What was the one thing that made you want to be a part of the This Bites creative team?
I love that I’m allowed to really have fun with illustrating material for Not So Super Comics. Jacques likes his artists to really be themselves and have fun, which is refreshing.
Your artwork and style for This Bites is reflective of the 90s Nickelodeon animated series (Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Rocko’s Modern Life) did any of those series inspire your art?
Absolutely! The Ren and Stimpy Show was and has been my biggest influence since seeing it around age 11. As a kid I spent almost all my free time watching Nickelodeon and trying to draw the characters, so that influence is deeply ingrained in me.
What types of things do you do to recharge your creative side?
I’m a huge film geek so I try and go see movies when I can get a break. I’m also a big toy and book collector so I like to check out flea markets and antique stores for cool stuff.
What is the one element of your artwork gives you the most satisfaction?
Drawing weird, gross and colorful cartoon art is my way of blowing off steam and relaxing, the whole process is very satisfying to me. Just being creative all day and living in my weird world makes me incredibly happy.
What’s something that you enjoy most about This Bites?
Jacques was able to bring something very new and refreshing to the whole vampire mythos, which really surprised me when I first read the script as stories about vampires have been around for centuries. I love the modern take on the classic monster, and had a blast drawing it!
Are there certain tools that you use to create, and which ones do you prefer the most?
I’m a very low tech guy, so my main drawing tools or an assortment of technical pens (the Faber Castell Pitt artist pens are my favorites). After inking I use Photoshop for colors, nothing fancy!
Where can people who enjoy your work find you on the Internet?
My website is www.degrandland.com, and I can be easily found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.