by Zolton in New Illustration on Wednesday 5 December 2007

We love the work of American illustrator, Hope Gangloff. It captures the disposable elements of pop culture in an irreverent and witty way. We interviewed her recently. You must run through a stack of pens. Which types are your weapons of choice? ‘I do run through large quantities of pens. My methods for discarding their carcasses is faulted. I have a large pen graveyard! A favorite pen is one that doesn’t bleed, fade or get affected by moisture on the paper. I’m a lefty, and my hand constantly smudges the paper. A favorite pen will dry quickly and have a fine point. That can only mean one brand of pen that has large, regular distribution in three colors. When I need a finer point, or a different color, I use dip pens with nibs’. Your work often catches the subjects looking slightly trashed and, at the very least, vulnerable. Does it comment on a particular section of society or society in general? ‘I don’t know. I would disagree. I draw people the way they really look. We are surrounded by a TV culture — with movies and billboards all around us offering a super sanitized version of people that are always ‘on’. People don’t look that way in real life. I think the way people look in real life is much more interesting. Slackened expressions or suspicious glares … and then maybe I’ll fashion wildly fictional circumstances’.

hope gangloff

hope gangloff

hope gangloff