How do you express your fandom?
Art. It’s been a hobby of mine to draw the guys ever since high school.
Describe exactly what it is that you do.
I mainly do pencil-sketch portraits of the band members. But I also still have paintings and ink prints I did for college art classes many years ago. Lately though, I have had more fun manipulating DD pictures in Adobe Photoshop on the computer.
Why did you choose this means of expressing your fandom?
Drawing has always been a fun outlet for me. I prefer faces and figures over landscapes or objects, so when I became a Duranie, the band members proved to be a big inspiration.
Tell me your fandom story. When did you become a fan? What drew you to Duran Duran?
During the spring of 1994, I was nearing the end of my 9th grade year in school. On the bus one morning, something on the radio managed to catch my attention. I had never heard it before, didn’t recognize the artist or anything. But I thought the melody was beautiful and something about the vocals drew me in. The little bit I could remember stayed in my head all day. Luckily it was on the radio again on the way home from school and I was sitting next to a friend who knew what it was: “Ordinary World”. Later that same day I saw “Come Undone” on MTV for the first time. From that moment on, I was hooked. I spent the following summer catching up on everything and anything DD. I think my entire allowance was devoted to buying nothing but Duran CDs, posters, etc. for quite a while after that, too!
How else do you participate in the fandom?
In the early years (late ’90s for me), I participated in a lot of meetups in Missouri (we called ourselves the MODuranies). I knew a few fellow Duranies in high school. But we’ve all most gone our separate ways since then. Also, unfortunately, I’ve only been to a precious few shows so far. The bulk of my fandom has been undoubtedly online. I’ve been a regular on the Lizard King message board for over a decade. I regularly read a few others, and I have lots of Duranie friends on Facebook. I wish I could devote more time and money into fandom. I do still love to hang out with fellow fans in person when I can. But life has a way of making me change my priorities now that I’m older. The internet, though less personal, has been the most convenient way to participate on a regular basis.
What has the reaction been to your art? What do people think of your work?
Most people I’ve shared my artwork with seems to like it overall, I guess. I don’t expect much since I draw mostly for myself. But it is nice to share it with other fans. I have gotten a couple reactions I’m rather proud of, too, though.