Hi. I really like your work. I was just wondering the name ( if there is a name) of the type. Like animation ? or like a comic ? Regards. xo
Thanks! I’m not sure there’s a singular sort of name for what I do cause it’s a kind of mish-mash of a bunch of stuff other people do and like. Most of my work is just freelance editorial illustration for magazines and books. My influences come from other folks who do that from the 1960s-present, French, American, and Japanese comics, animation, and some fine art stuff. I do enjoy a lot of what people call: mid-century modern cartooning, because I focus a lot on simple shapes and dynamic compositions. There are a lot of people who do things in a similar way. I think it’s mostly cause all creative things move in a cyclical way (like fashion), and a lot of us like the same fun stuff.
Hi! Just wanted to say that I really love your work (and I'm in total love with your art for The Cave!) I look forward to seeing more of your amazing and inspiring art.
That’s very sweet of you to say! Thanks very much! I’m always doing new editorial stuff, but I’m currently working on a comic (which I’ll be dropping all sorts of info about soon) called Doom Cannon. It’s about giant robots filled with sad teenagers, and if you liked the look of my stuff in The Cave it should be right up your alley!
your compositions are really fun and dynamic is there anything you do in your process that helps you come up with them?
Well, I’m working on a piece right now that’s got a lot going on in it composition-wise. I’m by no means an expert on this sort of thing, and the fast answer is that I move things around till they look good! This is a sample of my super rough compositional under-drawing/sketch. A few things I try to keep in mind are: Avoid a lot of boring parallel lines. Take advantage of not just the x & y axis but also use z to create a little depth and make the foreground middle ground and background separate. Frame the piece in by directing the eye toward the important parts of the piece and not off the page. Try to take advantage of the real estate on your page but don’t clutter it up. Design the page overall first and then think about details (I have no idea what these people really look like yet. No costume details etc). Don’t make too many same-size things (it stagnates your composition). Don’t be afraid to crop things and do it in interesting ways. Do lots of thumbnail sketches. Don’t get too precious about certain areas of your drawing. Be willing to change it completely until it looks right to you. Draw a whole bunch all the time until you get it. It clicks eventually. I think good composition is one of the hardest bits. Once mine got a little better and I stopped doing puppet show looking stuff my work improved a ton.
Hope this was a little helpful! I don’t usually write a bunch of silly notes on my sketches. They’re just there to show you how I’m thinking about the diagonal lines and sizes of stuff in the piece so far!