By Jordan Gerdes
Today we have Becky Doyon, an artist that specializes in horror related art pieces!
FOF: First and foremost, tell us about yourself
BD: I’m an artist from Maine who creates mostly horror related digital and traditional art. I like to try new things with techniques, tools and mediums, so I go back and forth between different styles.
FOF: What do you do? And why do you like it?
BD: I create a lot of monsters/skulls because those are the things that I like. I’ve always been a big fan of horror, so that’s most of what I create. I like visually dark things.
FOF: Explain a little bit of your process? Where do you find your inspiration?
Most of the time, I start out sketching what I want on paper. From there, I’ll decide where I plan to go with it (digital or traditional). With digital, I’ll scan it and work from it in Illustrator. If I’m sticking to traditional, I’ll usually work with pencil and add the shading.
My biggest inspiration is horror movies, but I do get some inspiration from horror books (Stephen King, Jack Ketchum and Otsuichi) and music (Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper and Lordi). I’m also inspired by other horror/dark artists like: Gerard Way, Rob Zombie (again), Terrance Zdunich, Basil Gogos, Odilon Redon, Richard Bosman, Edward Gorey, Tim Burton, and HR Giger.
FOF: What drew you to horror in the first place?
BD: I’ve always liked dark things. I think part of what drew me in was watching Stephen King movies on TV When I was a kid (even though I wasn’t allowed to watch It until I was older). I also liked watching the old classics. King Kong was my favorite.
FOF: What is your favorite horror work? (Movie, Show, Art, Book, whatever you want)
BD: Either Goth by Otsuichi (book) or Phantasm
FOF: What has been your favorite thing you have gotten to work on doing this?
BD: I have an ongoing series of Disney zombies that I’m pretty proud of because I like mixing things that shouldn’t be put together. I add new ones when I have time.
FOF: What role do you think your specific style of art plays in the community overall?
BD: I think the style I work most in works best on apparel. I’ve been doing a lot of digital work lately that, I think, will work best on tshirts.
FOF: Anything you are working on that you want to highlight?
BD: Right now, I’m working on some new designs that will be available in my store soon. I’m also having fun drawing some movie monsters for Monstober.
FOF: : If you could do anything with any horror franchise, what would it be?
BD: I would design posters, apparel, movie covers etc… for the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise because I like the way it combines horror and comedy, and I think there are a lot of directions I could go with the art for it.
FOF: Anything else you’d like to say?
BD: I started out drawing Looney Tunes and Disney characters, and somehow we ended up here.
Thank you so much to Becky for talking to us and sharing her art!
Stay tuned for more creators this month!