Recently, I mentioned working on a Zuda pitch called Planet X and how artist Chaz Truog was turning in some great pages. Well, today I would like to further introduce you to Chaz with this interview we conducted via email.
I was very proud of the fact that art from Chiaroscuro: The Private Lives of Leonardo da Vinci was on display in the Seattle Art Museum's show: "Leonardo Lives", alongside art from famous artists like Warhol, Rembrandt, and Leonardo himself; and that the series was nominated for an Eisner Award.
My favorite individual piece of art was a cover I did for Mailbu Comics' Planet of the Apes series.
JS: Who would you say are some people that influence your art?
CT: The two biggest influences on my art have been Frank Thorne (Red Sonja, Ghita of Alizarr) and John Buscema.
I met Buscema briefly in what turned out to be his final convention appearance in 2001. I've been coresponding with Thorne since '94, he's currently doing a lot of work for Playboy, he's in his seventies and going strong!
JS: I've posted numerous ads on Digital Webbing in the past, but this was the first time I've ever gotten a response from you. Was there something about the Digital Webbing ad that interested you in the project?
JS: So far, how would you describe your experience working on Planet X?
CT: Fun! I enjoy inking my own work.
JS: What other projects have you worked on recently?
CT: I've been working on a few comics projects (the up-coming Octobriana), various local freelance gigs, and I just picked up a few sculpture commissions.
JS: You have a lot of experience with print comics, but is this your first web comic project?
CT: Yes. The main difference is thinking in terms of horizontal composition, as opposed to the vertical compositions of print comics.
JS: On http://www.chaztruog.com/ you mention that you also have acted. How long have you been doing that?
CT: I've done plays in high school and college, and I've had a chace to do a few local independant films: Go to Hell (1999) and Planetfall (2005), among others. Check them out on Netflix!
JS: Are you acting in anything currently?
CT: I'm acting right now! LOL, as the kids say.
JS: Thank you!