Gnarly BOMONSTER Interview

bo-blog-8-gnarly-photoWant to know more about the creator of BOMONSTER art & apparel? Gnarly magazine  interviewed BOMONSTER for their premiere issue and here is some of what was discussed...

What are the tools you use for your scratchboard art, and can you give people a quick idea of what scratchboard art is?

Scratchboard is the art of drawing with a knife. The board is about the thickness of Masonite. There is white undercoating with black ink applied to the surface. I use a #16 Xacto blade to scrap the black off revealing the white underneath.

If you make a mistake on a scratchboard, there’s no undo button. BUT, can you paint over the mistake with black ink in order to do a re-scratch?

Yes I can fix small errors that way – or scratch big flames to cover the mistake but usually it means starting over. That’s why I treat every piece like a tattoo. I spend a lot of time designing the piece and then transfer just the outline shape to the board for scratching and fill in the details as I go. I used to fear having to do a piece over again but while reading an Ed Hopper book I realized old masters would pre-paint a piece before completing the masterpieces we see today in the books and museums. And their pre-paintings were spectacular so it hit me if that’s the way the old timers did it then I should too. Now I plan to do every piece twice. If I nail it on the first one, it’s a bonus.

Not counting the reference research and sketching time, how long does it take -on average- to finalize a scratch project?

One very long night for a 12x16 size board. And then I give it the overnight test see it with fresh eyes and add another hour or so. Larger 18x24 pieces can take two very long nights.

What’s your art background? Self taught, formally trained?

I was the guy in high school who drew cartoons for the school paper. I got into advertising and used my drawing skills to illustrate rough ad ideas and TV concepts. Once the ideas were approved we hired real artists to illustrate them - which didn’t really allow me to develop my art chops to a high degree. But directors and photographers liked shooting my stuff because of the ideas, composition, and design of my ideas. Six years ago I went back to a medium I remember liking in high school art class – scratchboard. I scratched some hot rods and bikes and showed them on hot rod forums. Other artists got excited for me and pushed me into making some prints and shirts to sell. Their enthusiasm psyched me up to be a better artist so I poured myself into making more.

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