’s all cool and great but my main goal is get my art to people. I still work like I have to I’m constantly working I do about 80 hours a week. 40 at work and 40 drawing at home and a few games here and there.

BBM: What are some words of wisdom you would a youth wanting to be an artist?
Don’t give up or give in. You have to be stubborn you’re going to get a lot of people that are like it’s not going to work you’re not going to do that and won’t be successful. That’s how my high school art teacher was and I can’t wait till my high school reunion to see her she was so awful. You should never think your art is as good as it’s going to be. Be careful with college as an artist they only care about you art. I did the entire college thing and sunk a bunch of money into it. It really didn’t benefit me I have people contact me because I’m in alumni and they ask me for tips. I say to be honest stop what you’re doing and focus! Go live in your parent’s basement for 2 years. Take 8 hours a day to draw and constantly improve. Sometimes here and there you’ll find a teacher that will help. It’s really about self-improvement and you always need people to support you and my girlfriend

BBM: How did it work with Good Morning America did you know about it?
No I had no idea some guy bought a print and said he saw my work on there. I was like cool I don’t care and I’m always up for interviews if they want to fly me out. I’ll be on the View

BBM: Any Last words anything you want to add?
I appreciate you wanting to interview me thanks for that. 


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Artist: Erica Luke



Erica Luke is a very talented individual from the UK. she’s an exceptional artist, photographer, and stop motion creator. Her latest stop motion project ROT has taken the world by storm. It’s brilliant!! you can see the film at the bottom of the interview so make sure to  check it out and show her some support! One thing is for sure about Erica. She has a very bright future ahead of her and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. I recently had a chance to talk to Erica and here’s the woman herself…





BBM: How’s life treating ya?

Very well thank you! The overwhelming response to Rot has been really encouraging.

BBM: What was your first major experience with art and how did you know it was for you?

I’m not sure if I remember a first major art experience. I’ve always been doodling and mucking around with paper and bits and bobs. When I was about 7, while my mum was working, I would go to an after-school club every day in a big building with lots of facilities – a gym, a playroom, a music room, an art room. When my mum came to pick me up, the staff there always knew they would find me in the art room. It’s not a major experience as such but the stuff I did there probably is my first memory of doing something arty. In hindsight, I think I only went to that after-school club for a year, but the evenings spent in the art room take up quite a lot of my early memories. Later, it also became quite clear that I was not much good at anything else!


BBM: Lets start with your latest project Rot – tell our readers a little about it.

It was a project that I had in mind for a while – I had seen a couple of cool facepaint stop-motions but not many with a ‘narrative’ as such so it was more of an experiment, or a test, to see what I could do with the technique.


BBM: How long did it take to complete Rot?

The shoot actually didn’t take as long as you might think – it helped that my sister was the subject so I felt that I could take my time! I think we did it in a long afternoon. But this was last year! I didn’t get myself sorted with a soundtrack and grading for a really long time, partly due to the fact that I have a full time job but mostly because I am lazy.


BBM: Before starting a motion project what are some steps you take before creation?

I think it always helps to have a storyboard, however rough it may be,  as then you get a better visual idea in your head of what the film might turn out like, and the shoot becomes a smoother process.


BBM: The most difficult aspect of motion creation?

Probably the stress of shooting – I like all the preparation and organizing beforehand, but it’s such a horrible feeling when you know there are so many things that could go wrong and you’re just holding you breath and waiting for something bad to happen. That’s why I prefer to work alone on small projects, so the only person I’m in danger of disappointing is myself! And I’m pretty forgiving so that’s ok.


BBM: Three words that describe your art?

Child-like,  playful, organic…?


BBM: You’re a woman of many talents; which would you say is your passion and why?

It’s really hard for me to choose. It seems artists are always encouraged to stick to one way of working, and the jack-of-all-trades approach is frowned upon. I can understand why I suppose, as the body of work you create would be more streamlined and recognizable. There is also the ‘…master of none’ problem as well. But the advantage is that all the mediums can inform the others, and also I just don’t think you need to limit yourself to suit other people’s pre-conceptions. Anyway, to answer your question, at this very moment I’m concentrating on illustration as that’s what I feel like doing!


BBM: Funniest/ Most Memorable career moment?

To be honest I’m just starting, so, even though it was only last week, I would have to say getting so many views of Rot!


BBM: Where do you find inspiration in life?

Mainly through my job. I’m a senior researcher at The Reel (http://www.thereel.net/), a website that showcases creative advertising, virals, branded content, music videos, short films, experimental films and fashion films… basically anything moving image and short form! Part of my work is to scour the internet, looking for content for us to feature. I come across so much inspiring work, not just moving image as I check a lot of arts/culture/technology blogs and websites as well.


BBM: A fact a fan may not know about you?

I have one Japanese eye and one English eye.


BBM: Whats currently in heavy rotation in your Ipod?

My earphones broke about a month ago so I haven’t really been listening to much recently! But before that I constantly listened to 2 albums – FOE’s ‘Bad Dream Hotline’ and Friends’ ‘Manifest!’. I quite like the neatness of the two as a pair; the fact that they sit side by side on my artists list, and that their names are opposites.


BBM: What are some words of wisdom you would give a youth wanting to be an artist?

Oh no, here come the cheesy lines… Carefully consider other people’s suggestions but ultimately follow your heart and do what you feel like doing.


BBM: Where can fans find the latest news about your work?

At my blog (which I promise to keep updating!!) – http://salutmrmagpie.tumblr.com/


BBM: Any last words anything you want to add?
Thanks to my sister Shion for being patient, my friend Luke for making Rot look nice, my boyfriend Matthew for making Rot sound nice and my friend and boss Jamie Madge for his skill in spreading the word and getting Rot seen!





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