Bob Eggleton is one of the most decorated fantastical artists in recent history and has won a literal passel of awards. His art can be seen on the covers of magazines and books, Magic the Gathering cards, private commissions and conceptual art for movies and thrill rides.
Bob's drawings and paintings cover a wide range of science fiction, fantasy and horror topics - depicting everything from space ships, robots, alien worlds and inhabitants, dragons, vampires and other fantasy creatures.
His view of space ships is that they should look organic, and claimed as a child that he was disappointed with the space shuttles and rockets that NASA produced; they were nothing like lovely shapes the fantasy artists of the twenties and thirties had promised.
His fascination with dragons also originated with his childhood interest of dinosaurs. Additionally he is an enormous Godzilla fan and worked as a creative consultant on the American remake. While in Japan he appeared as an extra in one of the more recent films. He's even had an asteroid named in his honor!
What is the most exciting thing you've learned recently?
I have re-learned, in fact, working with acrylics, thanks to not working with oils as much. I approach them in a whole new way and for me it is exciting and fun. I love working in all different mediums because it breaks up routines and keeps things interesting.
How do you battle rough patches? What drives you forward?
I draw things. I mean, I just use a pad of paper and sketch ideas very roughly, and it kind of gets me excited to move forward on other things. I am a very workman-like artist - I work 9 to 5. I get the work done, and tend to worry about things later.
What do you wish you had known earlier in your career?
Nothing really...only back in the day, things were entirely different. No internet, etc... I suppose maybe I wish I had gone to more SF cons earlier in my career because they had the best art shows, and amazing works by all the legendary names who were just starting off. I did realize early on that "art school" at that time (the 70s) was really not good. It was all about non-representational work. Realist work only came back into favor in the later 90s.
What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Always use common sense. My dad instilled this in me. It works all the time in whatever you do: art, and just everyday life itself.
At this stage in your career, what is your dream project?
I have "dream projects" every year!!! Right now, to do some really epic HP Lovecraft illustrations. I love that kind of stuff. And to do some really epic personal works. I am in a position that I don't take on anything that would simply be something I can't bring anything to, because in the end, no matter how much money it is, you hate it. I love to love what I have done because when that happens everyone can tell what you loved...and what you didn't.
What's one thing your students will take away from your workshop?
I hope they get the feeling of what it's like to look at their work in a classical sense. Meaning going back to the 1800s for inspiration. This is what I have done and it's really invigorated me and gave me my own style. We'll also go over some common sense business related tips. -
- I will also be critiquing my student's work - suggesting alternate ideas and solutions. We are ALL learning. The thing to remember is that we are *always* learning. You will continue learning all the way until the end.
Bob Eggleton's upcoming workshop Mixing it Up:Classical Techniques for Creating Fantasy Genre Paintings will be held Friday-Sunday, November 14-16.