Today on the I Left my Brains in San Francisco virtual book tour, I bring you my cover artist, George Silliman. George has done both covers for the zombie exterminator books. Welcome, George! To start, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a 39-year-old self-taught artist living in New York. My specialty is horror but I do venture out into other genres from time to time. I confess to having an endless passion for drawing and painting. I'm willing to try anything that allows me to experiment and further my boundaries as an artist. My fondness of horror influences every piece of my work.
I'm currently on the art staff of DAMNATION BOOKS and LNC STUDIOS. My artwork over the years has been published in many magazines and book covers. You can also visit me on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/george.silliman
1. You paint a lot horror themes. What is it about the subject matter that attracts you artistically?
There are no limitations in horror. You are only limited by your imagination. I feel drawing horror-related pieces is a good stress reliever from the everyday things that can stress a person out.
2. Why zombies? What do you find the most fun about drawing zombies?
This isn’t the first time I’ve been asked this question...there really is not an easy answer. I guess you can relate it to something like dressing up for Halloween. It’s fun ! Zombies are something that has stuck with me throughout my art career and I get asked to do them a lot. It’s something I never get tired of drawing. There are a lot of possibilities for a zombie drawing.
3. What’s the biggest challenge of drawing zombies or monsters?
This is a good question. When working for a publisher or author I find that sometimes putting their ideas onto paper can be challenging. I also find drawing something that has a lot of action the hardest for me.
4. What would be your dream assignment as an artist?
My dream assignment would be doing what I love with free artistic expression and getting paid for it. With that said, I will be drawing for as long as I can foresee regardless of pay. Art is something with in me. Part of me.
You can view George Silliman’s art at: http://georgesilliman.daportfolio.com