CRADLE OF FILTH guitarist Paul Allender is proving to be as skillful with a computer as he is with a six-string. With a life-long interest in art, he began producing computer-generated images for both his band and his own enjoyment several years ago. Recently, he joined forces with photographer Cindy Frey in a commercial partnership called Vomitorium. Rocknworld's Morley Seaver conducted an interview with Paul to get the details. Here's an excerpt:
Rocknworld: Can you explain the process of how one of your images gets created? How close is the relationship between the two of you in terms of the finished product? Does she shoot the piece and then it's just you working on it to completion or is it a collaborative process?
Paul: What usually happens is that when we have a project to do, we will get together and Cindy will shoot various subjects (albeit living or dead). I will art direct the shoot and then both of us will come up with some pretty strange and wonderful ideas while the shoot progresses. I will then take the images back to my studio and get to work on the art side of things. It's usually left up to me what the final image looks like, but as any good working relationship we are both open to suggestions.
Rocknworld: How long have you been into computer art and art in general? Did you take art in school?
Paul: I've been into art ever since I can remember. I've never really been any good at producing the images I see in my head on paper, but since I was introduced to computers and Photoshop, I found myself creating images that I saw in my head. I did take art at school but I didn't do anything with it. Everyone was always better than me. I have always been into dark art and all the school projects were still life shite! [Laughs] Everyone thought I was really weird at school and I had no interest in gay school art projects. I remember drawing this picture of a graveyard and the shit I got for it was incredible. They suggested therapy and stuff. All it did was make me laugh and give me the passion to produce some really sick images.
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