Who are you?I am an Australian comic artist that lives in Canada and works as a Librarian. I have been drawing comics for over 20 years and have a passion for small press zines and alternative comics. My work over the years has been mostly autobiographical, however, in the past 5-6 years I have been experimenting with fictional comics. I'm married with three kids and a dog named Reese. My background is also in fine Arts with a degree in drawing and digital art. Art school was a challenging place for a comic artist, but it also gave me an appreciation and love of collages, digital art, and printmaking.
I recently launched a publishing project called Spare Parts Press, which focuses on helping independent creators distribute their work as ebooks in libraries and online book stores.
What is your background?I did not grow up reading comics other than Asterix and Tintin, as a matter of fact, I did not read that much at all, unfortunately (I do now). I think most of my childhood was spent for better or worse watching movies. I think this saturation in pop culture and celluloid led me later into picking up comics. First, it was superhero stuff, as that was what I was really exposed to through newsagents. I later went on to more alternative titles like ‘Madman’ by Mike Allred and ‘The Maxx' by Sam Kieth. I later got into Crumb which opened up a whole world of new comics and influences to me.
How long have you been making comics?I started making comics after getting into Crumb (approx 1997) and seeing the possibilities of the medium in terms of width and depth of stories. My thinking is almost that of a filmmaker (see above) but I don’t like the group effort it takes to make films, which is why I choose comics as a medium. Comics can be made on a tiny budget and can include anything in your imagination. Plus they can be worked on in private until you are ready for the world to see them, I like that the most.
How do you publish your work?I mostly self-publish in book form as it allows me control over my work. I am not opposed to being ‘published’ by other means but rather just enjoy getting my material out there any way I can.
Why do you use Blogger and not a professional website?I have been using Blogger for years, and I really like blogger's features, it makes it so easy to update and change the look and feel of the site, plus best of all it is free! I am not really concerned at this point that I do not have my own 'professional'. As I do this for free, I need to keep my overhead costs down too.
Where do I buy your stuff?You can order directly from me through email (see address at the bottom of the page) if you know what you are after, or an easier way would be to go to my etsy.com store to see what I have in stock. I also do print on-demand T-shirts through redbubble.com I have a range of shirts in the store already and can quickly make up a custom design based on previous artwork upon request.
How do you currently make your comics?I am always trying out new things, new tools, new methods, ink, paper etc.
Currently, all of my work has transitioned to digital. I use an iPad Pro with the app Procreate. My favorite brush pack is from the True Grit Texture Supply. I predominantly use a slightly modified version of the 'crispy inker' brush.
Previous to this, my process was:
Previous to this, my process was:
- I draw in my A5 or A4 size spiral-bound sketchbook. This is because it is portable and thus easier to draw anywhere. I do not mind drawing tables it is just that it can be hard to sit down at them and get work done. The book allows me to be anywhere.
- I recently started using a Col-Erase 'light blue' pencil. At first, I tried it out from curiosity but now I prefer not having to erase my lines and smudge up the page and my hand from graphite. I try to pencil in rough indications only as guidelines for my pen.
- I currently draw all my comics with my Steadtler .05 tech pen. I got so used to sketching with it was only natural to keep using it for ‘finished’ comics. Sometimes I feel bad that I should use a ‘real’ comic tool like a nib or brush and get a more variable line. But that is just another thing to slow down my comics-making ability.
- I always make my comics end up as pure line art, crisp B&W copies with no greyscale. My preferred method is to save scans as 1200 dpi bitmapped TIF’s.
- I have collated and folded so many books (which can be fun) that I enjoy leaving my focus on actually drawing them, I now prefer to find printers that can make the books for you.
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