Interview: Oliver Wetter

Name: Oliver Wetter

Age: 32

Artist of: Cthulhurotica (cover art)

Geographic Location: Germany, close to the borders of Luxembourg

Original Hometown, if different: Trier (The city where Karl Marx was born)

Twitter: @fantasiox

Website: http://fantasio.info

Past publicationsExpose #8 / Exotique #6 (Ballistic media); various cover artworks for sci-fi and fantasy book publishers which can be seen on my portfolio website.

Preferred media: Mixed media involving digital and traditional means.

What’s your favorite H.P. Lovecraft story or other Mythos story? There is  no specific favorite, I love the mythos and even more his biography. Like many other visual artists, I have rather a visual connection to the works of Lovecraft and there are a lot inspiring characters and creatures, an endless inspiration if you want.

What comes to mind when you think “Lovecraft” + “Erotica”? A morbid but fascinating state of transcendence, a sideshow of life, at least as we know it and something that even Tim Burton would hesitate to make a movie about.

What inspired your cover for Cthulhurotica? Probably the visit of the natural-historical museum in Vienna, where I took a photograph, it was so clear to me that I was onto something that fits two of my passions; trans-genetic-metahuman and creatures from mythology.

What music or movies helped you to while drawing? I seldomly watch movies while painting, but sometimes relaxing music, podcasts from colleagues or audiobooks are a worthwhile companion.

How many revisions did you do before the piece was complete? Not many, if I remember right, it ws done in one row of a 7-hour-session, with maybe a minor revision a day later.

Is there anything else you would like to know? Ask Oliver in the comments!