Thursday, July 8, 2010;
Name: Adam Griffiths a.k.a. Adam Dwight
Hometown: Takoma Park, Md. and Wilmington, Del.
Studio: Takoma Park
On creating his characters:
"Sometimes I begin by drawing them against white. Other times, I know exactly what story I want for them. Many times, I begin with these people; I have a very specific image in my head about who they are, what they eat, what they read, etc. Then . . . I begin to draw them and I find their insides begging to be released; their faces melt, their innards attempt to desert them, their own eyeballs even try to run away."
On the source of his characters:
"Something astonishing seems to happen for me when I try to make a cartoon out of someone who does not exist, [someone] whom I cobble together from various pieces of others -- there is some kind of truth to that, and I can't ignore it. . . . Each character already has a story that emerges with their creation. The real work comes when I have to change their destiny, when I have to rip them from their inevitable life path, which is etched in the length of their legs, the fullness of their lips, and the crookedness of their grins."
On creating an alias:
"I created a new name because it is fun. I might change it again or go back to another, I'm not sure. I don't get terribly hung up on individual artistic branding, mostly because I know I will probably make more cartoons and I know that better cartoons will take the work of a team, so depending on what happens the name will probably change again."
On his inspirations:
"My major influences at the moment are Ethiopian icon drawings, Vincent Price, the films of Dario Argento and the horror, psychotronic, and B-movies of the '60s and '70s, and photographs from the '60s and '70s from my grandmother's house in the Woodridge neighborhood in Northeast Washington."