In current usage, the word "freak" is commonly used to refer to a person with something strikingly unusual about their appearance or behaviour.
An older usage refers to the physically deformed, or having extraordinary diseases and conditions, such as sideshow performers.
As artist I'm also known as "Innovari".
The nickname "Innovari" (meaning innovation or renewal in Latin) has been with me since I came across Syd Mead's prototype car design of the same name in his wonderful book "Sentinel." This work, with its air of "a new era of design" - along with the works of many SF and fantasy illustrators (such as Chris Foss, Peter Elson, Angus McKie, Chris Moore, Jim Burns, and Fred Gambino) - drove me over the years to do my own artwork.
"Fantastic fiction" always had a remarkable weight in my whole personal and professional life. I have been a professional SF author, I edited a fantasy and horror movie magazine, and for ten years have been chief modelmaker in my own special effects company.
In the last...
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