Who’s BoBzilla you may ask ? Well he is better known as world famous artist, Bob Eggleton !
but those of us who know Bob, know that Godzilla runs in his veins 😉 Heck the studio that makes Godzilla films, Toho, has Bob’s art work hanging in its studio as inspiration of what Godzilla could and should be ! Recently Bob and his equally talented wife, Marianne visited me
… I’ve got a small collection of Bob’s art on my wall, classic pieces of Hedorah (the Smog Monster ), Godzilla, and Ultraman !
Of course they signed the 7 foot tall Mirrorman figure
.. at lunch we talked about Japanese toys, film and art… ah, art .. both Bob and I are in total agreement that the days of the classic illustrator artist is a very rare thing. Now what i mean is a traditional artist .. one who does most all the phases of the actual art without a computer. Ya, you’ve heard me say this before .. I prefer the Human touch to the Digital touch. Yes, as I was corrected on Twitter, digital is done by hand .. but, I mean by human hand with pencil or paint to paper or canvas. And no final tweaking or scanning in photoshop, ha-ha … when it’s done it’s done .. it is a piece of art and that piece of art is unique and totally original. If you bought it than you can truly say you are the only owner of this painting or drawing ! and if you could see Bob’s originals in person, the depth to the paint, the texture to Bob’s highlights .. all create a very 3 dimensional experience .. something that you know about if you’ve seen a classic painting in a museum .. sorry, not even a giclee can replicate this.
Ah, but time marches on .. I admire that Bob is still at the game after nearly 30 years .. I folded my freelance career some 12 years ago now … I still do paintings, but they are for my toy company and for myself, mostly. It was great to get his perspective and experience on his career. I am glad that I was able to freelance for over 12 years and taste a bit of that life .. it actually taught me to make changes on the fly, and to deal with that classic New York type of art director (!) ha-ha … I think us west coasters are too “nice” as it were .. but i digress … funny thing is I still get under the gun and have to whip out an illustration in a few hours.. so the clients change but not the deadlines !
I’m not saying digital is not good, far from it .. i’ve seen some digital work that is impressive, but the old school in me just doesn’t get the same feeling from it. There really is no solution to any of this, it is what it is .. those of us who do what we do will continue to do it that way and maybe long enough to see the trend swing back .. but we know deep down inside when all the power goes out we can still draw or paint , and not worry about hitting the “save” button !