Certain artists make work that just resonates with me on so many levels. Seldon Hunt is one of those artists. He has done work for such bands as: Isis, Neurosis, High on Fire, Melvins, sunno))), Pelican and Nachtmystium. Whether he is engulfing the viewer in gnarly details or transporting us to another place with his photo manipulations…it just finds a place in your brain to sit and hang out. Long after I am done looking at his work, it keeps coming back to me.
How did you get your first paying art job?
A friend of mine showed my work to KK Null of Zeni Geva. 6 months later he commissioned me to do a cover for a solo release on Manifold records. Although there was no money involved, it essentially was the first time I was commissioned for my own style of work. I’m not sure when I first got paid for an art project!!!
Have you always worked in your current style and if not how did you work before?
I guess I have always had a certain aesthetic approach. Certainly the hyper detail work began fairly early and I have developed that over the years. I am always interested in pursuing new techniques and mediums. Drawing was something I did not do a lot of in the early part of my career but I started developing that as I wanted to create more personal images.
Who are your artistic influences?
Honestly I am not sure. I loved Anselm Kieffer, Basqaiut, Brett Whitely early in my life but I’m not sure if they influenced me at all outside of just wanting to be an artist. Its not arrogance to say that I am not influenced, but one thing I have always wanted to be was completely original. I never mimicked any artists style, or wanted to create anything that represented someone else’s work.
Take us through a typical for day Mr. Seldon Hunt?
Generally its coffee first, a walk then it depends on what I am working on. I work at nights 4 times a week, so my schedule can be pretty hectic.
How do you create your work? Take us through the process from concept to final.
HA, well that depends on the technique I am using. with drawing I do some rough sketches, to get client approval, then start a detailed pencil base. Once I have this finalized I just start inking from left to right until its finished. With the hyper detail work, well, I just start and make it up as i go along, as its kind of hard to plan those out. I usually have a general idea in my head of what I want but it usually evolves into something entirely different.
Do you use reference materials or does all of it come from your head?
Most of it comes from my head. With the drawing Ill often use google images for reference, especially if there are animals in the mix. I like to get their basic form correct.
Do the bands give you any direction?
50% of the time. It depends on the band, sometimes bands give no direction and then hate what I have done because its not what they wanted!
Do you have an advice for artist’s who wish to do artwork for bands?
Yeah, don’t expect to make a living from it, and don’t expect it to last forever. Scenes die and you tend to get dragged down with that. I guess also be stubborn about being paid. If a band cant afford $700 for a cover, then they shouldn’t have the gall to ask you to work for them.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on the new release by The Ocean.
What are your favorite bands of all time and what bands are you listening to right now?
ACDC, Cosmic Psychos, Neurosis, Motorhead, The Ramones, Autopsy…. and I’m listening to them still.