Bret Herholz, local artist who did the cover and some of the internal illustrations for the recently released children’s book, Loogie the Booger Genie by N.E. Castle, will be visiting Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester with Castle for a signing and reading on Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 2PM-5PM.
Thank you very much, Bret, for taking some time for an interview!
BH: Thank you for having me.
How did you and Nancy come up with the plan for the cover and illustrations for Loogie the Booger Genie? What were some of the defining parts that made your art what we see in the book?
BH: I had gotten to know Nancy through the local authors events at Borders a couple years ago. Several months back, she mentioned wanting to the book with my artwork. We sort of went back and forth sending ideas of how she wanted the pages to look until we hit on something.
You’ve illustrated other books before – how does the process change from author to author, book to book? What are some of your favorite challenges or parts in specifically working on book illustration (as opposed to comics or straight art)?
BH: Each author has a different approach. Some are very open to interpretation, to outside input, when it comes to adapting their stories. Others are more regimented on exactly how they want the characters and the scenes to look. I think it’s definitely more work doing comics rather than single illustrations. Keep in mind with comics, each page has three to five panels at least. And some comics can run from 29 to 200 pages. That’s a lot of inking per panel.
You have a very specific style of art; I can usually recognize something of yours right away. How did you come into your particular style?
BH: Some of it had to do with my interest in artists like Edward Gorey, Aubrey Beardsley and Charles Addams, as well as films by Tim Burton. But my biggest influence would have to be Patrick Welch who was my inking professor in college. I admired his style of inking and adopted many of his techniques.
For Loogie the Booger Genie, what was the process for creating the look for each of the characters? Were you given free rein, or was there more collaboration with Nancy?
BH: Nancy gave me some of her own artwork she had done of the characters, and I took them and twisted it into my own style.
Where else can we find your art? How can people find out more about you?
BH: Most, if not all of my artwork, books and upcoming projects can be found at herbertzohl.blogspot.com.
Are there any questions I didn’t ask that you wish I’d asked—and what would the answers be?
BH: I think you’ve just about covered everything.
Once again, thank you very much for the interview, and we look forward to hosting you at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester!