Anthony Lonas Jr.
Anthony Lonas Jr (EFFY) is an illustrator born in Athens, OH. He grew up inspired by artists such as H.R. Giger, Alex Grey and Chet Zar. Drawing most of his life and never really letting go of the arts in his life he found his love of comics and soon stumbled upon artists Ben Templesmith, Ashley Wood, Jhonen Vasquez who indirectly would help mold and refine his personality and style into what it is today. Drawn into the dark images and creepy things that make people unsettled, he defines his style with dark tones and subtle imagery that picks your brain. Anthony spent a couple years attending the art institute of Pittsburgh as a graphic designer but realized that he would rather go back to his life as an illustrator and started painting again.
More of Anthony’s work can be viewed on his WEBSITE.
Which creators are inspirations to you?
First off lets go back to my roots of inspiration. Alex Grey and H.R. Giger started it all. As I grew up Johnan Vasquez inspired me to look at story and comic art differently. I soon discovered Ben Templesmith and Ashley wood and this changed my concepts of how art can be interpreted and expressed. I also have a soft spot in my heart for Alex Pardee, Because he is awesome.
What is your favorite part of drawing/coloring?
My favorite part? Just creating something from ones mind. To take an idea that you spawned from nothing and actually forming something tangible from it. If your creations gain traction and get respect from the community, then build your empire.
Comics are the best way to express your vision within a deep story. If you are the artist then you have the change to mold the top layer of the stories skin that directly impact how one interoperates that story. The art of a book can directly impact a reader in more ways than one and I think that is beautiful.
Favorite comic of all time?
That is a hard question to ask. A lot of what I look at first in a comic book is the art, so if the story is on point, the book is a winner. What hit me for comics was Fell by Ben Templesmith. The story was so deep and the art powered right behind it.
Worst comic movie?
Do you listen to music, watch a certain show or are you in silence when you draw/color?
I typically just throw on some Spotify to go at the art hard.
Dysphoria (Broken Icon Comics)
Note from Anthony:
Big shout out to Eric for shoving me into the comic world and really making me pumped to be in the scene. Before him, I just did art in unorganized spotty sessions. The concept of making covers and art for these books and going to shows and signing copies to see people smile at your work is inspiring. Thank you.