THE ARTIST: Eric Fox, Nevada City |

THE ARTIST: Eric Fox, Nevada City

What is your career and your current job title? Makeup F/X artist

Describe in a sentence or two your art. I make rubber monsters and puppets for movies, music videos and TV commercials.

How long have you been working in this discipline? I have been in the business 13 years.

Why do you do it? I grew up on ’80s horror movies, and I was always fascinated by all the crazy monsters.

What do you hope to accomplish? I am currently working on opening up an effects studio in the area to provide some work for local artists on some film productions.

Do you create your art with an exact message you want the viewer to receive and if yes, what is that message? I try to give the director what they are looking for, but with my own little twist.

Where do you want to be with your art, in terms of part time versus full-time status, art positions and where your works are seen? I am a full-time artist now. As far as work being seen, I am working on finishing some pieces for some up coming art shows.

What kind of special training did you take? I am self taught. I just read every book on the subject I could find; a lot of trial and error.

What’s your favorite part of your endeavors? When we film a creature or an effect and it goes as planned.

What’s your least favorite part of your endeavors? The long hours that take away from my beautiful wife and kids.

How many hours a day, or more appropriate, a week, do you spend on your work? It depends on the job, anywhere from 8-12 a day.

Do you consider it hard work and could anyone do it? It is hard, but fun. I think it takes a certain type to make it in this business.

Any other comments you’d like to include? There are a lot of talented artists in our town. To them I say, keep up the good work.


“The Artist” appears each Friday. To suggest a creative talent who should be profiled in this feature, contact Pam Jung at or 477-4232.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User