It is with my great pleasure that I have a new featured artist. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Len Peralta (@jawboneradio).
I became aware of Len about a year and a half ago, thanks to the wonderful musicians who are part of the Song Fu/ TMA/ DFTBA/ SpinTunes crowd. I knew that he had done some illustrations for Jonathan Coulton and that he had these projects called FlipFace and Monster By Mail, but I never really cared enough to pay close attention to his work.
And then w00tstock started, where he had designed the posters. I had also begun to notice album covers designed by him and became completely impressed with Len’s work when he started the Geek A Week trading card series. He is also a very accomplished book illustrator.
I think my reasons for being impressed with Geek a Week, and Len as a result, may not be why most people become fans of the series and Len. Sure, it’s cool seeing some of my favourite fellow geeks wonderfully illustrated, in an over the top fashion, accompanied by funny cardbacks and interesting podcasts. But seeing some of my favourite geeks isn’t what impressed me as I’m not really a “fan person”. What impressed me was the quality of his work and the time Len devoted to this project. Most of all, Len impressed me with his work ethic, drive and determination. As someone who has been doing something quite similar for almost 3 years now and coming up 2 years on this website, I know just how much work goes into this sort of feature.
This last week, Len finished up his Geek a Week series… well kinda. There are a few more special features to come. He wrote a blog, sharing how this journey has been for him. Click the clip on the left to read this blog.
Because of Len’s undeniable talent and work ethic, it is with my great pleasure to feature him here on Geeky Pleasures.
Below you will find his bio, some of his art and links to various places you can find him and his work. Also, don’t forget to tune into the Geeky Pleasures Radio Show, this Friday, March 4, 2011 at 7 pm PT/ 10 pm ET/ 3 am GMT, as Len sits down with me for a live interview/ co-host on The Force 925.
My name is Len Peralta and I am an Internet cartoonist.
I believe in many things. Ghosts. Elves. Bigfoot. But most of all, I believe in
making art affordable for everyone.
I’ve been very fortunate to do some interesting illustrations. I’ve drawn princes throwing up. I’ve drawn Internet rock stars dressed up in skin-tight catsuits. I have illustrated a few books. I’ve drawn art for a card game about medical malpractice. Even the New Yorker has shown off my stuff.
I’ve drawn hoboes and molemen and superheroes and video game characters. You know, all the stuff that would end up in the margins of your notebooks in grade school, high school and college. Somehow I’ve managed to eek a living out doing these things. No one is more amazed at this fact than I am.
One of the things I love about what I do is that I can wake up every day and never know what my pencils and art pens will be drawing that day. It’s almost as if they leave my drawing table at night on mad adventures to bring back incredibly geeky booty for me. I love them for that. Even though they are just inanimate objects.
If you like my work, please consider purchasing a piece of art for yourself I will gladly draw you a monster or perhaps even a twisted caricature of yourself. You could even hire me for a bigger project. And yes, while I do like goofy and interesting art, I do draw other things that aren’t geekish and strange. Just ask me.
Thanks for being interested in my work enough to read this. I appreciate all the support and encouragement I have been given about my art. If it wasn’t for your kind words, I’d probably be selling pants to old men.
TOOLS I USE:
2H and 4H Pencils. Watercolors. Faber-Castell Pitt Pens (size B, mostly). Micron pens for details (Size 005, 01, 02 and 03). Prismacolors. Wacom Tablet. Mac G5. I use any kind of cardstock I can find and smooth Bristol board for bigger projects.
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A subset of the monster gallery -- my take on the 1970s monster cereals.
Find Len at the following: