Thursday, 19 May 2016

INTERVIEW WITH.......JASON BROWER


Congratulations on your recent Rondo awards win.

Thank you very much. It is a great joy and honor to have won the 2016 Linda Miller Fan Artist of the Year award.I was first runner-up last year and hoped to take the win this year. Next stop is Artist of the Year!



How did you get involved in the world of horror art?

I was a typical '70s monster kid. My love of Creepy and Eerie magazines came early on from reading my father's copies. He also turned me on to Hammer films at an age when I should have been hiding under the covers, but instead I was transfixed. I was doing Lon Chaney impressions while still in preschool, drawn to classic monster characters like Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster and The Wolf Man. At four or five years old I was already able to produce decent renderings of my favorite horror heroes...I was drawing all the time. When I discovered KISS in '77 our household was turned upside down as my younger brother Chris and I became ravenous fans, caught up in the spectacle of rock & horror they created. We used to terrorize our neighborhood on our Big Wheels sporting Ace Frehley & Peter Criss make-up! We had anything and everything with monsters on it. It was only natural, then, that I would venture into the world of horror art...it was already something I was so familiar with and naturally attracted to.


Who or what has been your main influence?

There are a bunch of influences in my artistic life and it's not easy to narrow it down to one or even a couple. However, I can say that Frank Frazetta and Basil Gogos are two of my biggest influences in terms of how their work inspires and makes me feel. Just seeing their work makes me want to pick up the brushes and create. You can add Bernie Wrightson, Reed Crandall and Sanjulian to that list as well. I like to listen to Progressive Rock, classic bands from the '60s and '70s, and Classical music when I paint or draw. Some of my favorite albums to work to are Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, Alice Cooper's Welcome to My Nightmare, and Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

You are currently doing art for a huge number of big names but notably for horror fans you work with Little Shoppe Of Horrors magazine, how did this opportunity come about?

After doing sketch cards for companies like Topps and Upper Deck for about a year I wanted to stretch out a bit and get involved with a magazine or two. I contacted Dick Klemensen at Little Shoppe of Horrors magazine and got the gig to contribute interior artwork. LSoH focuses on British Horror, especially Hammer films, which I grew up on and absolutely love, so, it's a dream come true to be able to work with this publication.



A hard question for an artist, but what would you say has been your favourite piece to date?

Yeah, it's not easy picking favorites when you've done so many things. I think each time I work on a piece it's my favorite at that moment in time. That being said, I'd have to say that I'm very happy with the new Dracula 1979 piece for the next issue of Little Shoppe of Horrors. I've done a lot of 4" X 6" horror portraits that I'm very proud of, as well.

Have you ever been asked to do work for film posters or DVD/Blu-Ray covers? If so what films were these for?

Here in Westchester County, NY we're very fortunate for have a beautiful historic theatre built in 1885, the Tarrytown Music Hall; it's the oldest operational theatre in Westchester. My girlfriend Paroo and I have a long-time connection with this theatre and we work regularly there on live shows. I'm also a member of their Film Committee and have even run the projection booth from time to time! I've produced original posters for TTMH for various film presentations over the years. Some of these include the 1931 Dracula, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Phantom of the Paradise, and Amadeus. I haven't done any DVD/Blu-Ray covers yet but I'm hoping to stretch out into to these areas and others like magazine and book covers.

Have you been commissioned to do work for a project that fell through but later resurfaced with someone elses art?

Thankfully, that hasn't happened and I hope it never does, haha.


What one thing would you say to any upcoming or struggling artists out there?

Try to do something everyday if you can. There's no better way to hone your skills than to create in some capacity every single day. It keeps you sharp and in practice...that's a good thing.

Where can people get in touch with you if they wish to purchase some of your art or commission you to do work on a project?

I am always open to and available for commissions and projects. Contact me via JasonBrowerArt.com and visit me on Facebook at Low Brower Art.


Thank you very much for your time and we hope to see more of your art in the future.

Thank YOU, Horrorscreams Videovault, for the opportunity to share my story and connect with more fellow horror fans...see you in the catacombs!

www.jasonbrowerart.com

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