Biography:You want something to go with your words or something unrelated? Get Eric to draw it. Working hard to sculpt graphite on paper detailing many unique textures and shapes with the aim to join other talented artists in the galleries, on the walls, and inside printed pages. Ostracized from Green Bay for disinterest in football, Eric is an illustrator born and educated in the original dairy state with a degree in Illustration from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Visualizing all the fantastic and mundane worlds his brain can squeeze out for narrative driven traditional pieces that focus on craftsmanship and a steady, detail-oriented approach. Pencil plus paper. Reading audio books fill the room as the delicate scent of battery operated pencil sharpeners narrow the tips of poppy red pencils. Zoning out looking over the neighbors roofs as nuisance squirrels run off with the tended citrus fruits from our porch garden in turn venturing playfully into worlds of magical realism. The work is heavily influenced by classic fairy tales, mythologies, cryptozoology, and components of classic and contemporary cinema. From his earliest memories begging his mother to take him to see Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi standing eye level with a table covered in movie listings, a table which he draws on to this day. Literally draws on the surface of this table.
Illustration Blog: www.roguemeat.com
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Some Common Questions:
Q: Why is it you draw sooo small?
A: I use the bits that are left over from creating larger works in a sort of recycling/getting the most out of my materials sort of way. Plus they are more approachable for those who are unable to afford larger pieces but want something original!
Q: Do you show your work anywhere?
A: I have pieces all over in different places. Some local here in Milwaukee, some abroad like in England. In Germany throughout 2010, one of my pieces moved in a traveling exhibition with the folks from Style Needs No Color.
Q: What is an archival print?
A: A lot of standard home inkjet printers use dye-based ink which typically has a shorter life span. Archival based inks use pigments. Pigments are what gives oil paint, watercolour and pastels their vivid color and lifespan derived from natural and occasionally man-made compounds. My printer at WallBlank is located in Rockford, IL and uses such high quality processes to ensure longevity. Granted any original or printed art placed in direct sunlight will fade quicker.
Q: Where do you find work that you'd like on your walls?
A: As an artist, its hard to look around your room at your own walls with only your work on it so I reach out to various resources and places that inspire me.