Awesome Artists We've Found Around The Net: Neil Fraser
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Neil is a multi award winning poster and key artist. Born in High Wycombe (UK) and now residing in Falkirk, Scotland, Neil grew up wanting to be in the film business at all costs, but a lack of talent for acting, cinematography, visual effects and writing led Neil to pursue his passion for the art, Neil's breakthrough in the business came from a simple piece of fan art for viral Shudder hit HOST. Since then he has worked on over 60 productions ranging from indie films, book covers, larger budget productions to assisting established directors with financing via pitch decks. A former product designer for Marvel, Warner Brothers, Disney and DC, among others, Neil now divides his time between day-to-day corporate design and poster and key art.
JOBLO: What got you started as an artist?
NEIL: My dad was always the artist growing up, he used to paint a lot and draw my pictures of my favorite characters so I was always there, but my real passion for art came from walking around the Blockbuster Islands and watching all the videos and watching all the glorious ones Looking at horror and sci-fi covers and just being mesmerized by their style and color, I was fortunate that by this time in history, horror and sci-fi had gained momentum and the marketing explosion of the 1980s dawn was in full swing so movies like ET, Gremlins, The Goonies, Back to the Future and Star Wars were just marketing machines so artwork I fell in love with was everywhere and on everything. I also had a liking for the do-it-yourself adventure novels by Ian Livingstone and the artwork really caught my imagination, and Alan Langford's cover of "Island of the Lizard King“ was by far my favourite.
From then on I wasn't basically competent in anything other than art, I just couldn't imagine doing anything else, but I'm actually not a big traditional artist, I'm very messy and all the design was done by hand, so even I was told at college that I would never make it because I was so messy and disorganized.
It wasn't until I had an accident in 1998 and was bedridden that I really started studying Photoshop, since my mother bought me a PC to pass the time and I spent hours and hours trying to figure out what, think what The old adage that everything happens for a reason is true, no accident, no time to practice, no career.
Who were some of your favorite artists growing up?
Alan Langford mentioned above obviously but my main inspiration and role model was John Alvin, sadly no longer with us and for me, he was very much overshadowed by Drew Struzan but his work just amazes me, his mix of styles and compositions was easy superb, the poster he made was so diverse, gremlins, arachnophobia, ET, darkman, the princess bride, aladdin and spaceballs were all so different but equally spectacular i always have and always will be in awe of him, and therefore if you see a moon in my work it is my homage to John as he included suns and moons in his work fairly regularly.
Who do you really like these days, do you follow on Instagram?
Oh so many people there are much better creators than me who deserve so much more love than they get I adore them Chelsea Lowe, Zoe Rose, belongs to Simon, Hannah Gillingham, Chris Barnes, Kyle Lambert, Trevor Henderson but every artist inspires me and there is no artist I could not learn from, no matter what medium or style they use.
What advice would you give to budding artists today?
The best advice I can give is never give up, believe me your career can change in an instant, I know how hard it is to work 50, 60 or 70 hours on something and get 6 likes and one Getting retweeted, it's soul destroying, which is why they should do the work for you. Some of my favorite pieces I've ever done have 20 likes but that's just the nature of the game, sometimes art doesn't work but then I've done things that literally took 2 hours and it's taking off, a lot at right Place at the right time can have a lot to do with it, but there's a lot of hard work that goes into this job that I think a lot of people don't realize, I spend a lot a few hours a day just hanging out with people in Outreach, socializing, posting work and basically trying to stay on top of social media algorithms.
The other thing I can't stress enough is practice, practice, practice, if you're struggling with certain things, work on them and look for ways to work around what you consider weaknesses, but I will saying that composition is the key to everything, a good style of composition hides a million mistakes..
What should we look out for from you in the future?
There's a fair amount of work going on, I've signed up for my first big budget production where I'll be doing all the exclusive artwork which is exciting and it's being filmed up here in Scotland so I'll be going too and myself bring in .
I'm in talks with some productions that will hopefully lead to some fantastic projects and I'm working on a selection of collaborations with some of my favorite artists in my desktop series that I'll be releasing for charity early next year, currently I'm working with the Kindergiest podcast about a children's mental health awareness charity “On Our Sleeves” running through January 11th where you can win a bespoke commission from me or some freebies from my shop if you donate.
But mostly I'll be working on my favorite thing, which is indie productions. I love the ambition and vision these guys have and I'm always honored to work on art for them.
My main goal for 2023 is to get more profile and perform at a few more conventions, I had so much fun at the few I attended in 2022.
Since we're a fansite, we have to ask you... what are your favorite movies/tv shows of all time?
Oooh depends what day it is, I mean I'm an 80's kid so the horror and sci-fi boom of the 80's and 90's really stuck with me, Killer Klowns From Outer Space is still one of mine Comfort movies, as well as Chopping Mall, Star Wars, Back to the Future, Mimic, Clue, and Big Trouble in Little China.
TV shows I love, A-Team, Knight Rider, X-Files, etc. Really enjoyed the new Willow series as well as Wednesday, but I always have trouble with TV, my attention span is appalling.
Scroll down to check out some of our favorite Neil artwork as we continue to follow his journey website and social media hubs: Instagram / Facebook / Twitter / IMDB / All Things Dave Podcast / Save on computer / TeePublic / Nationwide fundraiser for children's hospitals
Back to the Future
Big trouble in Little China
ET the extraterrestrial
Evil Dead Rise
The Invisible Man
Jaws: The revenge
Obi Wan Kenobi
Superman: The Movie
What we do in the shadows
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