Interview with a Werewolf (Artist)
Vaughn Belak is a gifted artist who wants to bring the world a coffee table book of his artwork. Rather than wax poetic on why you should support him–even though I’m fairly good at waxing poetic–I figure that old adage about a picture being worth a thousand words is applicable here. I will intersperse snippets from a Q-and-A supplied to us by Mr. Belak with some shots of his work. Gorgeous, isn’t it?
Q= What are some of the monsters (general types or from specific movies or comics) you have painted?
B= I’ve painted most if not all of the major iconic monsters at least once. Nosferatu and the Bride of Frankenstein I have painted many times over as well as a few werewolves. My favorite movie monster is the Creature From the Black Lagoon and I have in fact painted him but once. I had to wait for awhile before I made the attempt as I woulda been pissed had I f*cked that one up.
Q= What are some of your favorite horror movies or books/comics?
B= My favorite horror movies are the classics. I love the old Universal films for how
perfectly flawed they all are. I love the lighting as well as the craft that went into the makeups. Recent films I love are things like 30 Days of Night, Near Dark and She Creature (Stan Winston was a genius).
Q= What drew you to painting iconic horror creatures?
B= What drew me towards monsters as a subject for my work was just a natural thing I guess. I have always been a horror fan as well as a bit of a comic nerd. I would watch
Creature Feature every Sunday as a kid in St Pete Fl. Dr Paul Bearer introduced me to all the classics that I still love today.
That’s the same way I came to know and love the classic Monsters, and as with Mr. Belak, they are my favorites as well. I had my own “Creature Feature” sort of television broadcast that I watched religiously. (So sad that those are extinct now!)
If you think Belak’s artwork is beautiful–and if you don’t get your eyes examined, pronto!–please consider backing his project here!