In preparation for the Red, White & Dead Zombie Walk on Saturday, July 7 and our own Zombie Art Party on Sunday, July 8, we caught up with Zombie Walk poster artist Nolan Harris. Nolan is also a caricaturist, the co-owner of Over the Line Productions and a frequent participant at Dead End Press’ Sketch Jams.
1. What are some of the good, bad and weird moments you experience working as a caricaturist?
Usually in my line of work I encounter your normal “vanilla” variety of tourists and locals. Things get pretty interesting for us when we draw at after-hours events. The alcohol is flowing and we start to get requests involving “sexual acts with animals” or “S&M,” which we always politely decline!
2. Why did you decide to take your skill for caricature and build it into a business?
It became a necessity once I graduated from college. The job market was flooded with fresh-faced talent that were more than happy to work for peanuts. After working in the corporate art world for five years, I decided that I did not like having a boss. I moved from Ohio to Seattle and joined up with my business partner in crime, Dexter Rothchild. It was the best decision that I have ever made!
3. Who are some of your all-time favorite clients and what did you do for them?
My highest profile client is Hulk Hogan. I’ve worked on an assortment of shirts for him and we’re currently tag-teaming on some new merchandise concepts that will be available on his website later this year. I also love doing work for the Piranha Blonde events, which include the Mobile Food Rodeo, Fremont Outdoor Movies, ZomBcon and Red, White & Dead. We have good chemistry and the themed events that they throw are always right up my alley.
4. How has running your own art business changed you?
I’ve always been a business savvy kind of guy. Most of my knowledge stems from working in the corporate world. Running my own business was always going to be the next logical step for me. I enjoy the freedom that comes with running my own business. I’m always forced to be creative. The biggest perk of running a retail caricature business is the fact that we can bring in new talent and help them succeed and make money with their art.
5. What is your favorite type of zombie/zombie movie?
The original Night of the Living Dead still scares the living daylights out of me. Zach Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake was definitely the push that the zombie genre needed to remain relevant and frightening. My new favorite zombie film is called, The Dead. It’s set in a zombie ravaged Africa and it has some of the most frightening imagery I have seen in a zombie movie. I highly recommend it.
Get your caricature drawn by Nolan at the Red, White & Dead Zombie Walk on Saturday (and then say hi to us, he’ll be right next to our tent). And, don’t forget to come to the Zombie Art Party Sunday night to see Nolan and the rest of the artists render their favorite Founding Fathers as Zombies!