He is a merch/cd designer from Germany and he goes by the name Bloodboy. The first thing you notice when you look at his merch artwork is the more simple color schemes. His work is striking without over the top colors. However, he also a full color photo manipulation style which Kreator has used on numerous occasions. He has done artwork for such bands as: Kreator, Heaven Shall Burn, Dying Fetus and others. With a name like Bloodboy, there is no way that we could not feature him on MBA…Is there a more metal art moniker out there?
How did you get your first paying art job?
- I got my first paying art job through MySpace, because through my daily job as a web designer I knew css very well. With this knowledge I pimped a lot MySpace-
Pages for Bands. Through the art-experience I get asked from a German Band ” Is it possible to develop a whole package design including a MySpace Page,
Shirt Design and a Album Artwork. This was the beginning of working in Art. But between the art stuff I worked
always as a multimedia and graphic employer for companies doing print and 3D Illustration.
Have you always worked in your current style and if not how did you work before?
- Yes , manipulating pictures was always my style but now I extend my workflow by using 3D Software and Painting techniques. I’m excited to learn different styles
and combinations to develop my art.
Who are your artistic influences?
- I’m sure to be influenced by some great artists like Salvador Dali; Hr Giger; Joachim Luetke; Luis Royo
because these are the Artists I grew up with.
What words best describe your artistic style?
- Just Horror Art with different looking picture styles I guess, I love it to experiment a lot and to develop my style.
Sometimes I make character based artworks, or some surrealism or even just tell a story through a artwork.
Tell us about your studio space?
- My studio space is a desk with an IMac and a Wacom and I´m surrounded with skulls.
I have a lot of Art books and collect a lot of learning materials. I have a shelf with a lot of training and horror books.
Take us through a typical day of Bloodboy?
- I start work at 6:30 am by checking my emails and my social network accounts, after that I answer back to client questions. Sometimes when I have a
great idea or composition in my mind I start to workout a grey-scale composition and lay it back for another look the next few days to see if I am satisfied enough to make a
shirt design or CD Artwork. Between my work I also look for news in the art and business industries, like any new software. Sometimes I quit a job for a
day and I watch some tutorial videos. But also between doing artwork for bands I’m doing content creation so that other artists have the opportunity
to use it in there own artwork. I love to make Horror-Stuff in Zbrush. I quit sitting on the computer about 6 in the evening. Then I go out to meet some
friends and have fun.
Where did the name Bloodboy come from?
- The name Bloodboy came from the first days of the internet, and my love and passion to everything about Vampires since I was a child, but not the kind of
Twilight-Shit. I mean real Vampires like the ones from the Hammer- Studios and so on. For some websites I needed a name also for my Horror Art, for
this reason I choose Bloodboy a long time ago before I started to work for bands.
How do you create your work? Take us through the process from concept to final.
- If I’m doing a artwork/shirtdesign for a client everything starts with a brief from the client. Then I scribble some ideas about the concept, and start to searching
for materials I can work with. Once I have my materials I start to make a composition, while I´m working on a comp I reduce my layer to grayscale to get and
evolve the tone and contrast. When I´m satisfied with the comp and the match of the clients wishes I send the greyscale comp to the client.. Once I get go ahead to move
forward from the client I add more lights and shadows and work out some details. Sometimes I finish a piece through textures and effects or painting by
matte painting some details until I´m satisfied to show it the client.
What materials do you use? How much if any is done on the computer?
- I use a lot of photos and a lot of 3D, or I sit down and go into Zbrush to refine my materials or make some unique ones. So everything is done on the computer,
sometimes I also paint or draw by hand with my wacom. It depends on the kind of artwork.
Do you use reference materials or does all of it come from your head?
- Yes I use reference materials, especially when it comes to anatomy. I have always some anatomy books on my desk, but the most references I get are from
horror-movies. Often I look for some scene cuts or movie screenshots to get inspiration and references.
You mentioned that your work is more “Old School.” What did you mean by that?
- Specifically I mean merch design when I talk about “Old School.”
When I started about 6 years ago, some designers like me use photos and manipulate them to make a merch design.
Some are just slapping creepy clip art on it, but that was never my way. I always manipulate my pictures to get a new comp and effects.
Also, “Old School” is to define ways of working from the past. One – Only 3 colors no halftones just pantone colors. Because printing many more colors
was a lot more expensive than today, so we had to reduce the designs to 3 colors.
The other way was just take a full color cmyk halftone comp to print, but it was like just doing art and just slapping in on a shirt. Sometimes I do it, but I love to work with reduced colors to get nice effects. But when I talk about “Old School”, I have also talked about “New School.” Since the huge amount of color does not matter anymore, and sometimes time and money
is on your side.There are two pioneers of NewSchool to name them… definitely Godmachine and DAN Mumford and of course the Master Mark Riddick but I
think Mark was first to do merch design
The work is just awesome and a huge inspiration. Now my goal is to develop “Old School” and “New School” , because I´m a photo-manipulator since a long time
ago, but I´m also a huge fan of just drawing illustrations with a lot of color and I think a good artist should be able to do both. So I love to mix styles .. but always
I’ve got just a lot of more practice in manipulating pictures then drawing
Do the bands give you any direction?
- Sometimes yes and not .. they give me some base ideas, to match any direction. But since my portfolio is growing they trust me a lot and give me freedom
in my work and style.
Do you have an advice for artist’s who wish to do artwork for bands?
- It´s important to be original and develop your own style, don´t copy someones styles, of course we all have inspirations but there are a lot of rippers out there.
The second piece of advice is just do what you love and spread out your work. Even do some art for free to start the business, when your portfolio is growing
big clients will follow.
What are you currently working on?
- Currently I´m working on two album artworks, some shirt designs and developing a new zombie for content creation
Do you have any dream projects?
- I would love to do some artwork for the entertainment industry, like poster art, artwork for games, movies, books.
What are your favorite bands of all time and what bands are you listening to right now?
- I like a lot of bands I grow up with like the old Sepultura with Max, Slayer, Metallica, Morbid Angel, Megadeth, Kreator, Destruction and more bands from
the early 90′s. Today I listen to In Flames, Soulfly, Kreator, Carnifex, Arch Enemy, Caliban, Heaven Shall Burn, Neaera and a lot more.
Check out his work at: Bloodboy.com