Inktober Artist Spotlight: Remy Lexington
Meet another force behind Team Psyop's Inktober
While Psyop only crowned one official winner of Inktober, the range of mind-blowing artwork that graces our album is the result of a handful of talent that roams within these Psyop studio walls every day. Back to introduce you to more of the family, we now turn our focus on Remy Lexington! Known to jump between bold, color-packed pieces and delicate, black-and-white sketches, Remy does a little bit of everything; and he was cool enough to dive into detail with us.
If you could describe your artistic style with 3 words, what would they be?
Well, I kinda have 3 different styles that I usually work with. One of them is black and white line drawings, as with the Inktobers, the other is all about shapes and colors, and my third style is much more painterly.
What artists or collections do you look to for inspiration?
I have always loved Frank Frazetta’s work. My father used to own his books and I would look at them for hours when I was little. The way he handled Sci Fi and Fantasy was always perfect to me. I also love Yoshitaka Amano. He has done work for Final Fantasy, Sandman, and Vampire Hunter D. He does a lot of character designs however his work is very sketchy, painterly and flamboyant, almost dream like. His pieces are more straight up works of art then they are character designs. Im also a big fan of the Miyazaki films from Studio Ghibli. The worlds they create are just so beautiful, I want to live in them. Sometimes my work can be a bit dark and I think that has to do with my fondness of Jhonen Vasquez’s work: Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and Invader Zim.
When did you know that this was the path you wanted to take in your career?
When I was little I would look for toys that I owned that were similar to the shows and cartoons I just watched and act them out. If I couldn’t find the action figures that worked I would sit down and try to draw out the scenes. Ever since I realized I could do that and create my own worlds I was hooked. I don’t remember exactly when it was but once I found out that this could be my job, I was like “Yep that’s what I wanna do. I wanna make things.”
Describe your creative process from dreaming up something new all the way to getting it onto the paper.
I am a big fan of puns so sometimes it'll be a play on words in my head that will sometimes invoke an image. I once drew a Sand Witch Sandwich. Other times, I’ll just get an idea of something and the more I think about it the more the image takes form in my head. Sometimes I will ask myself what I would like to draw or what have I never drawn and would it be interesting. Or maybe it's something that sounds so ridiculous that I just have to draw it. One time I thought about a Shark riding on a Unicorn. That sounded pretty crazy so I wanted to see what it would actually look like. As I am drawing more of what the picture is suppose to be comes to me. Sometimes I'll actually get other ideas of something else I should draw while I am drawing. Either while I am drawing or afterwards I will decide if I want to ink it, make it more graphical in illustrator, or paint it in Photoshop. Sometimes I’ll try all three depending on how much time I have.
Pick one of your Inktober pieces and explain what thought went into creating it and why it’s your pick.
“Hungry”. With most of this years Inktobers, I found myself repeating the word over and over in my head. Trying to find a play on words or just hoping some image would pop into my brain. At first I was having trouble coming up with something which seems silly because I mean, you can think of a lot of things that are hungry. Hippos, Sharks, Dinosaurs, etc. But none of those really popped to me. I just didn't know what I would have them doing. I mean I know they would be eating something, but what would be interesting for them to eat or to draw it in an interesting way? So its October and I was sitting on my bed thinking of something to draw watching TV. Of course an advertisement for Walking Dead comes on. That's when it hits me, A Zombie! Perfect its Halloween, its creepy and I don’t even need to make him eat something because everyone knows that a zombie has an incurable hunger for BRAINNS. I picked this piece because I don't normally draw zombies and you can really go anywhere you want with how to make them look undead. Very cool, I actually ended surprising myself. I think that's part of the fun of it... Going in, not expecting something to turn out the way you want and when it's all said and done you have a pretty convincing undead zombie.
To check out more of Remy Lexington's personal work, visit his collection here!