Interview by Caroline Stephenson.

Who are you and what do you do?Bob-Eggleton

 I am Bob Eggleton multi-Hugo Award winning artist (Forry won the first one many years ago so there is a lineage), and recently a Rondo Award winner (for FM covers) who has been in the SF/Fantasy field for over 30 years. I do lots of things: my own ideas, bookcovers, comics, and I have worked as a movie concept artist on several animated films and, I’m a huge Godzilla and Classic Monster fan.

What mediums are you most fond of working with? 

I play with all media. Oils are really nice with painting, though I work in acrylics and, my most basic but favored medium is the pencil. I love pencil.

What inspires you the most? 

Many things. Nature, dinosaurs, space….classical artists work, like what you see in a museum.

What/who is your favorite artwork/artist? 

Wow. I could list 50!! Actually I love the work of Gustave Dore, John Martin, Arnold Bocklin, JWM Turner, H.R. Giger… the list could go on. More contemporary artists include John Brosio, Stephen Hannock, I could go on. I traverse the fine and commercial arts. So I like illustrators as well. I try and use classic art as my wellspring because that way I get a look all my own.

EGGLETONWhat memorable responses have you had to your work? 

Usually emotional. I got told once my work inspired someone to get better from some debilitating illness. Kids have come up to me and tell me in inspired them to get into art.

I have gotten a lot of nice things said, and I try and remember them when I need to.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? 

Keep at it no matter what and be true to oneself.

What do you love most about your work? 

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That each day I get to create something interesting and usually fun. 

Describe your dream project or your favorite piece you’ve done so far. 

Most likely it was, last year, the painted comic I did for IDW of GODZILLA IN HELL #2. I had always wanted to paint a Godzilla comic and it was a ton of work but, worth it in the end.

I also did a nice version of Smaug, the dragon from The Hobbit, and I painted that in oils.

If you could be any fictional character who would you be and why? 

It would have to be Godzilla. I took several of those online character tests you take for fun, and Godzilla came up every time.

Which horror movie villain could you go toe-to-toe with? 

Don’t know. I usually would wind up BEING the villain!!! I wind up seeing the horror movie monsters really as sympathetic, trapped in a world they never made. So it is hard to say.