For those of you unfamiliar with Chris, he is an artist and customizer operating out of Long Island, New York and has been heavy into collecting toys of all kinds for the majority of his life. The toys he played with fueled his imagination (Chris has a freakishly rich one) leading him to build his "Creature World" stories and characters, which were all from "Planet Slauria".
While we were upstairs in the studio I was lucky enough to get some time with all of his sketchbooks and I have to say I was astonished by the depth of creativity within them. Chris has a simplified drawing style that may not be the most technically advanced, but it has heaps of soul and is very clearly defined. There are pages and pages of extremely detailed descriptions, both written and illustrated, of just about every aspect of Creature World and its inhabitants.
Very inspiring stuff. So inspiring, that I asked Chris if I could take a run at drawing some of his monstrosities as well as his more recent creations such as the Canne'boids and Alien Mercenaries. He was kind enough to allow me to have some fun.
Chris eventually sculpted some of our fused concepts and heated up the results in his little oven that he lovingly referred to as "Old Red".
It was a great time and I came away from the visit very impressed by the amount of pure dedication Chris has to his creations. He makes stuff because he really loves to, and that was pretty cool to see.
Thanks for coming to the house Chris, and double thanks for the spark of inspiration your work brought out in me.
Long Live Slauria!