36 Styles consist of designs either I’ve created using Photoshop along with other graphic tools, as well as designs that were hand-drawn by Kung Fu Bob O’Brien. After seeing some …
Q&A With Artist Clayton Watts
36 Styles consist of designs either I’ve created using Photoshop along with other graphic tools, as well as designs that were hand-drawn by Kung Fu Bob O’Brien. After seeing some of Clayton’s artwork on his Facebook page, I had to reach out to him to see if he’d be interested in having his artwork featured on 36 Styles apparel.
I was very thankful that Clayton was a fan of the brand and had purchased some of our shirts. So it was exciting hearing from Clayton letting me know he would love to work together on putting out some designs in a collaborative effort.
I asked him a few questions so everyone could get to know him a little better. Thank you, Clayton, for taking the time to answer these questions. It’s been a pleasure working with you thus far. To everyone else, you could look forward to more of Clayton/36 Styles releases soon.
How long have you been a fan of martial arts cinema?
My interest in martial arts cinema began with the movies of Jackie Chan. Me and my friend took a great interest in high school. We would even joke about joining Jackie Chan’s special stunt team and would climb onto buildings and run around doing parkour. We were obsessed. From there, my interest blossomed into love when I watched The 36th Chamber of Shaolin. It was transformative for me and I began watching every martial arts film I could find.
What are some of your favorite films of the genre?
As I said earlier, 36th Chamber is among my favorite films of all time. Aside from that, I love an oddity called The Weird Man. It’s a historical fiction about a mystical Taoist during the era of the Three Kingdoms in Chinese history. It has some of the most bizarre scenes but an excellent sense of humor and dynamic fights. Another hidden gem for me is Ninja in the Dragon’s Den. Hiroyuki Sanada co-stars as the titular ninja on a mission of confused vengeance on his co-star Conan Lee. The English dub is hilarious. Don’t let the humor fool you—the fight scenes, especially the finale, are amazingly choreographed and even include huge set pieces.
I love your unique art style. How long have you been drawing?
Thank you! I have been drawing since I was a child. I have had no formal training, so learning was difficult, however, I think that helped me develop my style based on my interests in video game artwork and manga. I really got into daily drawing and practice about 5 or 6 years ago. It began more as a meditative process and evolved into honing a craft. I still have miles and miles to go. I eventually want to make the leap to digital drawing but I still have much to learn about the process in general.
Do you have a favorite 36 Styles design? If so, which is it?
My favorite design from 36 Styles is probably the first one I ever bought: Dance of the Drunken Mantis. I love that movie so that is what would lead me to finding your site. I was looking for info on the movie after I watched it and saw the shirt design. I got mine as a white design on a black shirt, one of my favorite looks for a t-shirt. I ended up getting about 6 or 7 more designs the following months and now I have quite the collection. Drunken Mantis still remains my favorite to rock and roll. Even over my own design haha!
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