Welcome to our Twelfth edition of Artist Spotlight. This week’s Artist is Wes Huffor!
Q: Who are you and what do you do?
A: Wes Huffor. I’m a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, working in comics and multimedia.
Q: How do you work? (Tools of the trade, etc)
A: On comic book art, I use a Cintiq tablet from layout, rough sketches, and eventually digital inks. I work with a lot of custom brush settings to emulate the look of a sable or round brush and ink, which was how I preferred inking pages on paper.
With physical commissions, I use pencil, india ink, sable or round brushes, quills, Prismacolor markers, color pencils, acrylic paint – the list goes on. I’ll use whatever I think can stain the page and give me the look I want.
Q: How did you get your start?
A: I’ve been creating art since I was a child. Professionally, I started out working for small press publishers and pushing my original prints and graphic design in various outlets.
Q: What styles of art do you most identify with (please feel free to include other artist’s names, or other inspirations, etc.)
A: As a kid I really loved mainstream books and comic art. As my taste in storytelling matured, I was drawn to Alex Toth, EC masters like Wally Wood, and Bernie Wrightson’s work in Creepy and Swamp Thing. I like artists who excel at conveying mood, like Tim Bradstreet with The Punisher and Constantine, and guys who I’ve followed in and out of mainstream comics like Kelley Jones.
I can stare at the art books of HR Giger and Oscar Chichoni for days, losing myself in the terrible, beautiful worlds they have created.
Writers like HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe have contributed to the way I understand storytelling in a significant way. I rather like the idea of creating art where the viewer feels the terror of confronting their own sins, or the futility of running from death across cyclopean vistas that exist outside of Euclidean geometry.
Q: What kind of artwork do you most enjoy doing/creating?
A: I’m a horror connoisseur. I connect to the angry, the sad, and the dispossessed – all the things humans are capable of at their worst. I enjoy surrealism and lowbrow as well, and the classic superhero comic style is great to work on too.
Q: What projects have you worked on in the past?
A: In 2008, I released Charnel House, a Horror and Crime comic anthology under the flag of UK based publisher Broken Voice. The stories in Charnel House were written by several writers from the US and UK, with my pencil and ink images throughout.
I’ve worked on various graphic design and illustration projects for Heavy Metal, The Gutters, and Dig Deep Productions. I’ve also created assorted album covers, t-shirts, and promotional material for musicians Jason Charles Miller and KC Murdock, and the Down the Road Show media outlet.
In 2011, one of my original illustrations was chosen to be added to the Edgar Allen Poe cottage in the Bronx, NY by the Historic House Trust of New York. The Poe cottage is a protected historic monument, which was recently restored with the addition of a contemporary museum. My art remains there as a permanent feature in the wall of Poe’s NY home.
I’m currently working with Director/Producers Darin Scott and Ed Polgarty on a Horror comic book series titled The Wrath.
A: I create new worlds and characters that, at best, tap into the psyche of the reader, distorting and abusing fears and desires they’d be wary to speak of in civilized society. Connecting with someone on that level through visual art is my only goal in storytelling. I strive to make that relationship the foundation of every page I draw. So, in a way, every story I work on becomes my dream project.
I’d work on Daredevil if they wanted me, though. ( LOL)
Q: What do you like about the art world?
A: The process of creation is rewarding. Art has become a vehicle for me to share hard concepts with people without having to use a single word. If I have something terrible in my head, and put it on paper, I can show it to someone across the planet who doesn’t share the language, and they will immediately understand as well. That is a powerful tool, and incredibly rewarding feeling.
Q: What do you DISlike about the art world?
A: I wish there was more time to explore different concepts. On the longest possible timeline, I will only scratch the surface of the material I’d like to.
A: Rod Serling said, “There is nothing in the dark that isn’t there when the lights are on.” Real evil is just as insidious in broad daylight and in plain view. I believe viewers of my work connect to this idea, and I’ve benefited greatly from it in my professional life.
Q: What is your goal, professionally?
A: I’ve set a lot of standards for myself. I work on stories that I believe are significant, honest, and create pathological friction. Each new story, and each new creation accomplishes a goal. I’d like to continue developing these properties and, through comics’ newest models of creator ownership, be able to share them with as many folks as possible.
Q: What wouldn’t you do without, and why? (could be art supplies, or anything else you wish)
A: I really like coffee and cookies. I could go back to traditional pencil and ink, could take up painting more, could work in most any medium with any tools, but I’m not sure I could get through all-nighters to meet deadlines without coffee and cookies.
Q: What super power(s) would you like to have, and why? (could be more than one)
A: Invisibility and/or intangibility – I’d very much like to roam through society as a ghost, watching what people do when they think they are alone. I get a little tingle of excitement just thinking about that. There’s something very empowering, even sexual about it; personally witnessing someone’s happiness, pleasure, pain, fear, without their consent.
If you would like to learn more about Wes, see more of his work, commission him – or anything else in between… his contact info is listed below! 🙂 Thanks for reading, and Thanks Wes, for being our Twelfth Artist Spotlight! 🙂
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