It’s not weird, it’s art! I’ve been interested in all manner of strangeness from an early age. It was my father, rest his soul, who introduced my young creative mind to Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and UFOs. I don’t remember when I first had an interest in spooky, mysterious things. I guess it was always with me.
When the Scholastic book sale (any of my older audience remember that?) happened each year in elementary school I’d bring home a wish list to collect money from my mom. She never balked that I hadn’t ordered anything “normal” like some book of poetry. She readily approved purchases for books like The Ghost Ship and other Ghostly Stories, and vinyl LPs like Scary Spooky Stories, and Great Ghost Stories, by tsome company named Troll Records. Listening to these spooky tales told by such great voice actors with creepy music and sound effects really had an effect on me. The art intrigued and the production inspired my young mind.
My early introduction to the so-called “Strange and Unexplained” continued with more books and stories from the likes of H.P. Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce (again, thanks Dad!), and then movies, which led to all other areas of high strangeness. The Legend of Boggy Creek and Creature from Black Lake turned me on to bigfoot. More mysteries!
So it was, and is… I love scary and mysterious stuff. I’m inspired by all of the beautifully creepy art and images in old horror comics and magazines like Creepy and Eerie.
For me it’s more than just fun, it’s the wonder of our world, the unknown and the strange. The mysteries that come during the night. It’s the suspension of disbelief, and the thrill. It’s part of who I am and I won’t change that for anybody. I might not believe it, but I love it.
It’s been a tough year with the COVID lockdown. We’ve been pulled out of our ordinary lives into this social-distanced, masked-up reality to protect ourselves and defeat this pandemic. I’ve been busy with things that have unfortunately taken me away from my art, but I am looking forward to getting back to the drawing board, literally, and conjuring up more scary, spooky monstrosities for you.
Stay tuned, and stay safe. Follow WindyCinder Studios on Facebook for updates and new designs. – Drew