Artist and illustrator, Marcus Jones founder of ScreamingDeamons.co.uk graciously took time to answer questions about his frightfully intriguing art. Be sure and check out the slideshow to see more of Marcus’s work.
How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it?
That’s something I often have to do when people ask about job and I’m not getting any better at it. I say things like :- ‘Zombiefied Pin-up Girls with a modern twist’ and ‘tattooed Rockabilly monsters’ …or even ‘B-Movie Horror Rock’n’ Roll Trash’, I can’t do any better than that I’m afraid !
What mediums do you use to create your art?
I’ll do a rough pencil sketch and then the rest is done using Photoshop. I sometimes paint on canvas but I prefer the speed of digital painting.
Where do the ideas/inspiration for your work come from?
My ideas come from years of digesting horror films, comic books and loud music I think. I often think about what it is that I want to see on my living room wall or what T-shirt I want to wear and make it happen.
What is the most challenging part of the portrait painting process?
I guess painting hair would be the short answer, there’s always stuff to learn and improve on. I do enjoy painting portraits, when people ask for one of my works they know they’re either gonna end up evil or dead and that’s a lot of fun to do. I can’t seem to do a straight looking portrait, before you know it there’s blood and an eyeball hanging out!
What type of art/art movement inspires you?
Lowbrow Art, Pinups, tattoo flash and I love looking through old 50s photographs. There are musical influences also from The Cramps and the Sex Pistols and loads more. Artists inside the establishment that I like are the Chapman brothers and Franko B, but generally you would never see the art I enjoy in a mainstream gallery, at least I can’t remember the last time I saw a tattooed zombie pinup in a art gallery ?
Your work has a horror/rockabilly/ sensibility can you talk a little about how these movements/genres have inspired you?
My art just brings all the visual elements together that I enjoy, I believe that my obsessions were formed at an early age with Hammer horror films and old rock’n’roll records and films. I started going to tattoo conventions when I was about twenty and that had a strong affect on what sort of art I wanted to make.
Favorite horror movie/monster?
My favourite horror monster would be Frankenstein’s monster because I too have been chased by angry villagers with flaming torches, I’ve always really identified with him because he’s an outsider and he’s misunderstood by the mob. My favourite horror movie would be John Landis’s film ‘American werewolf in London’ because I find it so watchable, I’ve probably seen it about 40 times. I love the comedy/horror combination of ‘American werewolf’ and ‘Sean of the dead’ and that’s something I try to put into my art.
Where is your current inspiration coming from?
I swing like a pendulum between cheesecake pinups to gothic horror images and back again. I think it depends what music I’ve been listening to. At the moment I’m feeling dark and angry because the police have censored a window design I did for a Tattoo shop following a few complaints.
What are three things you cannot live without?
Aside from my wife and son it would be my wine music and liberty.
What is your favorite work of art that you have created?
A piece called ‘Tattooed Monster’ it’s a police mugshot of a mean looking Frankenstein’s monster. It’s doing really well as a poster print at the moment. I took my inspiration from an vintage photo of a heavily tattooed guy and of course the film.
Who are three artists/musicians that have inspired/influenced you?
Only three ? … ok, Artists would be Francisco de Goya, Vince Ray and Eric Stanton.
What does being brave mean to you?
Standing alone in the world and living the life you choose and not going along with the crowd because it’s easy and safe.
What’s next for you in 2013?
I’m gonna start getting around the Tattoo Expo’s and try and get an exhibition together somewhere. LA would be my number one choice as that’s where I seem to sale most of my art.
Where can my readers find you online?
My website is screamingdemons.co.uk and you can find all my other websites in the links section.