I have a lot of amazingly talented friends and I’m always on the hunt for more. So when my path crossed with Jon’s, a man whose pop culture sensibilities mirror my own (I mean, horror and heavy metal, what else is there?) we instantly became online friends. The moment I saw his art, I knew he’d be a perfect candidate for a PopLurker artist feature. Check out his Instagram and give his work some love, Lurkers!
Would you please introduce yourself for PopLurker readers? What is your name, where do you live, and what sort of art do you produce?
My name is Jon Cruz. I’m originally from Long Island but I’ve lived in Brooklyn for the last five years. I focus mostly on horror art these days but I’ve been known to dabble in fantasy and comic.
What are some of your favorite things? Like, anything, really. Tell us about yourself!
I’m a simple guy. I like black coffee, old fashion doughnuts, brutal heavy metal, cold beer and blood soaked horror movies.
When did you know that a lifetime of art was in your inevitable future? Is this a hobby or a career? How do you make time for the things that you love?
Ever since I first picked up a crayon I knew I’d never stop drawing. At this point it’s a hobby that’s made me some money here and there but I’d like to be able to make a living of it. Since my daughters started school I’m able to put pencil to paper more frequently now, but when they’re home, they’re number one.
When did you decide to make the leap into Pop Culture art? What was the show or movie that really inspired that for you?
The video game Splatterhouse. I would draw Rick Taylor constantly when I was a kid. After that I’d just draw as many different comic book, video game and movie characters as possible.
What would you say are your biggest fandoms? The ones you enjoy most or consider yourself part of?
Splatterhouse, Friday the 13th, Predator, and Ghostbusters.
What are some fandoms or hobbies that your own fans wouldn’t expect? Something that never makes an appearance in your art?
I love Goosebumps but I don’t know if I’ll ever do a Goosebumps piece.
Where do you currently sell your pieces? Are you in the convention scene? How far do you travel to build your platform?
At the moment I’m primarily doing commissions. I’m looking to open an online store in the coming months, we’ll see about conventions after that.
Is there anything new in the pipeline for you? Do you have any upcoming projects or secrets you want to share with us here at PopLurker?
I can’t say much about it, but I’m currently storyboarding a short film and working on a children’s book.
Do you have any social media or an online store? How can our readers find you and your awesome work? Plug yourself, your projects, and give me all your links!
I’m on Instagram!
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