Jurassic Park is the greatest film ever made. I know some people might disagree with that statement, but I saw it nine times in the theatre when it first came out in 1993! In fact I remember it being 1994 and it was still playing in the theatres, so I saw it again. During that time it influenced my childish artwork. Just imagine if it influenced someone with really great talent. American Artist Tyler Lamph is someone really talented who loves Jurassic Park and has let it influence his art. The results are very much like carnivorous dinosaurs, dark, creepy and twisted monsters. The details are beautiful and the use of colour is subtle yet powerful.
1. Where are you from?
I'm from Salt Lake City, Utah.
2. What got you interested in Art?
Jurassic Park. For sure. I saw it when I was three years old & it made my imagination explode. The only way for me to get my imagination out at that age was to put it on paper.
3. Where do you find your inspiration?
I find inspiration in everything really. It could be anything from a toenail to a tree to a pteranodon. I am always on the lookout for what might be the perfect fit for a picture.
4. Why is Jurassic Park the greatest movie of all time?
I don't know how many times I saw it in '93 as I was only 3 years old at the time but I doubt my parents took me 9 times. You're one lucky dude. My mom did say, however, that I was so excited that I was standing on the seat & she kept trying to cover my eyes but I kept swatting her away cause I didn't want to miss a thing. I was probably that kid that everyone in the theater hated. That movie will always be the best & WILL NEVER BE TOPPED.
5. How would you describe your style? How have others?
This is always a hard question to answer. Probably a pen & ink comic book style? Others have describes my art as "endearingly twisted".
6. What's the best compliment you've gotten that was meant as an insult?
I was told once that my painting techniques looked like crap & that a little kid could do better but kids really know how to paint. I love that they see lines that they're supposed to color inside of & just say "suck it, picture" & just color wherever they please.
7. What's something that not many people know about you?
I can lick my weenus.
8. Where would you like to see your work end up?
I would love to see it in the movies. Whether it's concept art or actually placed in the movie but I'm also just psyched to see it hanging in people's homes.
9. I found your work on Facebook from another artist that I follow that "liked" something you did and in turn I started following you as well. With social media you can see fairly quickly if something you have done is well received. Do you find a gap between a well-liked piece and sales? Or does a well-liked piece usually sell fast?
It's always a toss up. Some pictures blow up & get shared all over but may never sell & other pictures get very little feedback & sell before they're even listed for sale. I haven't found much of a correlation. Just randomness.
10. From start to finish what is your creative process?
It really depends on whether I'm doing a painted piece or a black & white piece. It usually goes pencil sketch, main inks, detail inks, shading, then finishing touches.
11. From your first pieces to where you are now, how would you say you've grown as an artist?
I've always been really into the inking & comic book style so when I started it was mainly basic linework with colors to add depth & shading but the more I work, the more I love linework. The more lines, the better.
12. Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies?
Oreo. Hands down. Those cookies are basically legal crack.
You can connect with Tyler on Facebook and Instagram, and his online store at Big Cartel. Now go watch Jurassic Park and buy some “endearingly twisted art”.