Welcome to our Seventh edition of Artist Spotlight. This week’s Artist is Erik Hodson!
Q: Who are you and what do you do?
A: I am an illustrator and former educator. I currently work in the sketch cards business for Breygent Marketing, I also do advocacy work for Sclerodrma the disease which i have.
Q: How do you work? (Tools of the trade, etc)
A: For sketchcards I mainly use markers, colored pencils and other typical tools. My more detailed work is mostly digital using just about everything I can photoshop, art rage (current fav) zbrush and others.
Q: How did you get your start?
A: Well I went to art school thinking I would do computer animation but comics have always been my passion, so in 2005 while I decided to start my own indy publishing company called Melby Comics, I did my first book and started doing conventions. I was still getting used to drawing with my crippled hands ( a symptom of scleroderma) so my early art looks quite bad looking back on it. But I never looked back since and have tried to improve myself along the way.
Q: What styles of art do you most identify with (please feel free to include other artist’s names, or other inspirations, etc.)
A: Comic art mostly, I’ve always been drawn to that type of aesthetic. When i studied art history in school I discovered Alphonse Mucha and Art Nouveau which led me back to illustration and away from cgi. My earliest comic influences include Barry Windsor Smith and Bob Layton. I absolutely loved their work. Later I would add Adam Hughs and joey lisner to that list. Now I am in awe of anyone capable of creating a well made image, anyone I can learn from gets a special place in my favorites.
Q: What kind of artwork do you most enjoy doing/creating?
A: I’m really enjoying doing sketch cards, my current job on the new Transformers series coming out later this year has been a real pleasure and a challenge. Drawing my favorite characters from my favorite property is a dream come true. I won’t rest though until I’m on the cover of a mainstream book though, my dream gig would be to do a cover for Red Sonja or work for IDW on a Transformers project.
Q: What projects have you worked on in the past?
A: Well my past is mostly all my own stuff. Since I got scleroderma I had to re learn all over again so it’s taking me several years to get to a level i feel confident submitting to major companies. I still have a lot to learn mind you. I started self publishing Melby Comics in 2005, that platform lead me to create many IPs such as Chad the Fat Kid, my webcomic and World of the Zombies, a horror book and more recently Xilch, a story that blends sci-fi and superheroes. For Breygent I worked on Warlord of Mars and Vampirella Sketch cards.
Q: What is your Dream Project? (if you have one)
A: Well above I mentioned cover art on Red Sonja, but really working for any major publisher would do. Personally I have two clear goals, getting Chad the fat kid a cartoon show on tv and a book about how to draw that I’m working on. As far as the unobtainable…I have a great story I wrote that has Transformers meeting Godzilla, I’d love to get with Chris at IDW and make that happen somehow.
Q: What do you like about the art world?
A: I think the fact that it is a true and open market where the individual can really shine. Too much of our current real world seems to be going socialist which sacrifices the individual for a collective mindset.
Q: What do you DISlike about the art world?
A: That’s an easy one, art itself. Rather the fine art world that holds up crap splattered all over a canvas as some revolutionary vision, art for arts sake stuff. The true artists are visual communicators that shape our very world and the products we enjoy. Very few of whom get the recognition they deserve.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve been given professionally?
A: Doug P. creator of Arsenic Lullaby told me to never give up no matter how long it takes. Others that have given constructive criticism about my work have also been a big help. I also had a teacher that gave me the profound advice. ” A piece is never finished, you just get to a point where anymore would $%&! it up and you stop.”
Q: What is your goal, professionally?
A: To get a cover art gig with a top tier company like Dynamite or IDW.
Q: What wouldn’t you do without, and why? (could be art supplies, or anything else you wish)
A: My wife of 9 years, my faith in God and my Wacom tablet.
Q: Are you open for commissions, and if so, how can people contact you?
A: I am currently offering 5 dollar sketch cards to help spread awareness of Scleroderma. Learn more here fiverr.com
Also anyone can email me though my website erikhodson.com about any other type of work.
Q: What super power(s) would you like to have, and why? (could be more than one)
A: Flight, it’s always been that. The freedom of getting off the cursed ground and leaving the world behind.
If you would like to learn more about Erik , see more of his work, commission him – or anything else in between… his contact info is listed below! Thanks for reading, and Thanks Erik, for being our Seventh Artist Spotlight!
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