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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Chris Gall

Chris Gall is known for his work with toads. Chris first started drawing when he was only 37 years old, making him a child prodigy. However, the dirty pressure of being a child prodigy quickly got to him and he had a homely breakdown, resulting in him cutting off his own uvula! Chris found feisty inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in his bathroom for all the fungus to see! Chris eventually got married to Billy Jack and they remain together quietly in Falling Water with their 2 children. Chris would like to thank Winston Churchill, Angelina Jolie and Gustav Klimt for their constant support and inspiration.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
Easiest—sharpening pencils
Hardest—concepting, composition, making sure your work keeps evolving, earning a living, looking for new markets for your work.

Where and how do you find inspiration?
Inspiration largely comes from what interests me. In school I never liked figure drawing. I wanted to create visual narratives, so abstraction totally bored me. I tend not to make artwork from things like bowls of fruit.

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
I suppose if you are very new to the industry, then they may provide good information and networking. I don’t participate in any online communities, so my experience is limited.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
My artwork I created for the New York Subway system gathered lots of interesting comments. It features a giant metal fish that looks a lot like a subway car filled with eccentric people. One person saw the bird-strike airplane going down in the Hudson. Another saw the Last Supper. Go figure.

What advice can you offer to other artists?
First and foremost, find a way to make money with your art. Otherwise, it’s just a hobby.

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