There are very few, and not all of them are good. I’m no expert, so I can’t tell you how to do it, or what is best. But, I have learned a lot of things – how to apply these skills in real life. I have a lot of experience. Maybe you could just ask a drawing teacher and see if it’s for you. I think I’m ready to try.
The art of comic illustration is an unusual job in that it is often highly technical. How did you end up studying this?
Actually, I had been following comics for many years because I’m a big fan of them. But, when I joined the editorial staff from Viacom, I did some more research and realized that we actually had the best comics magazines for students on campus. I knew this had to be the solution to keeping my artist friend. We had been making great comics for years.
Was this your dream?
I was a big fan of comic books as a kid, but I didn’t really like how complex they could be. It seemed like the art was only about building the characters and then having a few dialogue lines, etc. I was really in the dark about how this would work in the real world, so I was interested in the concept because I have a great understanding of how to build characters. It’s the same kind of challenge.
I guess that’s why I have an artist friend. We’re both so into comic books that all he has to do is draw people and have a conversation. He can start with a simple concept and make a masterpiece. I think I can draw better than him, though.
I remember having a very hard time just finding a good comic artist in my senior year. After you started school, you said you were looking for advice from someone more experienced. What advice did they give you?
That’s a good question. I was a big comic book girl, so I think I had a lot of experience with the business. Most of my friends went to work for an advertising agency or something, making a lot of big money. But, the other side of me was a math and science major so I was the only one in my dorm with a degree in applied mathematics, and I was looking at how to apply this to the comic business. There was so much information on what to do with the money. I got a lot of guidance from my good friends who came from marketing. They helped me