Everyone has a skeleton in their closet, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, politics, or tattoo preference. Brighton-based artist Will Blood creates his art from the concept of taking popular cartoon characters and turning them into bone masterpieces. The Cartoon Network’s most valuable characters are represented as are the best of Nickelodeon or the Simpson family. Blood’s collection leaves no stone unturned in the world of Toons. He invites the inner child to come to life and it will be interesting to see who will appear on an illustrative X-ray of a child after that. We interviewed Blood between sketch sessions to learn about his Naked Bones series and discover what goes on behind the scenes of this widely acclaimed artist.
DID YOU ATTEND ART SCHOOL?
I did not attend art school. I pursued music from the ages of 15 through 25 and wanted to be a rock star. I discovered I had more fun creating merchandise and artwork than music, so I slowly shifted my focus back to art.
HOW DID YOU CREATE YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE AND HOW WAS IT ACHIEVED OVER TIME?
I come across old work from time to time, and I laugh. The desire to improve is important. Over time, as my tastes and inspiration have evolved, my art has become increasingly sophisticated.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER TO PAINT AND WHY?
Any old, strange cartoons — like Ren and Stimpy or Rat Fink. I believe that they speak to me more and are closer to my generation.
What’s the most memorable design you created for a band or company?
I did the cover for Black Mass, an album that was released many years ago by This Is Hell with the Statue of Liberty encircled by snakes and a lot of fun little details. My first big record cover design went on vinyl. It was a great experience, but I didn’t like how difficult it was.