Crooked Art: Ian Glaubinger



Interview with rad artist Ian Glaubinger

The 2nd artist to be featured here for Crooked Art is Ian Glaubinger (check out the previous one with Tom Krohne)! You may recognize some of his work at the very top of this very website. Yep Ian provided the art for the Crooked Ninja banner. You can check out more of his work on his personal website, buy some prints from his Etsy shop, and follow him on Twitter.

As an added bonus we will be giving away a signed print from Ian! Simply leave a comment on this article to be entered. Contest ends March 31st!

* Contest now over, the winner is Greg Gosline! Winning number selected through


What is your primary medium of creating? Tools of your trade?
Typically all my work starts with pencil and paper, at least for a concept or rough idea. Recently I’ve moved heavily into digital using a Wacom Cintiq (large monitor that you draw directly on) without any actual original drawing. Depending on the style I’m going for I switch between Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

I’m influenced by the cartoons of Warner Bros, Disney, UPA, MGM, Hanna Barbera, etc.. My work is also heavily influenced by all things retro; pop-culture, advertising, music, typography, architecture and more. Some of my biggest influences today are guys like Christopher Lee, Dave Perillo, Tom Whalen, Matt Kaufenberg, Derek Yaniger and Kevin Dart. I may or may not have a unhealthy obsession with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.heroes-in-a-half-shell-web

Favorite themes for creating?
I love creating simple interpretations of existing properties. Putting my own spin on things has always been something I have worked hard on. I also love to put humor into the subjects I draw whether they are considered funny or not. 

Favorite pieces?
Probably my Roger Rabbit/American Gothic painting mash-up and my Breaking Bad: The Animated Series piece.
What is your process generally like?
As I mentioned earlier, everything starts with either a very loose or very tight pencil sketch. I usually scan or even take a picture of it with my phone and bring that into Photoshop or Illustrator (depending on the style I’m going for) and use that as the basis for the final digital piece. Sometimes I just trace my actual pencil drawing on the computer because I nailed down what I want in the sketch.
How do you break through creative blocks?
If I ever get stuck, I have to walk away from it. Watch some TV, play (LOTS OF) video games, just something to get my mind off of it. Nothing special.
What is your work space like?
Covered in toys, art and inspiration! It is still not quite done or completely filled up but one day it will be. Here is a pick I recently took of my work space: 
Where do you find inspiration?
The movies I see. The TV I watch. I artists I follow (this one especially). The toys I collect. The world I live in. Inspiration is literally everywhere.
When did you start getting into creating art? Has it been a lifelong passion?
I have bee drawing for as long as I could remember. Since I was little I loved to draw. I actually originally wanted to be a paleontologist when I was little because of much I loved dinosaurs (I still love them by the way). After I realized how much school and work it took to become one I decided to stick with just drawing dinosaurs instead. From there I knew I wanted to draw for the rest of my life and here I am as an adult doing just that. While I don’t get to draw full time (I do web design as a day job) but one day I hope I can do that.
Advice for up and coming artists?
Just draw. Draw, draw and keep drawing. Put your stuff on the internet, get it seen. Most of all, be patient. Sometimes you can get noticed quickly but more often then not, it takes a long time to get noticed/established and to get to work on dream projects.Print
Offbeat Questions
Favorite cartoon as a kid?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Favorite toy line?
While I the 80’s Playmates Ninja Turtles will always be my absolute favorite there are a bunch of close “2nds”. Including (older stuff) StarCom, Dino-Riders, Battle Beasrobocop-webts, Transformers, over-sized bendy rubber WWF figures, Legos, Constructs, GI Joes, Generic Plastic Dinosaurs/Monsters and (newer stuff) McFarlane Predators, Invader Zim, Palisades Muppets, McFarlane Halo– this list could go on and on and on and on…
If you could live in one fictional place, where would it be?
Hollywood, 1947 set in the world of Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, or The Foot Clan?
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