“I painted these prints with over 13 different acrylic colors and printed them myself. Each one is meticulously crafted, and unique. No two prints are identical. The brush strokes, colors, textures are different in each print.” – Zeb Love
We talked with Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Zeb Love to get some insight onto his latest prints of the incomparable Bob Ross.
1xRUN: When was the piece created?
Zeb Love: I started drawing this on Nov. 1st and it took around 2 weeks of work to finish the drawing, painting and printing.
1xRUN: Ok, what are some of the unique things you did for this current print?
Zeb Love: I felt that something special needed to happen in the background to capture the essence of Bob’s paintings. Instead of doing the same old boring lines in the background, I took part of one his paintings and tired to recreate it. By far this is the most elaborate and time consuming piece I’ve put together. This print has sparked how I will continue to progress with detail and imagery for my future prints.
1xRUN: How did the idea and execution of this print come about?
Zeb Love: I watched some videos of Bob painting, and I tried to mimic his style and technique. I wanted to try to make the print as authentic as I could. I also painted with over 13 different acrylic colors. I printed each one myself and each one is meticulously crafted, and unique. No two prints are identical. The brush strokes, colors, textures are different in each print.
1xRUN: Describe this print in one gut reaction word.
Zeb Love: Rapturous.
1xRUN: What are a few of the artists who inspired you early on?
1xRUN: What are a few of the artists who inspire you now?
1xRUN: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what?
Zeb Love: When I draw the prints I listen to everything from New Order to Rick Ross. When I paint them I watch The Simpsons and King Of The Hill, stuff like that. And when I print them, I usually put on some White Stripes vinyl.
1xRUN: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be?
Zeb Love: Collaborating with Aaron Horkey would be incredible.
1xRUN: If you could collaborate with any deceased artist who would it be?
Zeb Love: Gustave Doré is an artist that helped shape visions of Heaven and Hell and everything in between. He was brilliant.
1xRUN: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?
Zeb Love: The first print I bought was a year ago at a local Pittsburgh show. It’s by artist named Jesse Best. Yes I still have it hanging on my walls.
1xRUN: What was the last piece of art that you bought?
Zeb Love: The last print I bought was an Olly Moss piece titled ‘Double Ghosts’.
1xRUN: What else do you have in the works currently?
Zeb Love: I am working on two new prints for Gallery 1988 shows. I also have a few album art projects, some branding design and I’m drawing eight portraits for this Russian New Year’s Eve circus show entitled ‘Red Nick’. Also, I am drawing my next print for 1xRUN and the drawing is about 50% finished. Can’t wait to show who it is.
Read on for more taken from our previous interview with Zeb Love from his last print.
1xRUN: So we have had two other prints from you (with Kurt Vonnegut and Hunter S. Thompson) but we also have seen that you did a few explorers and scientists, what’s the idea behind memorializing these historical icons in these prints, how did it all come about?
Zeb Love: The first ones were historical people that I thought were cool, like Tesla and Amelia Earhart. Then just I kinda wanted to keep a set of three, that’s why I did three explorers. I remember them from social studies class and stuff, back when I was in middle school. I thought it might be cool to kinda revisit them because I feel like they don’t get enough recognition. They’re kinda easily overlooked.
1xRUN:As far as the process goes, it kinda seems like a block print, they look like they could have been made 100 years ago. How do you come up with these prints?
Zeb Love: I do it in Photoshop with a rough sketch of their outlines and then I just go back in line by line with a pressure sensitive pen and do it all. Target the shadows and the contours to fit without making lines that are… I dunno, I’m not very good with explaining it, I just do it.
1xRUN:Alright that’s the quote of the day. To expand on the social studies class love , one day you just decided to turn that into a print? How did that happen?
Zeb Love: I think a year ago a friend asked me to be a part of a gallery show and I hadn’t done any prints up until that point… So I said yea I’ll do some prints. It was kind of a weird science. I just took some figures and they were supposed to be a little different, that’s why Tesla was holding his head and Earhart has wings, Lincoln has a raygun. Out of the ordinary stuff, I like the style of prints old engravings and old woodblock prints, so I thought I’d do a spin off of that. It just kind of stuck.
Check out Zeb’s latest print of Bob Ross below.
See more of Zeb Love’s work on his website.