I have always been a art lover. We have quite the odd collection or art pieces at my house. My husband have different taste but we display everything. I even have a print of the piece above displayed at home. :)
I know people say do not judge a book by a cover but I will be honest I sometimes pick up a book solely based on the cover. I love cover art. I love seeing a glimpse of the what is to come in the book.
On thing I have always loved about Seventh Start Press is the amazing art that can be found in their books. I love that they have not only amazing cover art but they even have some art pieces throughout the book to experience along the way. Also available for each title is a set of art cards that are amazing. And you can buy larger versions of some of the art pieces as posters or T-shirts. So after you love a SSP title you can fondly remember it with a poster or proudly wear it as a t-shirt.
But as I said I was lucky enough to get to interview Bonnie. I had heard she was a comic fan but man was I excited when she told me who her favorite comic book hero is. Kudos to Bonnie for that, amazing art and winning at Dragon*Con. So with no further ado, I bring you Bonnie Wasson.
Bonnie Wasson was born in Dallas, Texas. From an early age, her mother’s love of science fiction and fantasy left an indelible mark on what would eventually become an intense love for all things nerd. Being exposed to the artistic beauty of animated Disney movies, the complex details of comic book heroes and the strange new worlds of Star Trek, Bonnie found that drawing fit her need for creative expression.
She graduated from college with a shiny BFA degree and is working in the print industry as a graphic designer. She has recently found a small niche in creating illustrations for book covers and interiors, as well as participating in art shows for science fiction and fantasy conventions.
Bonnie currently resides in Eugene, Oregon with her husband and her lovable (and sometimes diva) Labrador Retriever.
When did you decide to become an artist?
I'm not sure if I can pinpoint the exact moment, but there was a strong inclination to win all of the art contests in elementary school. I won a few and it fed into my confidence. I remember trying extremely hard to create a work of art that would grace the cover of the yearbook, but I was never picked. I never knew who did the picking, but it might have had something to do with my mother being a teacher at the same school. I was way too young to understand what a "conflict of interest" might have meant.
From then on, I found I could draw pretty good imitations of a handful of Disney characters (mainly Bambi and the Little Mermaid- four legs to no legs, the entire gamut, it seemed). I eventually moved on to cartoons, then comics and so on.
Where did you train?
I went to the University of Kentucky with full expectations to become a graphic designer. The program at that time wasn't a strong one and I ended up with a degree in the fine arts. You got to stick your fingers into all sorts of mediums, but I narrowed it down to drawing and printmaking.
How did your training influence you?
Where do you get your ideas?
What artist or artists inspired you?
How did you decide on this medium?
In all honesty (and some may say it's a stupid reason), I picked up working digitally because of color. Yep, the Roy G. Biv scares the crap out me. I was never really good at color theory and picking colors that worked together. I'm still rather pathetic and I've always been crap at painting with the real stuff. I began to experiment with a tablet and Photoshop. It was so cool and I began to use Photoshop for everything except what it is named for (photography is way out my league). This new insight helped me overcome some of my fear of messing up an expensive piece of drawing paper or canvas. It's irrational, but it's true.
Don't succumb to CMD+Z! It will spoil you! I've really tried to not let that happen. This digital stuff is self-taught and I'm always looking for ways to improve. I'm slowly training myself to not rely on that particular command and concentrating on making good decisions with my "stylus" strokes. I still say that if CMD+Z helps alleviate some creative pressure, have at it. Whatever steps or tools help one to expand their artistic talent, go for it. Adding the digital medium to the tactile skills of drawing with a pencil have drastically helped my art creation in ways that I never expected. There is always room for improvement in my work and I always need practice. It's a never-ending, glorious circle.
Where do you do your work?
What technique do you use?
Which is more important to you, the subject of your painting, or the way it is executed?
Do you prefer a perfect smooth technique or a more energetic expressive technique and why?
What genre do you like doing cover art for the most?
Tell us about your Dragon Con award?
Do you have a favorite cover or illustration you have done? Do you have a fave that someone else has done?
Do you read the books you are illustrating or do you let the author describe the scene?
Who is your favorite comic book hero?
Thank you Bonnie for taking the time to answer my questions. And I always had a crush on Burt Ward too. LOL
You can find Bonnie and more SSP Art here: