This is one of an ongoing series of interviews with contributors to The 3288 Review.
Darryl Love is a self taught artist. Supported and encouraged by his family from a young age, his creative education includes being mentored by a tattoo artist, studying at the Art Institute of Chicago, and classes at Kendall College of Art and Design. He cites many influences, including horror movies, comics, heavy metal music, popular art, cartoons, insane asylums, Hieronymus Bosch, Salvador Dali, Joel Peter Witkin, Dante’s Inferno, and video games. Several of his ArtPrize entries have appeared on the covers of local newspapers and on TV; most notably Rorschach in 2013. He worked as a set designer, and acted in the TV commercials for Nights of Fear Haunted Houses where he “scared the owners with his twisted creations in the asylum”. He designed Dark Knight Rises promotional shirts with Design by Humans and Warner Brothers; a poster for Monster Piece Theater (unreleased); a poster and promotional t-shirts for the movie AmeriKan Violence; and promotional art for L.A.’s Shriekfest. He was contacted to work for Red Rock Entertainment in 2014. He has designed images for ECW/WWE legends Sabu and Genie, and has photography on display in Como, Italy. He is currently working on promotional designs for Woodstock 50, and dreams of working with occasional correspondent Rob Zombie.
Love’s work can be seen on his website, on Facebook, at TalentHouse, and at TeePublic.
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3288 Review: How did you get started as an artist? Was there a specific influence, either a person or an event?
Darryl Love: My dad once drew me a picture of The Incredible Hulk. It was mind blowing as a kid. Ever since then I wanted to be an artist!
When Mortal Kombat 3 came out, I was 7 or 9 years old. I bought a strategy guide which I still have, and I redrew a lot of the characters from that book. Teachers didn’t like it when I drew the ‘Fatalities’.
My parents divorced, and I moved from California to Michigan where I didn’t know anyone. I kept to myself and drew all the time. Doodled in class. I was a weird nutcase. I even exaggerated the twitches and jitters so people would leave me alone. Then I had a friend in middle school who saw me drawing the Undertaker. We became best friends and he played White Zombie’s La Sexorcisto: Devil Music vol. 1 and Astro Creep: 2000; Korn’s Life is Peachy; Seasons in the Abyss and Reign in Blood by Slayer; and Megadeth and Metallica. I had never heard anything like it before I could feel it—crazy and intense. I loved it! At the time, Slayer was way too intense for me. Now that I’m older I can dig it, and listen to them almost religiously—in particular “The Final Six”.
In high school I kind of got lost in the stupid high school life, and lost myself. My life during this time was hell. My aunt really supported my art. She was killed. God rest her soul. I had to seek therapy. Months later, my therapist had died. Three weeks later my girlfriend cheated on me. I was suicidal, but I used the pain to paint more and, remember my therapist’s advice. It is very healing. I keep hoping, and I’ve learned to live with “it”.
Rob Zombie is a very inspiring guy. We’ve met a few times, and his live shows are the best! I’m more inspired every time I leave a show. I am good at visualizing noise and music so I can see songs in my head.
Meeting WWE’s Torrie Wilson at my first Comic Con was like heaven! She is so beautiful! I was nervous to talk to girls before I met her. She was very nice and super cool. Since then it’s been easier to talk to girls. They inspire me too! Yeah, there’s a lot of things that inspire me. Continue reading →