Schock talks with horror artist Scott Andersen

Scott Andersen – Horror Artist

Some of the horror world gets overlooked by the masses. We all see the movies promoted heavily and the occasional book promoted heavily music also gets in there every so often depending on the name behind the band. Something that flies under the radar to the mainstream world is the horror fine arts.
There’s a few of us out here still pushing the pencils, brushes and other classic ways of making visual works of horror that bring joy to the hearts of this community. With the age of digital everything, the ways of traditional arts have gone by the wayside, again though there’s a few of us out here that as artists we need traditional to keep us sane. Sure digital is fun and easy and at our fingertips, but if you’re an artist you know the feeling it is to pick up a pencil and put it to paper, or a paintbrush to canvas. I’m not discrediting digital artists at all, but the traditional artist is still alive in all of us, some just lost it. Others, though, keep it thriving and one gentleman and a great friend of mine I’ll be talking with today is Scott Andersen.
Scott uses the pencils, pens, markers, paints, airbrush…etc etc etc. The ways of the old to do the art he does, as well as utilizing digital rendering for certain aspects, however, it is important to note that this guy although a jack of all trades, is a master with a good ole fashion number 2 pencil if that’s all he has.

Horror heroes - Artist: Scott Anderson

Lemmy of Motörhead - Artist: Scott Anderson

HoTS: Who have been the biggest inspiration/inspirations on your work?
SA: That’s a tough one. I think I really draw inspiration from all the artists I see. When I see an artist’s work that I love I try and take a little bit away from it that will help me push myself to be a better artist. Two artists that come to mind right away are Alex Ross and Nathan Thomas Milliner. Two great artists that always inspire me with their work. I think the trap that many artists fall into is seeing another artists work and comparing themselves to that artist. I have learned over the years that you can only compare your work to what you have done in the past.
HoTS: When I’m drawing if I’m not feeling it, I just don’t touch the pencil until it’s absolutely right I feel like it’s forced. Do you feel the same about it, or just pick up and go with it?
SA: I have been trying lately to draw, paint or do something creative every day. There are times where I don’t feel inspired or I just really need a break. I find that if I sit down to draw and it feels like a chore than maybe the time isn’t right. I have a tendency to want to try any and every kind of medium I can get my hands on which means I usually have at least two or three projects going on at a time.

The Periodic Table of Horror Movies - Artist: Scott Anderson

HoTS: I have seen many of your works and have loved them all, even the sports figures. The execution was spot on. So out of all the years you’ve been at this, what is your favorite piece?
SA: Oh boy…that is like asking me who’s my favorite member of Nickelback ( just kidding). Every piece that I create is special to me in one way or another. The pieces that I love the most are ones where I try new techniques or new medium or where I push myself to try something I have never done before. I have been working with black and white colored pencils on toned paper lately and I really love the results. If I had to pick on or two I would say [The] Periodic Table of Horror Movies and the custom Fright Night shoes I painted.

Fright Night shoes - Artist: Scott Anderson

Owner of Fright Night shoes - Artist: Scott Anderson

HoTS: When you started the Horror Artist Group on did you think it would ever grow to the numbers it has?
SA: It really has grown beyond what I ever thought it would. I started the group not only as a way for artists to share their work in a positive environment but also as a way for them to network and get feedback from other artists. For me, it has been a great place to share my work and I have also met some really great people. One of the coolest things was hooking up with Erica and Zack from Atomic Cotton and having one of my designs printed on a shirt. The networking for me is just as important as being able to share my work.
HoTS: Did you ever think the group would attract the attention of some of the bigger name artists that are in the group?
SA: Are you kidding me? I was surprised that I wasn’t the only member of the group! I feel that every artist in that group is amazing and if we can pull in some big name artists well even better!

Blondie - Artist: Scott Anderson

HoTS: How do you feel about the way sites like RedBubble and TeePublic are for the independent artist community?
SA: For me, it has been amazing. I have had great success on both sites. They are a great means of exposure and can really bring in some great revenue. It makes me happy to see so many people buying my work. Unfortunately, there can be a downside to these sites as well. With the ease of these sites also comes the ability for some folks out there to blatantly steal other artists work and pass it off as their own. I think that if used correctly and if the company is legitimate than it is a great tool for any artist.

Bride of Frankenstein - Artist: Scott Anderson

HoTS: Do you feel horror art should have a spot with the likes of music, comics, and movies? Or should it stay low key as it has for the longest time?
SA: I don’t think it’s a matter of being low key, I think that the horror genre itself has always struggled to be recognized. I feel that great art is great art no matter the theme. There are some great horror artists like Basil Gogos, H.R. Giger, and Bernie Wrightson who helped to push horror artwork into the mainstream. Horror and dark subject matter have always been an influence in art even going as far back as artists like Caravaggio and Albrecht Durer. Go back and look at their work…that is some creepy shit! I think the important thing is to put out great artwork. That is how we as artists can push horror artwork to the forefront.
HoTS: Horror Conventions are a hot spot for artists to sell prints and things. How do you see this helps the art world? Or is it something more of a competition between artists?
SA: Conventions are a tricky subject. I haven’t had the opportunity to vend at a convention, but many of my artist friends have stopped going to conventions for a number of reasons. The fees are getting higher and higher, and with so many different vendors and with celebrities charging more and more for autographs it seems that people have less to spend on merchandise. You really need to stand out with your work if you are going to make any money at a convention. It is a great place, however, to get your name out and network with other artists. I feel that you have to go to a convention with very low expectations.
HoTS: You’re a huge advocate against artists stealing others work. How does it make you feel when you’re at a convention and you see someone selling multiple prints of movie posters, but then see fellow independent artists work in their collection?
SA: Anyone who steals someone else’s work is NOT an artist. They are purely and simply a thief. The advent of social media has really made it easy for people to steal artists work and hard for artists to crackdown on art thieves. Unfortunately, stolen artwork has become almost the norm. I think the real solution to the problem is for fellow artists to work as a group and call out thieves when they find them. There is power in numbers.

Vincent Price - Artist: Scott Anderson

HoTS: You use many mediums to make your work. Do you feel like an endangered species of sorts because it’s mostly traditional methods?
SA: I don’t think so. Good art is good art no matter if it is traditional or digital. I have done a few pieces digitally and I really enjoyed it. For me, it is all about pushing myself to try new areas and new mediums. Being able to work digitally makes me a more well-rounded artist. I love trying things that I am uncomfortable with. It makes me work harder and is really satisfying in the end. With that being said I have seen some folks who take a photo, throw a couple filters on it in Photoshop and call it art. There is no skill or artistic ability in that.
HoTS: Which is your favorite medium?
SA: I will always love graphite. It is how I started. I have recently started working with colored pencils, and I want to try to get back into mask making which is something that I have always loved but haven’t done in years.
HoTS: Over the years being friends with you, I’ve seen a lot of fantastic ideas come from your work. What drives these ideas?
SA: The countless voices in my head!! Honestly, I get my ideas from many different places. Many times other artists work will inspire me to come up with cool ideas, other times I just get bursts of inspiration. I have a black composition book that I carry with me that I write down all my ideas as they come to me so I won’t forget anything.

Kurt Cobain - Artist: Scott Anderson

HoTS: Going back to the Horror Artists group, do you feel that group has helped you grow as an artist? Do you feel it’s helped the community of lowly horror artists grow themselves?
SA: I think that our little group has had a great effect on everyone. I know for me personally, it has been a great source of inspiration. I have seen some really fantastic pieces. What really makes me proud is the fact that it really is a judgment-free zone. Members can post their work without worrying about bullying or abusive comments. I run a pretty tight ship. If you can’t play by the rules then you are gone. As I mentioned before it really is nice that I have been able to meet so many great artists.

- Artist: Scott Anderson

HoTS: Any advice for aspiring young or even older artists that want to get their name out?
SA: My biggest advice is to never underestimate, or undervalue yourself. There will be artists out there that you feel are better than you are but always remember that there is someone else out there who looks up to you and your work. Also, keep pushing yourself to try new things and challenge yourself. Surround yourself with positive people and above all NEVER work for free. Your time and talent is worth the money!

The Omen lunchbox - Artist: Scott Anderson


It’s been a great pleasure knowing this fine gentleman of an artist for the past few years, and actually digging deeper into this creative mind has also been something completely awesome. If anything can be taken from this, is that keeping art alive and bringing back to the forefront of the horror world the art and the magic that it brings. Movies are cool, music is cool, but let’s face it. Looking at a finely drawn picture of either an original design or someone’s unique take on a beloved character really makes you smile inside.

H.P. Lovecraft's Re-Animator lunchbox - Artist: Scott Anderson

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I'm an artist, specializing in illustration both digitally and traditionally. I also write short stories as well as for On top of all this I make music. Punk rock/Hardcore mostly and now dipping into thrash and death metal. I have a kid, I'm diabetic, I'm straight edge.. That's pretty much it for who I am and what I do.

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