This week’s artist’s spotlight is on Andrew Buck.
- Describe your art atheistic:
“I like to describe my art style as marker punk . I have no idea what I’m actually doing or any formal training but I just try to create something interesting with the skill I have. I use mostly sharpies in my art thus keeping it nice and cheap as well .Early on in my pursuit of art I would spend a lot of money on art supplies ( paints , expensive markers , etc) at some point I just completely abandoned that idea . I realized that it doesn’t really matter what you use to create . As long as the piece is interesting in the end , who cares how you got there.”
- How did you start your art business? ”
” I started by just posting to social media like crazy and hash tagging the hell out of everything. About 6 years ago I started teaching myself to draw all over again from scratch, completely changing my style . During that process I started posting the progress for a visual record . I slowly started getting contacted for commissions and it all started there. I opened a bigcartel shop to sell my personal work in as well.In 2017 I quit my full time job to focus on my art and creating comics . I’ve been self publishing a psychedelic occult superhero comic called Satani-Kill since late summer 2017 . 2 issues are available now with a third on the way in the next few weeks. Last fall also saw the release of a cover I did for fantagraphics all time comics Crime Destroyer issue 2.”
- What is your favorite piece that you created and why? ” I think my favorite piece is a Ms.45 tribute I finished about a year ago . I’m a huge fan of B horror and exploitation cinema and the strange things that can happen in those movies . Honestly my dream job would be doing box art for vhs tapes , however I’m about 30 years late on that one.”
- What are your influences and why? “As far as actually drawing my primary influences are Jack Kirby, Jim steranko, frank miller , Gilbert Hernandez and Alex Toth . Influences on my general aesthetic are much broader though , a lot of music and film . Bands like the stooges , suicide and the Ramones had a big impact . Short, simple , effective , attention grabbing and to the point .
As I said before I really love movies too so there’s a considerable amount of film influence , especially in my comics . Primarily David Lynch , Kenneth anger and Jean Luc Goddard really effect the way I tell and think about stories . I also really love the way vintage low budget horror, sci-fi and exploitation. Just kind of toss reality out of the window and are more concerned with showing you things you haven’t seen before , just completely unapologetic. I think there’s just too much pseudo realism and not enough imagination in modern fiction across all genres.”
Do you have anything exciting coming up in the future? ”“I’m still working on Satani-kill ! That will be a total of six issues so this month I’ll hit the halfway point on that series . After Satani-Kill I have another comic I’ll be self publishing called Lucifer’s Loving Light , a sci-fi occult space adventure. Something along the lines of Jack Kirby meets William s Burroughs . I also just finished a short story for Matt Kings tales to enlighten, that should be out later in the year . I can’t get specific yet but I designed a skateboard deck that should hit spring/summer ( very excited about that one , total childhood dream).”
For more information and/or to contact Andrew here is the following information:
Facebook – Andrew Buck
Until next time!