Today we’d like to introduce you to Eric Schock.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I started drawing at the age of 3 all over my parent’s living room walls. We all start somewhere, right? I was heavily influenced by 1980’s movies, cartoons, and comics. They fueled my imagination and my budding interest in art. We moved around a lot due to my father being in the air force. On moves or vacations, I would pick up a few comics to read, not knowing what they would eventually do to my young mind. I would continue collecting comics until this day. While looked over those brilliant pages they inspired me to create my own heroes, and villains. I then started investing my time into the creator of these books. I found inspiration from the works of Joe Kubert, Alex Toth, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Frank Miller, and countless more. I was in love with the medium.
As I grew older I would focus my efforts on Art and illustration. When I reached High School, I began taking art a bit more seriously. I focused on not only the creation of an illustration but, its overall design. After High School, I went to Graphic Design School, where I learned more about what I was doing, and how to create my layouts, compositions, and illustrations. After graduation, I enjoyed the process of creating advertising work, page layouts, and print media for many small companies. Even with the small success, of Graphic Design I didn’t feel I was doing what I was meant to do. Call it nostalgia, but I wanted to create comics and Inspire other to create. I took a leap of faith and set my sights on creating comic books. My first step was attending The Kubert School formerly The Joe Kubert School in New Jersey. I was taught how to accomplish the task that I set in front of myself. In that time, I meet so many amazing people and learned from some legendary instructors.
I can’t thank each instructor enough for taking the time to mold me into the artist I’ve become. Once I graduated, I moved back to Arizona and started my own company called Evil Robo Productions. Where I worked to give artists a spotlight for their creations in Tucson. I was given the opportunity to be the art director for the Tucson Comic Con for 6 years, and it was such a wonderful experience. It’s still my favorite show hands down. Mike Olivares really created something special, and I’m happy I could help with promotional artwork for the first six years. In recent years I’ve collaborated with other companies such as Sillie Monkie Comics creating new takes on Golden Age superheroes that have fallen into the Public Domain from the 1940’s with writer Thomas Keith. Many of these characters have been lost, but we’ve done our very best to honor the original creators, and create something new, and fun for this generation of readers.
Please tell us about your art.
My artwork is a combination of traditional comic book art and digital hybrid. I use a strong focus on graphic design to create new elements in the art form. I look to the past but create for the future where all art can be brought together into one medium. I create stories that focus on my social reflection, and what I’ve taken in within my life. For my company, I’ve created comics and graphic novels as a writer, artist, inker, letterer, colorist, and publisher. I’ve worked with many talented artists and within many different genres. Evil Robo’s flagship book Ash-Tray Comics, I wanted to give each artist a voice to express their own stories in any media they felt like doing, regardless of censorship. Giving the creative team the freedom of creating without someone telling them they can’t do that because it’s not appropriate. I always wanted to inspire those around me to pick up a pen/pencil and make their ideas into reality. Allowing them to define their own voice.
I’ve been given the opportunity to give back to the comic community with teaching the next generation of creators. This is something very fulfilling, and it gives me the chance to help them harness their craft. Each new artist, I’ve taken the time with each project to help them make their dreams a reality. Evil Robo Productions has produced a lot of great stories. I hope people can see that comics are an expression of ideas that not everyone is ready for, or except in the mainstream, but we’ve come a long way since the 1950’s so maybe they can. If I was going to tell you about my artwork, I’d say it’s just fun to look at and purchase if you’re so inclined.
Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
If you’re an artist you are probably doing this because you love what you do. Joe Kubert once said to our entire class that “You have decided to do comics, you’re not doing it for the money because there’s no money in comics. You are doing this because you love what you do.” This is a very true statement. Ever idea starts from nothing, then you save money to create it out of thin air. Then it’s finally a reality. It’s definitely hard to produce work when you have bills, student loans, and unexpected financial concerns knocking on your door/email/mailbox. What I can say is that if the artwork or the love of creation is what you need to survive you will fight every dragon, and make it happen no matter the cost. You’ll have to get a day job that may not fit what you love, just to pay the bills. You have to keep focused, not letting the financial dilemma eat you alive. I know this as a fact. As a freelance artist, and graphic design I’ve been very lucky to work for people that don’t see me as just a number, but an individual with my own unique qualifications.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can find my work online at evilrobo.com, and on Facebook at The Artwork of Eric Schock. I also have a patreon at eric_schock.If you’re lucky you can get an Illustrated sketch card from me in packages of DC Bombshells Series One/Series Two, and Rick and Morty Season One from Cryptozoic Entertainment. I have many comics in local comics shops in Tucson, Arizona. I ‘ve published three graphic novels; The Bald Avenger: Hard Time, The Bald Avenger vol. 2: Bulletproof Corset, and a collection of Ash-Tray Comics available online at Ka-Blam. I also have my collaboration with Thomas Keith in stores right now, The Raven, and The Inner Circle. Prints and original art are available at evilrobo.com.
- Website: evilrobo.com
- Phone: 5209046304
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ericschockart/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The.Art.of.Eric.Schock/
- Twitter: @Eric_Schock
- Other: https://www.patreon.com/eric_schock
Evil Robo Productions, LLC