Paperback Writer has a real treat for all readers today. Author Victor Pross, famous caricature artist for the rich and famous is here to talk about his book Icons & Idols: Pop Goes the Culture. In this interview we get to find out how Victor came up with the idea for his book and who are the rich and famous as caricatures in his book.
About the Book:
Icons & Idols: Pop Goes the Culture is an eye-popping visual homage and satire of pop culture that is sure to tickle a funny bone. ICONS & IDOLS is comprised of Victor Pross’ “extreme caricatures” of the famous—such as Elvis Presley, Sylvester Stallone, Marilyn Monroe, George Bush, Albert Einstein—and others icons from the world of film, music and literature. Victor Pross’ most important works –over 70 paintings and drawings–is assembled under one volume to entertain and astound.
Welcome to Paperback Writer.
Thanks for having me.
Q: Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?
A: Sure. Well, I am professional artist and I wanted to create a book that would showcase my art. Because I am known for my “extreme caricaturing” of famous people, I felt the book should be about the makers and breakers of the famous—in other words, the icons and Idols of our age. My book, called “Icons & Idols,” is a satire of pop culture. So the book now has a theme and is an interesting read, and is not just an art book.
Q: Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?
A: Arts writer Edward Keenan and I conceived the basic idea. He is a big fan of my art and one day he made a casual suggestion that I create a book. He was to write the text for the book and I was to do the paintings. But we parted company and so I did both. Writing for me, really, is a second hat. But the book is very enjoyable reading that is peppered with eye-popping art, if I do say so myself.
Q: How did you come up with the title?
A: Yes, the book is called “Icons & Idols: Pop Goes the Culture”. Once the theme of the book was established, the title fell in my lap. It just became obvious. It is short and to the point. ICONS & IDOLS—because that is what it is about—and POP GOES THE CULTURE—because it is a satire of pop culture.
Q: How did you find an agent and publisher?
A: I am self-published. I found myself very easily. Ha! Let’s not forget that a lot of famous writers are self-published and that is fine.
Q: Who reads your work in progress?
A: Friends, they are objective.
Q: Who made a difference in the book’s quality?
A: My friend Rich Engle is one example. He edited the book. Rich is a professional writer now writing his first novel. Artist Rebecca Bessette is also an inspiration.
Q: How long did it take you to complete the first draft?
A: Oh, about two months.
Q: How long did it take from start to publication?
A: Two long years!
Q: Do you have any advice for new authors?
A: If you know you have talent—don’t give up on your dreams. And keep in mind, it is hard work. But realizing your dreams makes it worthwhile.
Thank you, Victor, for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of you tour.
About the Author:
Victor Pross is a professional artist born and raised in Toronto now residing in British Columbia. He is known for his “extreme caricaturing.”
He has many high profile commissions to his credit including painting Ron Howard’s caricature portrait as a gift for the famous director as well as painting various agents of the William Morris Agency. He has rendered numerous International celebrities and Canadian media personalities for commercial and private purposes. Victor Pross has been interviewed on television shows such as: Canada AM, Breakfast Television, News at Noon and has been pegged by Canadian Media as “Canada’s foremost caricature artist.”
He has worked on various posters, comic books and CD covers bringing to each work his own unique style. He is currently instructing an art class as well as offering his services as an editorial caricaturist. Victor’s first book, Icons & Idols, will feature a collection of the artist’s paintings and drawings and is now available. You can visit his website at www.victorpross.com.
Here’s what reviewers are saying!
“Pross’ portraits are frequently funny and striking in their grotesque exaggeration, but always powerfully able to reintroduce us to that which we take for granted. Pross’ talent leaps from the frame.”—William O’Higgins, arts writer.
“Victor, like his art, is larger than life. He tackles the big issues and puts them right in your face. I knew that making caricatures was about exaggerating the features a little. Little! Victor manages to exaggerate them a whole lot while keeping the essential personality clear. He does not walk the safe and simple path, but like his forebears walks the lonely path of seeking truth without flinching.”—Ray Thomas admirer.