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"My Pet Skeleton" is the pseudonym for the award-winning graphic artist Vincent Marcone. This curious-sounding epithet caught on, crept in, and slowly replaced his own name. As “My Pet Skeleton”, Vincent catapulted to early success when his work and online worlds caught the attention of David Bowie, Guillermo Del Toro, Clive Barker, and the Godfather of Goth himself, Peter Murphy. His particular approach to painting album covers, designing intricate online worlds, and directing weirdo music videos has earned him awards from places as diverse as the Emmys, the Junos, and even a Cannes Film Festival nomination for his short film, “The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow.”
Marcone is also known for his second alter-ego as co-founder/co-producer of the music & art collective "Johnny Hollow", whose 3 full-length albums, innovative websites, and live performances have gathered a loyal fanbase across the globe.
Vincent developed his unique style by combining his affection for the 600-year-old art of intaglio printmaking with his love of computer graphics. Early in his studies at the University of Waterloo, he would scrape and etch and carve his images onto zinc plates of all shapes and sizes, then send them hurtling through antiquated hand-turned presses. This experience and love of an old world aesthetic is what sets him apart from other digital artists. He handles his digital paintings as he handled his etchings, focusing in on the line work and meticulously placing each pixel to convey a sense of mood and ambiance. Drawing from a personal library of over 500 original textures (each created with metal plates and hand-wiped inks), Marcone uses his computer to fuse together media of all sorts to create imagery that is part of a larger story.
Vincent lives in Kitchener, Ontario where he is currently painting new pictures and crafting new tales.
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Shortlist of Awards
|Aurora Award||Best English Graphic Novel||The Lady ParaNorma||NA||2016|
|Juno Award||Best Album Cover & Design||It Dreams||Jakalope||2005|
|Emmy Award||Creative Director & Designer for an Online Installation||Out My Window||National Film Board of Canada||2011|
|Emmy Award||Creative Director & Designer for an Online Installation & Game||Fallen||ABC / Xenophile||2007|
|Emmy Nomination||Creative Director & Designer for an Online Narrative & Game||Inside Hana's Suitcase||CBC / Xenophile||2010|
|Cannes Film Festival Nomination||Best Digital Short||The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow||NA||2008|
|Genie Nomination||Best Short Film||The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow||NA||2008|
|New Orleans Film Festival||Best Animated Short||The Lady ParaNorma||
|Much Music Video Nomination||Best Music Video (4 nominations)||Feel It||Jakalope||2005|
|FWA Site of the Year Award||Best Flash Website||Johnny Hollow Riddle Site||Johnny Hollow||2005|
|Master Craftsmanship Award ~ Conestoga College||Best Portfolio of Work||NA||NA||1998|
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