I hope everyone has had a good week! I feel incredibly honoured to have WolfSkullJack involved in this interview series. If you haven’t seen her work before, where have you been!? She creates beautiful, dark creature illustrations and is currently working on a second self-published book. The upcoming book – Void – focuses on WolfSkullJack’s personal story about mental health.
1. What are the origins of the character ‘Wolf Skull Jack’?
Wolf Skull Jack was a character I created way back in 2008 for a uni project. He was this wolf skulled man who lived amongst other animal skulled humanoids who was being stalked by a six armed demon rabbit! I like skulls and wolves so the name just kind of stuck!
2. Who are your biggest inspirations?
Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki without a doubt. Ghibli movies such as Mononoke and Spirited away hold a really special place in my heart and have been a huge influence in my way of thinking and artwork.
3. What’s the best piece of creative advice you’ve ever been given?
Neil Gaiman ‘Make good art’
Basically whatever is happening in your life, whatever terrible or great thing is happening, make good art! I’m a very emotional potato and most of my work is an outlet or therapy.
4. Your recent work – The Void – focuses on your personal story about mental health. What’s the experience been like making and sharing this?
It’s always terrifying releasing something so personal onto the Internet for all to see and in many ways it’s made me feel very vulnerable. One page in particular talks about ending my life and on the day I uploaded it, I didn’t sleep. Void is based on my own experiences with mental health and few people in my life knew how bad things got. However the reception I’ve had for the project has been overwhelmingly positive. I’ve had many messages from strangers thanking me and they have said how it’s helping them. Though the project has taken a lot out of me mentally, it’s this feedback which makes it worthwhile. Void will be released on Kickstarter once it’s finished!
5. Where do you want your work to be in a years time, and how will you get there?
Honestly I have no idea! I want to continue to get more skilled for sure and grow my fan base to a point where I can sell my own merchandise and live solely on that. Thankfully with the help of social media and self marketing, I’m getting there! Other than that I just want to see where I want my work to be!
Also, keep an eye on the Void Kickstarter event on Facebook for updates on the book launch and perks! I will definitely be getting my hands on a copy. It’s really great to see more artists talking about their experiences mental health. It’s something that effects a lot of us, but can make you feel incredibly alone. You are definitely not alone.