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Luke Stelmaszek
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Since I was little, I’ve loved dinosaurs, monsters, and Kaiju.

I saw my first Godzilla movie, “Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster” at age 4 or 5. I was hooked immediately.

As a kid growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, I was constantly exposed to dinosaur and monster stuff. Mothra, Rodan, “The Land that Time Forgot,” “Jurassic Park,” Jim Henson’s “Dinosaurs” show, and anything Ray Harryhausen did…all were huge influences on me.

But it didn’t stop with TV and movies. G-Fan magazine turned me into a serious collector of Kaiju and Japanese hero comic books, figures, and other merchandise.
How I fell in love with drawing Kaiju…

I can’t remember when I started drawing Kaiju. It was just natural.

I’d see a dinosaur or Godzilla movie and I’d draw it. I had to pause our old VHS tapes and draw what was on the screen – not an easy thing to do! The screen would be fuzzy; it wasn’t like DVDs or BluRay today.

I was also influenced by Kaiju and comic book artists. I loved the painterly, realistic style of Bob Eggleton. Arthur Adams was another favorite. And the original Japanese monster movie posters, with their bold styling, were huge inspirations.
My artistic education

I was drawing all the time – even in school. I often got in trouble for drawing on homework! I took tons of art classes, but my school only taught the basics. I always knew I wanted to pursue art as a career and I couldn’t wait for college.

I attended duCret School of Art in Plainfield, New Jersey. The classes were small and the school felt like family.

I loved my teachers. I studied under Mark Romanoski, William O’Connor, Kevin Sadler, and Peter Caras. I learned advanced illustration and graphic design skills, plus programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. I graduated with a Commercial Artist certificate in 2005.
My professional career

My first professional work was for Legend of the Five Rings, a role-playing, collectible card game. But most of my other work has been for art shows, conventions, and private commissions. These include G-Fest, Lunacon, New York Comic Con, Philcon, and Castle Point Anime Con.

I’ve won awards ranging from first, second, and third place ribbons to “Best Horror,” “Inspiring Artist,” and “Outstanding Fine Arts Achievement.”

Currently, I work full time in New Jersey, as head of my township’s Sign Shop. I design logos, banners, and promotional and event signage. I’ve done local TV jobs and seen my work on buttons and bookmarks at Township events. I’m also in charge of the backgrounds, sets, and character designs for my town’s walk-through Halloween event: Halloween Monster Mania.

In the near future, I’ll be starting a graphic design and illustration business. And I plan to work on more Godzilla and Kaiju projects, connect with fans, and record Youtube art demo videos.
I’d love to meet you!

I love talking with fellow fans about favorite monsters and ultimate Kaiju vs. Kaiju duels.

I’ll be in Artist’s Alley at this year’s G-Fest 23 in Chicago, IL. If you’re planning to attend, stop by and say hello. If you can’t make it, connect with me through Facebook, check out my work on DeviantArt, or write to me through my Contact Page. I look forward to meeting you!

Here is the link to my Etsy shop:

www.etsy.com/shop/KaijuIllustr…
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skullghidorah2016 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
happy birthday 
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Zimzilla99 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018
happy birthday 
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kaiju-hime Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there! I finally made an account here so I can start following your work! thanks so much for the gorgeous artwork of my design! I have her hanging up in my studio :)
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KaijuIllustrator Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome!  Glad you like the drawing Painter   Sorry that I haven't replied back on your post here, this is actually my first time since the beginning of the year to look at my comments/deviant page, been really busy.

I saw that you are now part of Artist Alley at G-Fest this year...CONGRATS! It's a lot of fun every year.  Looking forward to seeing your artwork.  Two and a half weeks left till G-Fest!
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kaiju-hime Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No worries! I have been really bad at checking my deviantart as well. ;_;
I'm excited for the con this year and looking forward to it! I hope we get a chance to meet up! :)
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Zimzilla99 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2017
happy birthday
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KaijuIllustrator Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconzimzilla99:
Zimzilla99 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2017
No prob
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:iconskullghidorah2016:
skullghidorah2016 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday.
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KaijuIllustrator Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you
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