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Cam De Leon on MyArtSpace

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t_r_a_v_i_s, as well as willing an award for having one of the most annoying to type user names, has told Toolarmy members that there is an interview with Cam De Leon up n MyArtSpace. He only briefly talks about Tool, but it is an interesting read regardless.

Q. You created some of the early artwork for the band Tool. How did you meet the band? Can you tell our readers about that experience?

A. “I met Adam, working in the make-up effects industry, back in the late 80’s. We had a lot of similar influences and interests, so we became friends and hung out a hell of a lot.

About 3 or 4 years later the band came about, so I started right away making images to help with their promotion, at Adam’s request. The “wrench” was the first piece I did, to promote their first show. I did that in ink so it would Xerox easily for the flyers, but that sort of set up the look for most of the T-shirt art I did for them later.
Over the years, I’ve done art that’s been used on the covers of their first demo EP, “Opiate”, “_nima”, “Salival”, and the non-US release “Sober/ Tales from the Dark Side”, in addition to the art that’s appeared on many products. I also did a great deal of visual and concept development on most of the videos, which included the full body painting of the figures in both “Stinkfist” and “Schism”.
It was on these video projects that I got to know my friend Chet Zar, who was in charge of make-up and other physical effects, and has also contributed many of the 3D animated video loops that appear at their live shows. I continued to contribute art and design work, up until around 2002.”

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