At first I used to go to comic cons to show my work to comic book companies. I met quite a few people during my visits. The last few times I went, I still lived in New York but I came home discourage. I felt I was just not cut out for making comics, at least not working for any publishers. So, I decided to start my own, and tell my own stories. I wanted to be a comic book artist, and it didn’t matter how I got there, but I was going to get there. I started working on pages for The Show comic and putting it out there for the world to see. One of the first places I shared my work on was Deviant Art. I did this consistently in other forums, letting writers know I was available to draw comics. I used some of my pencils and finished pages to showcase what I could do. It wasn’t long before I began working with an independent writer/publisher from New York. And then another. Not quite a huge success story, I know, but I was doing the work I wanted to be doing, even if it was as a freelance gig.
I want MY characters to be
the ones you take home with you and drool over.
I know a lot of artists go to cons, get tables and sell their art. Most artists sell prints and fan art of other individual properties. There is nothing absolutely wrong with that. Heck, I would love to make that a thing for me but unfortunately I’m too stuck in telling my stories. I want MY characters to be the ones you take home with you and drool over. I want the world to hear my stories, because after all, I’m a storyteller.
As I’m working on my new book, Ghosts: The Corechasers, I find myself excited with every panel I draw; This panel in particular. I have been noodling this drawing too much. I didn’t realize it until I zoomed out and saw how insignificant all the details I created were. See for yourself. I just love the way Argus looks, majestically sitting on her commanding chair. I’ll simplify this of course, now that I’m aware of it, but I may use this detail in a future panel.
With working digitally, You have the ability
to work so tight and close that you sometimes
lose perspective of how the whole page looks
This is just one of the mishaps that comes with working digitally. You have the ability to work so tight and close that you sometimes lose perspective of how the whole page looks. While, working in this platform can be redundant and counter productive at times, the final product is amazing. It doesn’t matter too much what medium I use to make comics, I just love making them. So I will be concentrating most of my energy on doing just that.
Do you draw comics? Let me know down in the comments what you are working on.
Until next time, #drawwatuwant.