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Artist #13: Ben Templesmith

10 Apr

After a busy and tiring two weeks, I can at last post the remainder of the interviews I have ready and waiting for you all. I feel terrible that these have been in draft hell for weeks but they are most definitely worth the wait! Today, I’m featuring none other than Ben Templesmith, artist extraordinaire! His distinctive style can be seen among the pages of Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, 30 Days of Night, Welcome to Hoxford and Choker, as well as inked onto some folks’ skin!  The fact that he’s also in a relationship with Geek Girl on the Street favourite Molly McIsaac only adds to his abundance of awesome points. I’m a massive fan of his art so getting this interview with him certainly prompted a “jinkies!” or two from me!

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What first interested you in art?
I have no idea. I tend to think art picks you. It’s a sort of compulsion really, to draw, paint, dance, whatever…been drawing since a very young age, couldn’t tell you why, I just always loved it. Art, obviously, is beautiful so it’s easy to be interested in it.


Did you get much encouragement to continue or make a career out of it?
Oh, enough I guess. I new I was ok in school and my parents supported my passions.


Have you studied art or are you self taught?
Studied design at University, which is sort of related and I got some good things from it, but true drawing wise, no real formal training apart from some life drawing classes really.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
A small boy in Botswana?
No idea. small things, random times. All depends.

Who are some of your favourite artists?
Ralph Steadman, Klimt, Victor Ambrus, Paul Pope, a bunch!

What are your hopes for your career’s future? Any dream projects?
Right now? Just being productive. I haven’t been of late and I’d like to get some new projects out of me if I can.

Which of your pieces or projects are you most proud of?
Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse.

How would you describe your style?
Moody and sketchy… but it’s not up to me. It’s how others see it that matters.

What drew you more to comic book illustration than other areas of art?
Its a visual storytelling medium…and I like to tell stories.

What’s your favourite medium to work in?
Pen and pencil, with a dash of watercolour.

Are you working on anything at the moment?
Too many little things for lots of little projects. And… some Wormwood Gentleman Corpse too.

Can you give me an idea of your creative process?
Not too much. That’s a pretty involved question really. I just plot, draw, then feed it all into the computer to colour.

How did you get your career start?
My work was seen online and a job opening came up that I was asked to try for… and I got it. Hellspawn. After/during that, I did a small book that got a movie deal and sort of blew up, called 30 Days of Night… that sort of gave me the profile that led to a career really.

Ben’s twitter | facebook | tumblr | deviantART | Formspring (art,work) | Formspring (silly)


@IndywoodFILMS 72-hour Tweetathon!

18 Oct

By now, any self respecting movie fan must be growing weary of movies that are, well, just plain bad. Every year Hollywood releases an onslaught of “high octane techo thrillers”, a barrage of “touching romances” and a healthy dose of “heart-stopping horrors”.

Now, if we’re honest, how many of these deliver what they promise?

Not too many. And yet we continue to feed the already bloated and big-headed film industry that hasn’t done all that much for us lately. Sure, we get a few gems, and there are quite a few flicks that are watchable but I wouldn’t want in my collection (and if you’ve seen my collection, that’s saying something!).

Why do so many still flock to the cinema to see something that we know will be awful, but “good for a laugh”? On a few occasions I’ve done this..and the films didn’t even offer a chuckle or two. And these were comedies for crying out loud! A lot of people, not just the big wigs with all the cash, are a little wary about independent movies. The general feeling ‘independent’ gives off is either that of some bad film college short or pretentious artsy pieces of cinema that only the oh-so-cool-but-not-cool-at-all get, or at least let on to. 

But no, that is not the be all and end all of independent movie-making. There are original thinkers with fresh new ideas and an energy and enthusiasm that’s since left many of today’s Academy Award nominees. They deserve a chance, for someone to believe in their project and take a risk. Sadly, this doesn’t happen enough but these driven folk aren’t going to back down. One such independent filmmaker is Anthony Lane, or AD Lane.

He will be doing a completely crazy 72 hour tweetathon starting tomorrow (Oct 19th)! That’s three days of solid tweeting!

Why, you may be asking. Fair question. Well, he’ll be undertaking this insane mission to raise money and awareness for his debut horror film Invasion Of The Not Quite Dead – which has Zach Galligan attached. Are y’all telling me you don’t wanna see this movie based on that alone!?

It’s already receiving support from heavies, like  Oscar Nominated Ken Russell, Hollywood actor Kevin Pollack, talk show host Jonathan Ross & Hollywood Special FX make up artist & actor (and not-so-guilty pleasure dreamboat of mine)  Tom Savini!

You know you wanna be half as cool as the people on that list. Or at least cool by association.

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So, you know where you have to be (or at least for some of the time)..


Tuesday – October 19 – Midnight

For 3 full days!

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And if you ‘re planning on making a contribution towards this great project, you can donate by going to  www.indywood.co.uk

There’s an option of giving what you can, or a pre-order producer package (cue, “ooooh!”

If you can’t give anything, donate some of your time. Follow him on twitter, send him a tweet of encouragement ..or just watch him slowly lose his mind via the webcam. You can also join the Indywood Films mailing list; you’ll be in the know and will be entered into monthly prize draws! (another “ooooh!”) The choice is yours!

And don’t forget to spread the word!


Alrighty, well.. the countdown is on….

God speed, Anthony!

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