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Ron English

Ron English

I have a master’s degree in Fine Art and art history. I was always a fan of heavy metal bands. At some point in my history a lot of the bands became fans of my art so I got to do their album covers. My technique involves oil on canvas, rather traditional glazing techniques… the subject tends to be less traditional. I build dioramas as studies, do photographs of the dioramas and use the photos as studies for the oil painting.

I have a very visceral and seductive style. Although the subject matter is often philosophical or intellectual, I want the experience of the piece to be more emotional.…

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Maxime Taccardi

Maxime Taccardi

To write a short bio, I studied art in college, my master thesis was about the monstrosity, and more especially about what is considered abnormal by common society. I'm currently an art teacher in middle school near Paris but my main goal is to keep going on art. My will and ambition is to create some sort of a Gesamtkunstwerk to quote Wagner, a total art with Synesthesia. My art consists of paintings, drawings but also short films, videos and music.

Maxime Taccardi: To me, blood is sacred, It is a way to give some of myself in my works. My visions come from my dreams for most of the time,…

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David Potvin

David Potvin

Thereafter, I’ve drawn to create and express my own reality, my personal vision of beings and things. And to confront the realities of everybody, to create a meeting, an echo... I’ve studied in an art school for 7 years learning drawing, painting, fine arts; then I entered a precision engineering school, which allowed me to understand the volume and material: metal. Later, I made an advertising design school, graphic design and computer graphics, and photography. Meanwhile, I learned sculpture by myself.

I mix up my practical, technical and theoretical. Each new project is a pretext to…

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Steve Myles

Steve Myles

Steve Myles is an illustrator from Leeds UK, he co-runs the independent clothing label/art collective Pyre Climber with his girlfriend Natassia Wild and spends most of his time doing artwork for bands/playing drums.

Steve Myles: I suppose it all comes from whatever drew you towards doing artwork in the first place. I've had a fascination with grim art since being a nipper, my favourite films/characters/comics/books always had an underlying dark theme. Guess heavy music lends itself to this too, perhaps a lot of people who find catharsis in heavier types of music find the same sort of…

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Realm of the Damned

Realm of the Damned

Realm Of The Damned is a unique graphic novel from the creative team of writer Alec Worley and illustrator Simon "Pye" Parr (2000 AD). Raw, fast-paced, and bristling with atmosphere, classic gothic monsters are unleashed for a modern rampage of redemption and damnation. It is a bloody and blasphemous epic that features appearances from heavy metal titans Behemoth, Emperor, and Mayhem. Realm of The Damned  is set in a dystopian world run by vampires. To make things worse, the most brutal vampire ever is brought back to life.  There is no one left to protect us from what lurks in the dark. The…

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Jimbob Isaac

Jimbob Isaac

I kept sketchbooks and drawing pads throughout my childhood, drawing the usual array of action heroes, zombies, vehicles, comic book characters and other such boyish things. For my GCSE projects at 15/16 years old in Swansea, I utilised my tech drawing lessons and drew up a portfolio of would-be guitar designs, Art Nouveau stage/backdrop designs and heavy metal hero portraits. I even copied a few Pushead covers, such as Metallica’s ‘Damage Inc.’ single cover. During my BTEC (Graphics) college course at age 16/17yrs (1993/4) I started to get taught how to use Rotring Isograph pens for…

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Godmachine

Godmachine

I have had some education in graphic design and film. Mostly it comes from sitting alone for days on end in a dark room. I put my drawings up online for people to see and was hired. A site called 'emptees' years ago helped spread my art.

The Wacom is about 20 years old and the computer is made from dead robots. I actually have a friend who fixes it all for me as I know nothing about computers.

Sometimes the band has a set brief and if I can't work with it I suggest other artists I think will be better at the job… free art direction! Sometimes we work on something together, sometimes I can do…

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Thomas Ambrose Denney

Thomas Ambrose Denney

Also, there were paintings and sculptures that my grandfather had made displayed proudly, and though he was gone, it was clear to me that I was a part of this family of artists, as it was given to me to express my own creativity through painting, it was always encouraged since day one. I became interested in monsters and skateboard art and thrash music at a very young age. Of course, I discovered Metallica and Pushead and realized that this was a career option. By the time I got to high school I was already creating comic books. I then began doing flyers and t-shirts for local garage bands…

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