Robert David Elwood: Illustrating the grindcore

Robert is a young illustrator and animation artist from Minneapolis, United States. He is drawing cool bizarre sick worlds and we asked some questions to him about this twisted art.

Hello Robert, how long have you been in the world of comics?

R.D.E: I’ve been making art since 2007 but in 2013 a friend of mine published this independent comic called pure insanity that I and a few other artist contributed too, that was the first publication that showed my work although I guess I’m still relatively new still.

You produce bizarre animations, too and the amateur spirit surrounding your works has rapidly started to gain a powerful style recently. Considering the works you’ve created this far, where within your field of art do you position yourself?

R.D.E: I guess I’d be more of a animator who does art on the side. I personally would not have thought my drawings would get as big as they did, you see originally animation was and still is something that I wanted to do for a living. I had a fascination with cartoons ever since I was little but it was animated films from Bill Plympton, Bruce Bickford, and Ralph Bakshi, and many other animators that made me realize the great things that animation can do and it really motivated me to make the crazy cartoons I’ve done.

You enjoy pushing the limits of sarcasm, irony and absurdity to create bizarre worlds. Considering the comics market, isn’t the obscenity of the works you create risky in terms of bringing the works to a more professional level?

No, I don’t believe so, I think as art goes it’s just a series of lines on paper, if your not physically harming anyone, offended people can either learn to laugh at them selves, or continue to complain, and that’s fine. I don’t wish to take anything away from the artist who wishes to draw the clean family friendly cartoons.

what made GG Allin legendary was not so much his music but his life style

What’s going on in the world of American Underground Comics recently; can you inform us a little bit? What about the artists you follow the most as well as your favorites? Taking into account also the developments in Europe, which school do you find your style closer to?

I think that would be a better question for a current person who makes underground comix, from what I’ve seen it boils down to selling yourself and getting your art out there by going to conventions and networking. my favorite artist, where do I start, I really like the early 70’s zap artist like R. Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, and Spain Rodriguez, and Rory Hayes. outside that there is Mike Diana Johnny Ryan (who’s art I guess I find my work closer to) and manga artist from japan like Junji Ito, Suehiro Maruo, and Hideshi Hino.

How do you like music? What do you enjoy listening to?

I listen to mostly Sludge Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal, Grindcore, and Hardcore Punk.

What do you think about GG Allin? What do you think makes GG so legendary?

I’m a fan, you know I think what made GG Allin legendary was not so much his music but his life style, when we see the crazy things he did on stage I think there is a primal part of us that want’s to do the same, but wouldn’t out of fear of going to prison.

How do you like Antiseen?

Great, they got some awesome songs, and the played with GG Allin which must have been crazy!

Are there any projects you’re working on right now?

I’m trying to finish another cartoon, a little book featuring my art would be ideal in the future, although I don’t have any plans for that now. ✪

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