Inspired at age 5 by a viewing of ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET
FRANKENSTEIN, award-winning artist Frank Dietz has found success in the
film industry as a writer, producer, director, actor and animator. As one of the new
wave of classic monster illustrators, he was inspired by the work of artists like
Basil Gogos, Frank Frazetta, Jack Davis and Mort Drucker. Frank pays tribute to
his heroes through oils, charcoal, pastel, watercolor and pencil.
Frank grew up on Long Island, N.Y., and then attended the State
University at Oswego, where he majored in theatre and art. He starred in a
series of now-cult low-budget horror films like ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE, ROCK N'
ROLL NIGHTMARE, BLACK ROSES and THE JITTERS.
Bitten by the film
bug, Frank then moved to Los Angeles, where his screenwriting career began.
He wrote the scripts for many independent features, including NAKED SOULS,
COLD HARVEST and the MAGIC IN THE MIRROR series.
In 1996, Frank returned to his artistic roots and joined Walt Disney
Feature Animation as an animation artist. His work can be seen in such films as
HERCULES, MULAN, TARZAN, FANTASIA 2000, ATLANTIS - THE LOST
EMPIRE, TREASURE PLANET and HOME ON THE RANGE.
During this period Frank created the SKETCHY THINGS series of classic
monster sketchbooks, which became extremely popular with genre fans. This
lead to years of commissions for horror and fantasy books, magazines and
convention appearances. In October 2006 he was invited to host a solo Gallery
Show of his oil paintings and sketches in Burbank, CA.
In both 2007 and 2008, Frank was awarded the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror
Award for “Artist Of The Year.” This year he hands over his crown to none
other than his hero, Basil Gogos.