Geek Art by Chet Loggins
I recently went to coffee and dinner with a good friend of mine from high school. We were discussing Just a Dash of Geek and geek art, and she told me about these awesome Star Wars pictures done by Chet Loggins. She pulled out her iPhone and started to show them all to me. I instantly fell in love, and knew that I had to share Chet Loggins’ artwork with all of my readers.
Here are a few of his pieces that I nabbed from his website - of course with his permission (the prev and next are not parts of the art)
Chet also has plenty of non-geek art…. I just focused on the great geeky ones.
Chet was kind enough to answer a few “interview” questions I had via email….so yes, talented and a nice guy! I wanted to include his answers, so that you all could get a sense of Chet’s personality, and hear a little back ground on him and his art.
1) Could you start with telling us a little about yourself and your art history?
I grew up in Florida, mostly in the Panhandle, but I’ve lived all over the state. Right now I live in Sarasota. I was interested in art at an early age. My artwork was always saved and used by my art teachers as examples for the rest of the class in elementary school. I guess I was born with the talent. I did take college credit art classes in high school, and I went to FSU and got a degree in Studio Art. But I really feel like I mostly just learned how to talk about art in school and that I mainly taught myself.
2) What is you favorite art medium and why?
I definitely like oil painting the best. There is no other medium that is as fun to work with and forgiving of my mistakes. I hardly even sketch things out anymore. I just can’t wait get the paint on the canvas. I really probably rush into the paint without sketching too much these days, cuz I’ve fallen so in love oil painting. Also the style or theme I work in is called pop-surrealism. I think that’s the best way to describe what I’ve been doing the last 10 years or so. I’m a pop-surrealist oil painter.
3) What is your muse? What really makes the creativity flow?
My muse? I don’t know. I just try to impress myself and keep getting better. Crazy ideas for paintings pop in my head all time. It feels great when I can actually make one of these ideas come to life. I like to do things that I think would be funny or weird as oil paintings. I don’t think about where anyone would actually hang the paintings.
4)Being a HUGE Geek, I must ask, what is your favorite geek property? I see you have done Star Wars and He-Man – but are there others?
I did a lot of Star Wars and Godzilla stuff in the past, because I used to be primarily a still-life painter, and if I could get my hands on the toys I loved to paint them. Godzilla and Star Wars toys are much more fum to paint than bowls of fruit and vases of flowers, not that I don’t paint those sometimes too. Lately I’ve been trying to get away from relying on painting from objects me or friends of mine actually own, and using more of my imagination. I really liked doing the series of portraits of Chewbacca in front of flowery Van Gogh wallpaper. I did those without having Chewbacca figures to look at. You can see one HERE.
5) What can we expect to see in the future as far as geek oriented properties? Do you have any ideas in the works?
Right now I’m working on a family style portrait of Chris Elliot from the early 90′s cult classic sitcom “Get a Life” with the alien SPEWEY from one of the episodes of the show. I don’t know if that’s exactly geeky, but I know that at the time (1990- 1992) a lot of geeky people liked the show. All the episodes were finally released on DVD last year, and I was inspired to do a painting about it somehow. Besides that I also would like to do a Van Gogh style portrait of Azog the Defiler from the new Hobbit movie soon.
I want to say “Thank you so much” to Chet Loggins for allowing me to badger him with questions, and borrow his art for you all to see. Please visit Chet’s website at chetloggins.com. He also has a blog, so you can keep up on him and his art. And like everyone now-a-days he has a Facebook art fan page and his actual Facebook page. Please take a moment to go visit and say hi