Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Interview with Macabre Creations

With a name like Macabre Creations, how could I not feature this artist? I am so glad they accepted my invitation for an interview. I dont want to keep you from the dark treat... so here we go!
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Bio: 
Hi, my name is Ron. I am an artist; I sculpt, paint, fabricate, and design stuff for the motion picture and theme-park industries. After 20 years of honing skills, learning tricks, and trying different mediums, I have come to the conclusion that I love making art! I work out of a small industrial studio/shop located in Santa Fe Springs, California. I haven’t had a favorite color for years. This is because I have come to appreciate the qualities of colors and I like different ones for the different feelings that they evoke. Color can be magical, it can be dark, it can be a beacon of hope, it can express excitement, or it can be silly! I love manipulating colors to convey emotions. I love animals, all kinds! Over the years I have had many types of pets(dogs, cats, rats, mice, fish, chinchillas, hedge hogs, snakes, ducks, spiders, even a pet slug for a while) but currently I have only one pet … she is a super kind-hearted, fun-loving, and adorable flat-coat retriever named “Lucy”.

How did you find Etsy? How long have you been selling on Etsy?
My mother-in-law suggested that I sell my items on Etsy. She usually is right about these sorts of things, but as usual I procrastinated for a while. When I finally did check out Etsy I realized that Etsy rocks!!! =) I have only been part of the etsy community for about six months … so I am still a noob!

How would you describe your style?
I tend to create items that are based in the fantasy, science fiction, and horror genres. I like making things that are macabre, odd, or whimsical in nature … or sometimes all three at once. Most of the art I create tends to be three-dimensional which gives me the opportunity to sculpt and paint. I like details and I often create art that is useable in some way.

Have any other artists etc influenced your style?
I studied art history in high school and college and have many, many, many artists whose work I love! I love art and those who make it in almost any form!

How long have you been creating?
I have created art my entire life. My parents still have some random blocks of wood glued to another block of wood which were then haphazardly painted with yellow and blue Tempera paint … one of my earliest creations in preschool. I like to think that my style is a bit more refined in the art I do today … but the creativity behind the art has always been there!

Have you had any mentors, or are you self taught?
As far as direct influence goes … I absolutely believe that the two artists who have had the greatest influence on my style and on me following my love of art onto a career path were my two high school art teachers Mrs. Alban and Miss Quinn. They helped me to open my eyes and my mind and view the world through the perspective of an artist! I also had a lot of support from my uncle Fred. He is an amazingly talented artist and made a career of teaching and mentoring up-and-coming artists.

Do you sell more at one time of year than others?
I do enjoy creating products that are considered “dark” in nature. For that reason, I think autumn tends to be the busiest time of the year for me!

What is one thing about your creative process that you think most people don't know?

While I enjoy creating art that forces the viewer to have an emotional response (particularly with my “dark” products and make-up effects) the truth is that I actually disdain violence and real life carnage. All the disturbing stuff that tends to be the focal point of our modern news really is rather disgusting to me.

What kind of custom work do you do most often? What has been your favorite
custom order?

Surprisingly, at this point in time, I haven’t had any custom orders through Etsy.

Do you have a favorite item you have made?
It seems like every time I make something new … it becomes my newest favorite item!

What is the best reaction you have gotten from one of your pieces?
Well the absolute favorite reaction I have ever experienced was from my nieces. I created these pirate-like treasure chests, one for each of them. My wife and I then buried them and made a scavenger hunt and treasure map for them. My nieces were so excited when they finally discovered the chests that they were actually squealing with joy! That was a really fun day!!!

And finally, I just want to mention my wife. None of what I do would be possible without her continued support. She inspires me to make art. She puts up with my weirdness and odd sense of humor. She allows me to work ridiculous hours to meet the difficult schedules and deadlines that are so common in the entertainment industry. Often times she even jumps right in and grabs a paint brush, or tool to physically contribute to a project. I owe most of my success and accomplishments to her. She is my Muse!