BODY HORROR COMEDY - Interview with Adam John Serens

I'm thirty-three and I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing or where I'm going. I just know I like to draw.

Why "body horror comedy," What influenced your illustrations?

I never knew how to explain my style. A couple months back, I was in a show at a local gallery and someone came up and looked over my work and described it as such. I thought it was perfect. My influences are many, but Charles Addams is a big one. I saw one of his panels when I was real young and it instantly made me a weirdo, I think. The other was my great uncle Tom. He had a shed in his backyard that he used as a studio. I would hang out back there while he would sculpt and paint.

Can you tell us a little bit about your style? How has it progressed, or changed, over the years?

I'm self taught. It's always been something I've loved and I just wanted to figure it out for myself. I never really showed anyone my stuff until last year. I usually progress in bits and pieces. I'll take a liking to how I drew a particular thing then incorporate that into future drawings. Stuff I drew, even a year ago, is much different from what I'm doing now.

What are your earliest memories of illustrating?

I always have. I honestly don't recall a time where I didn't. My father had his own business when I was around six or so, and he had me draw the logo. My mother is a teacher and I would do stuff for her classroom all the time. I was just always drawing...

What triggers your ideas?

Usually it's something I take from my day. Whether it was an exchange I had with someone or a particular mood I was in. But, I never tend to go in with a plan. I just kinda go.

Do you feel your illustrations reflect your personality?

God, I hope not. But, I suppose I am a lewd, crude, rude, bag of pre-chewed food dude.

How do you want people to feel when they look at your illustrations?

I never really had any expectation there. I just didn't want people to berate me. But, people either laugh or think its grotesque. I can get behind those.

What is a typical day like for you?

I wake up at six, work till five. I come home and shower. Start a new drawing by six. Then, I usually wrap up by ten. I forget to eat dinner, then I hyperventilate myself to sleep and start all over again.

What do you like to do when you’re not illustrating?

I watch a ton of movies, read comics, play video games, board games, d&d. pedestrian nerd shit.

What are your goals for 2018?

Just to keep drawing and keep improving.

What is your favorite song, band, or artist to listen to while you're illustrating and animating?

I have a playlist that is ever growing. Right now, though its the soundtrack to this old porn called "the minx", Robyn, Prince, Moaning, Shabazz Palaces, and No Age.