with heartfelt sorrow I learn the sad news of another great hero of mine- H R Giger,
Giger was in the truest sense of the word an artist, and that title I do not give out easily, in looking closer at what being an artist is or means to me it is quite simple, Giger could draw and draw amazingly, his pictures were so true to life it was unreal, but that alone does not make an artist, many people can draw some can draw really well to the point of it looks as good as a photograph and the world is full of these people, they are not artists in my book.
Some people have ideas brilliant ideas but they lack the talent to pull off those ideas and I place myself completely in this bracket, and still they are not artists,
to be an artist is to be as Giger, someone who can not just draw fantastically well but has the ideas to draw to commit to paper or wood or any chosen medium and Giger could do all this and better than that, what he drew took you to another world, he showed you places, people, hybrid creatures you could not conceive of until he took you there.
Giger drew the future and then that future became real. the future he drew I and many others fell in love with, Giger drew a world where I wanted to be, he was a direct influence on me especially in my youth when I first gasped in wonder and awe at his creations; he gave me a vision of the world as I saw it inside my head and he showed me I was not alone because he was a man who saw it also, he saw right into my dreams and painted them, and again more than that these images were not just out of this world, amazing, awe inducing, they had depth, to look into the face of those hybrid creatures gave me not just that world but how that creature felt as part of that world.
when people ask me why I write what influences me, I often stumble because I know they are expecting me to mention other authors past or present, it is the same with musicians often they write music, or play an instrument and yet people are not happy until they can label these musicians in reference to other musicians, my fave example is always Wolfmother,- main man Andrew Stockdale writes excellent music, he plays guitar really well, but the media simply have to label so he is burdened with –oh they are a led zep crossed with ac dc type band rubbish! they are a band who play the music they like!
and so with authors – for myself I can only comment but I do not find myself influenced by any other authors those authors I really admire write comedy and I write horror so no labeling there, but still the interviewer is not happy; oh but you must have some one who inspires you they insist and that my dear reader is a question I can answer;- for yes amazing people like H R Giger inspire me, to see even one of his pictures is enough to set me off writing a book, to see more is enough for me to write a series, and so do not label me in the style of Lewis Carroll because that would not help anyone and is in fact misleading! Mr Carroll I do admire with all my heart but he is much nicer than me he tends to go for the happy ending ^_^ whereas I am not happy until I kill all my characters ^_^ it is just this nihilistic attitude I have, and that attitude is inspired by, yes you guessed it, by the likes of the amazing Mr Giger.
to wake up and hear the news that the world no longer contains Mr Giger upset the whole day and even the next day or two for me, there was a black cloud on the horizon and it overtook the sky and I would cry, because the world needs heroes, the world needs the visionaries like Giger we the people need those artists like Giger, artists that inspire, that draw incredulity, that show us new and exciting possibilities and to me, and I am sure many others, the world is now not the same, a light has gone out and if I had one prayer for the world, for humanity, for our future, it is that I really hope a new person is out there not to take his place but to be their own person and inspire us all and show us visions that leave us in awe, that leave us wanting more and that show us creation and vision are alive and well and contributing to the consciousness of the human experience.
so my fullest respects to H R Giger and family and friends
because this is not the only artist I find inspiring and amazing I am very much a surrealist at heart and love such a lot of art work I will start a new section to be labelled simply ART at the top along with my many other sections for you to peruse ^_^
have a great day everyone