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Quote of the day: “I’d have been dead a long time ago if not for my friends, one of whom had just jumped off the cliff after me.
I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Monday, October 17, 2011

2nd Ann. Halloween Extravaganza! Creatures week - Artist Interview

Welcome Chuck! Thank you for stopping by!

Your my first interview with an artist, so I'm pretty excited. Can you tell us 
a little about your style?

 My style.... It's hard for me to put into words really. I am a fan of comic books so there is alot of comic like style to some of my designs. Also I was one of those geek kids that read Famous Monsters magazine . I couldn't wait for each issue to come out. I would read each issue cover to cover and try to draw the monsters on each page. So alot of my style has been stolen from some great artists. I took a little from everything I saw.

Which products do you use when create a new picture?
 I start out with Bristol board for my loose sketch,and when I say loose I mean there's barely anything but basic shapes on the page. I already have the entire drawing finished in my head so I don't need very much detail just the page layout. I'm a big fan of India ink for the outline and black areas. Prismacolor colored pencils are my medium of choice for the last 8 or 9 years. They blend so well it almost looks like oil paint when I'm finished.

Natasha: I love to draw/paint myself. I haven't tried India Ink before, but I sold many bottles since I started at Michaels Arts & Crafts. I think I'll try it out now. 

You designed the covers for Ann Charles, 'Deadwood' series novels. Do you do any other collaborations?

 Besides the projects With Ann Charles I have done a few other projects. I designed a CD cover for a small local band and some promo designs for the band LineWork out of West Virginia.. Probably the biggest success I had was doing spot illustrations for Relix magazine. I had a pretty good 3 year run with them doing Deadhead skeleton illustrations. Currently, besides the illustrations I'm working on for Ann, I'm doing some monster labels for some wine bottles for Halloween.

What inspires you when you start a new creation?

"What inspires me?".... That is a very good question. Sometimes I have no idea why I draw what I do. My wife asks me that very thing. Alot of times it's just a mood I'm in or what kind of day I had at work. I did a set of classic monster drawings because as a kid I tried and tried to draw them and never got them right. Finally I am able to draw them and be happy with the finished product. My Boris Karloff as Frankensteins monster is my all time favorite piece I've ever done. All horror movies are a huge influence as well.

Which other artists do you admire?

I'm a huge fan of Frank Frazetta. The guy was the master. Clive Barker, Todd MacFarlane, Jim Lee, Rob Bottin, Rob Zombie and Rick Baker to name a few. You may notice some of the guys listed are FX make up artists and comic artists. I don't believe art has any boundaries. If you create it out of nothing it's art in my book.

Natasha: I agree Chuck, Frank Frazetta is fantastic. It's a shame he's no longer with us.  

When your not painting, how do you like to spend your time?
Well, I would love to tell you that I do all kinds of cool things, but being a father of 3 that's not the case. If I'm not painting I'm just doing the usual Dad stuff.
Not many may know, that you're in fact, Ann Charles brother. Have you read any of your sisters novels?

As a matter of fact I've read all of her books. Even some that won't see the light of day (Some of her early works).She's a great writer. I love her style. Plus she's probably gonna read this so I will say all nice things.
I love Halloween, it's my Christmas. If I could pull it off I would like to dress as the WW1 German Soldier skeleton from my Machines of War set. But only if I could get the actual uniform. That would be too cool.

In the spirit of Halloween, if you had to dress up as one of your creations/characters from your artwork, which would you choose to be?

I love Halloween, it's my Christmas. If I could pull it off I would like to dress as the WW1 German Soldier skeleton from my Machines of War set. But only if I could get the actual uniform. That would be too cool.

Thanks Chuck! You Rock!

Thanks for including me in your extravaganza Natasha. I was a lot of fun.

Here's a few of my favorites by Chuck:

Captain Spaulding from the Rob Zombie Films.  

Another fantastic guy. Otis B. Driftwood is a genius in any roll. 

This guy needs no introduction. Michael Myers is a legend. 

I LOVE this one. It screams "Franky Baby!" Frankenstein and his bride going for a ride.

This one seems to have a different edge to it. I really like this one. The details and colors are fantastic.
This one is labeled "Queen"
This one is labeled "German" I love it. It has a zombie Nazi feel to it. (Dead Snow movie)
"Death" I like Chuck's take on Death. Original.
Last, but certainly not least, "WildBill" 
Lately, I have this new fond of cowboys. Not the traditional cowboys, but the old fashioned, tough, gun slinging cowboys. Wild west. I especially like a dark/dead view of them. "Zombie Cowboys!" 
As you can tell, I like Zombies.. lol

Like what you see? Check out Chucks Website, here.


katsrus said...

Those are awesome drawings. Think my favorite one is the WildBill one. Love Ann's Deadwood book covers and her books. Enjoyed learning about you as an artist.
Sue B

Ann Charles said...

Love the pics! They are perfectly creepy. :)

Ann C.

BlackWolf said...

awesome, my favorite one is WildBill and the queen :p.. and great interview!

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