by Jennifer Stephens
Jeremiah Goldson is not unlike his comic book heros: quiet and efficient, he keeps his head down and gets his work done when he's in the office. Outside of the office, though, he reveals his alter-ego: tech support by day, Goldson is an artist and graphic novel illustrator by night.
Modwest proudly presents Goldson's work to the public for the first time at its offices during the upcoming First Friday on October 7, 2011.
But who is Jeremiah Goldson?
Drawing inspiration from science fiction as a child (Blade Runner, Star Wars, Trek), Goldson naturally fell "in love at first sight" with comic books around 12 or 13 consuming works by Jim Lee, Miller, Silvestri, and McFarlane in the early 1990s and later on Hitch, Bachalo, and Frank Quitely. Manga and anime works by Otomo, Shirow, Mamoru Ishii, and Production I.G. naturally fed Goldson as well.
From this foundation, Goldson now works to remove remnants in his art of the work that once inspired him in order to reveal his own style. Current work finds its genesis outside the comic book realm from such areas as fashion, photography, and literature. Goldson describes the style he's developed as "intentionally unpleasant" and categorizes it in the scifi, fantasy, and cyberpunk genres.
Although he pursued formal art training for a while at the University of Montana's art department, Goldson primarily is self-taught and terminated formal training because "[he] already knew what he wanted to do."
Goldson's choice of media is not fancy: black and white illustration done in graphite and pen and ink with a few charcoal pieces were created on standard 8 1/2" x 11" copy paper until he upgraded to an artist sketch book
This image of Goldson's, titled Spinning in Daffoldils, draws from music of the same title by the band Them Crooked Vultures. Goldson explains that he draws much inspiration from music: "anything that makes me feel something real."
Besides stand-alone pieces, Goldson is the illustrator for a new work written by Roel Torres, Rogue Agent Zed, which is slated to be completed by the end of 2011. Goldson describes Zed as being about "a junkie British task force agent; a dystopian future; government corruption. The script reminds me of the X-Files, written by a mid-80's William Gibson, commissioned by Marvel Comics."
Previous projects by Goldson include an older cyberpunk webcomic, Monica Furious, and Goldson confesses that he "sometimes still gets emails" about the story.
Jennifer Stephens is Modwest's Customer Engagement Manager, Missoula native, J-school grad, and MBA holder who loves a good latte, music, and social media. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.