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Caza fhtagn !
With the recent release of the Call of Cthulhu art print by Caza on the Geek-Art Store, we figured it would nice having a little chat with this legendary French sci-fy artist !
GEEK-ART : Could you tell us about the history of this artwork ? How it was borne ?
CAZA : It began with a quite ugly story, that ended well. I was at a friend’s house and I discovered the catalog from the French RPG publisher Descartes. They had this boardgame with a cover illustration that clearly was a rip-off of one of my works. So I contacted them and told them that if they wanted a “Caza style” illustration, they would have better contacted me directly ! They apologized and later commissioned me for the cover of their “Call of Cthulhu” RPG, and then for the game master screen. All ended well !
GEEK-ART : How did you work on this artwork ?
CAZA : Acrylic painting on paper, with airbrush, then classic brush. Lots of brush strokes !
GEEK-ART : Could you introduce yourself in a few words for those who don’t have the chance to know your work ?
CAZA : I was born in Paris in 1941, and I do live now in the South West of France. I appear to be an illustrator in science-fiction, but I also am a comic books artist, a cartoon artist, and cartoonist. I’ve been drawing sci-fy since the 1970s for various French publishers, with a few hundreds covers done so far. I also worked for RPGs and video games.
As a comic book artist, I created a few short stories in magazines such as Heavy Metal before creating a saga called “the World of Arkadi”, in 10 volumes. A big sci-fy / ecologist saga that takes place on Earth, 10,000 years in the future. Only one face of the Earth is still under the sun’s light…
In the 80’s, I also participated to the movie “Gandahar” for René Laloux. In the 2000s I wrote the scenario and drew “Children of the Rain”, directed by Philippe Leclerc in 2003.
Since 2009, following my involvement in politics and ecology, I’ve been mainly drawing satyrical cartoons for French newspapers.
In 2012, I created CAZA eBOOK, I reprint my first books and a few new ones !
GEEK-ART : What is your vision of pop culture today, and what differences in the world of illustration can you find between the 90s and today ?
CAZA : I’ve never been really good answering this kind of questions… But I do realize that the number of Sci-fy illustrators has really been increasing, with a LOT of very talented people. And they do so well with the modern tools they use. The old school “Heavy Metal” generation produced a lot of artists today. From my point of view, I really enjoy the revival of the pop-art / psychedelic art, especially in the anglo-saxon countries. For example, I sell a lot of my comic book “Kris Kool”, an oldie from the 70s. I also get more and more commissioned to created vinyl covers from bands referring to Heavy Metal. And I like it !
You can fin the limited edition of “The Call of Cthulhu” by Philippe Caza on the Geek-Art Store.