Interview: Galen Dara

Name: Galen Dara

Age: 36

Artist of: Deep OnesLovecraftian Love, and Love From the Black Lagoon

Geographic Location: Edge of the Sonoran Desert

Original Hometown, if different: Meh… I’ve been around a bit.  But in general I claim AZ as home.

Twitter: @galendara

Website: miningthenooks.blogspot.com

Past publications: Rigor Amortis, Sunstone Magazine, Exponent II Magazine.

What’s your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story or other Mythos story? I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I haven’t read much of Lovecraft himself [must rectify that asap]… but I recently picked up, and completely enjoyed, a collection of short stories by W. H. Pugmire, who is obsessively devoted to the mythos of Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith.

What comes to mind when you think “Lovecraft” + “Erotica”? Well, I have a fascination with Hentai, both of the ancient ukiyo-e variety and it’s contemporary  manifestations;  so the combining of Lovecraft’s beasties and sexuality wasn’t a far stretch of the imagination at all for me.  (Plus all the usual notions of death and worship and sex; they all seem to go hand in, er… whatever.)

What inspired your work for Cthulhurotica? First I pulled up lots of images of real deep sea creatures and did a bunch of studies.  Then I pulled up a bunch of other artists interpretations of Lovecraftian Monsters and did a bunch of studies.  Then I pulled up a bunch of porn and erotica and did a bunch of studies.  Then I finally went to town on my own renditions.

What music or movies helped you to while drawing? Have you seen the movie Teeth?  (None of my drawings for in this anthology specifically had any of THAT imagery, But wow.  Yah.)

How many revisions did you do before submitting? hehe, well. Yes, a few. 🙂

Preferred media: for this anthology I used pen and ink, which I love.  But my absolute favorite way to work is mixed media; where I end up using paint, ink, collage, pencils, markers, charcoal, etc, and have put on and taken off many layers before I get the vibe that says “yep, it’s done.”

Which is your favorite piece? I liked them all, but if I have to choose, I’d say Deep Ones.


2 thoughts on “Interview: Galen Dara”

Madison Woods

Very cool subject matter. I can’t wait to see the print edition artwork 🙂

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