If you are an artist and you call yourself Godmachine, your work better kick ass. Ladies and gentleman….his work does kick ass in a major way. His work is filled with gnarly details created with surgical precision, splattered colors and excellent composition, which creates a big impact. He has done artwork for shirt companies, skateboard companies, Cartoon Network and such bands as: Carnifex, Heaven Shall Burn, Chimaira, Job for a Cowboy and many more. After I sent him the questions, I was not sure when I would hear back as he is very busy. But like a woodpecker from mars, his answers swooped in and they provide great insight to artists looking to make it in the biz.
This is part one of the interview:
How did you get your first paying art job?
I have been doodling for as long as I can remember; doodling in work and where ever I could get some paper and a pen. Then the Mrs. bought me a canvas and some paints and told me to step up. I sold the first painting to a friend and it went from there. I was selling loads and it was getting to the point that I couldn’t make enough paintings and the paint was ruining everything in my flat. My mate ‘found’ me a computer and it was just at the time when merch was ‘starting to get popular and having a tee company was the new band. I was scanning in pen drawings and learning how to make them work in PS. I remember it was almost frowned upon then and some people expected illustration in tees to be a flash in the pan- it was the other way around; the cut and paste style that came with owning PS was already getting dull. Sold my first 3 drawings to Iron Fist. Great company and amazing people.
Have you always worked in your current style and if not how did you work before?
I had a different style when I used biro- but it was always my own- it was just exploring stuff. When I think of it now- I have always had the same style in varying ways- my sketches and my paintings were always had the same roots. I see that now. Pens, paint, computers- I was always trying things but it always came back to the same place. The computer was just a tool that kinda stuck- cleaner- quicker- more fun.
Who are your artistic influences?
Bisley, Klimt, Beardsley, Chet Zar, and a thousand others I have discovered since the web.
What words best describe your artistic style?
Dark, Gorey, Skulls…or is that more the subject matter? Detailed fighting with a way to not be so detailed? I guess that’s it. Always trying to put a lot of work in whilst trying to be confident enough not to. Loving lots of lines and shading, but knowing that it doesn’t always need it.
Tell us about your studio space?
Its eclectic; I have things I have collected over the years; my most treasured items are notes from friends or doodles and sketches. I have notes from Josh Belanger, Brian Morris, Killer Napkins, and just too many to mention (If I have missed you out- I am sorry guys). Skulls, postcards. Old black and white photos I find and people give me. Skateboards- I have and printed French skateboard. Crucifixes. I have an old wacom I bought second hand. A 22 inch monitor. Some £10 speakers and a computer put together by a street fighting computer savvy Buddhist. No shit. I have 2 wacom pens- if you don’t- you are a fool. A lamp and a pile of art books and scrap paper to doodle on.
Take us through a typical day for GodMachine?
Wake up – put the coffee on to warm up or make new coffee whilst listening to the news radio. Flick through Facebook and twitter- I can imagine that people would hate to admit that haha but you know you do, and it’s a good thing. See what’s been going on during the night/day shift. Sip coffee whilst stroking cats and answering emails. Check all my fav blogs: science, art, atheist blogs, answer more emails. I usually spend the day preparing for the night- I work best at night. I do all my social and office things in the day; post up new designs package posters and get the low down with clients I’m working with at the moment. It’s when it starts to get dark that I start work. Settling down with more coffee and a few movie scores or more news radio I draw till I’m hungry, tired or sick.
Come back next week for part two of the interview and check out his work at The Art of Godmachine.