Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mega Monster Melee: The Genius Creations of Aaron Klopp

I am so glad that Halloween is almost here. Not only because I love absolutely everything about the holiday, but also because I get to feature monsters, zombies, and ghouls without anyone calling me a creeper. And right now, few illustrators are making more entertaining monsters than North Carolina's Aaron Klopp. Aaron has been working on a project called Mega Monster Melee which will ultimately be released as trading cards. The front of the cards will feature wonderful images of two creatures locked in mortal combat or perhaps a monster fighting giant insects or destroying a city. The back side will tell the story and feature hilarious titles such as "Tentacled Horror Craves Humans."  From what I have seen of them, they are pretty eff''n great.

When not working his full time job as a graphic designer or making monsters, Aaron finds time to contribute to art shows across the country. Recently, his work was featured in the official Popeye 85th Anniversary Tribute Show in L.A., The Hellboy 20th Anniversary Art Show, and he had a terrific Anti-Hedgehog Battle Mecha piece at the 8 Bit and Beyond: 2 show in Brooklyn.

Here's Aaron's bio:
Ever since I was a kid, I've always felt it was in my blood to create. My drawings started out as doodles featuring my own characters traveling through time and battling Frankenstein, or Godzilla fighting off the Hulk. I still find that raw enthusiasm in my illustration and graphic design work today. Be it print or web, illustration, design, or comic book, I find nothing more satisfying than being able to craft something new and intriguing when I get the chance.
After graduating in 2005 with a Bachelor's Degree in Visual Communication Design from Winthrop University, I've been in the Charlotte, NC area ever since working as a Graphic Designer by day and Illustrator by night.
Another wonderful project to definitely check out is Aaron's short comic The Nightmare-A-Thon. He drew it for Strange Kid Comics Magazine No.2. It's so great, it also got picked up by Juxtapoz. Also, Aaron's alphabet tribute to the band The Melvins is pretty amazing, too. Check out the letter B.

If you would like to go explore more about Aaron Klopp on your own, I suggest starting with his Website, Tumblr, and Twitter! After those, you can mosey on over to his Dribble, Behance, and Flickr pages.

From Nightmare-A-Thon

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