In Dysmorphic Kingdom, Minimus is Prince Magnus’ princely penis, who because of some strange magic has been detached from his body.
Me: One of the reasons why I like your drawing is that it represents a penis without being pornographic. Did you do that on purpose?
Valentine: Yeah, I think so. There is an overflowing universe of salacious material present nowadays that tends to obviate the novelty of porn in art.
Me: What do you think of Minimus’ character, and how does that translate to this picture of him?
Valentine: Minimus keeps developing, deepening until he transcends absurdity. It’s why I gave him eyes. I imagine there would be something wistful about him in the midst of his rampaging lust; a spiritual yearning for reunion. I also think that his ambition must be acknowledged, so I drew Minimus with his attention on the taking of political power in Malland.
Me: Why is there a rainbow in the background?
Valentine: Rainbows simultaneously evoke wishes and barriers.
Me: Can you say something about the development of your distinct style of drawing?
Valentine: It’s deliberately feeble, in a way. I use my wrong hand, the left one, and a cursor pad instead of drawing straight onto a screen, so it’s very hard to control the line or even see where it’s going. Everything is colored with a flat paint bucket fill, which is usually a bad way to operate because it is so limited. I look for constraints that force choices to make the process more immediate. Even if the result is loaded with illustrative errors and visible corrections, it is hopefully more memorable as a result of this method.