Friday, May 19, 2017

Past, Present, and Future with...Byron Winton

Byron Winton, a Pittsburgh PA native, is a freelance fantasy and horror illustrator who has worked in the comic book, pop culture, and horror convention industries for many years. His amazingly detail rich paintings showcase creativity and precision. Byron paints popular culture imagery from memorable movies like Star Wars, Resident Evil, and Beetlejuice to name a few. He also conceives and executes mind-blowing original concepts of his own. He has worked for LUCASFILM, TOPPS, CALIBER COMICS, MOONSTONE BOOKS, the industrial bands REIN[FORCED] and TRAGIC IMPULSE, and several self-published authors.

You can see Byron's work at and on the social media sites @byronwinton3

Past, Present, and Future with...Byron Winton

What got you into comics?

The art got me into comics. I had been drawing for a bit. Actually, I was a seasoned professional at 5 or 6 with my crayon masterpieces. The local grocery store had a comics and magazine display… I remember getting an issue of Action Comics with Superman on the cover. Don’t remember the number or much more of the specifics just the event. I think I got my ass beat for stealing it.

What are you working on these days?

These days I’m mostly working on a lot of film/television portrait drawing commissions. My Patreon page has been very active with me keeping my subscribers fulfilled. Last month I ran another Kickstarter that took a bunch of those drawings and made into my 3rd set of trading cards. I’m now working on getting all of the printed material together and in the mail. I run quick turn arounds with my Kickstarter. Since I do art full-time, I’m always keeping busy with projects… 95% of them for clients. I’ve been trying to wiggle in some of my own, but it’s been tough. My clients beat my ass for not being punctual.

Do you have a dream project?

I‘d love to see an art book of my paintings. Not a sketch book nor a self-published one either. That’s a dream project that’s so far far far down the road though. I really need to work extra hard on my productivity. At the end of every month, you guessed it, my ass is beat.

What one piece of creative advice would you give?

Don’t get your ass beat! Serious though… my creative advice... be persistent and consistent. Also, learn to love the struggle.

Thanks Byron!

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