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Whitney Weber: A to Z Challenge

Honestly, I can’t remember where I found Whitney Weber’s work. I’m so glad that I did! She’s a tinker at heart and a Ravenclaw. I can totally see us having sparkling cider and tinkering on our newest project. It would be lovely.

If you have a chance, visit her website and support her tinkering.

What was the first thing that you were proud of drawing?

Hard for me to remember the very first, I was much more proud of my work when I was little and drawing all the time. The first thing I was proud of when I started my digital work was a piece for my Intro to digital art class, it was a scene from what is now the basis for my YA graphic novel with a few of my main characters that I have since redrawn.

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on my graphic novel, a very slow process, and also a collection of Fae pieces that I sell at conventions and gallery shows.

Who has influenced you the most as an artist?

Eyvind Earle and Brian Froud are the most inspirational for me. I remember being a kid and looking through every Faerie book of Brian’s in the library and being completely captivated. Eyvind’s work is most known from Sleeping Beauty and it will always stand out to me with its rich colors and his overly detailed yet somehow still simplistic look. I try my best to include as much meaningful detail and whimsy into all my work as these two talented artists.

Who is your favorite female superhero/villain/comic book character?

Rogue has always been one of my favorites as well as Mystique.

Do you think people expect a certain type of art from you since you are female? For example, do people expect something cute and are surprised that you specialize in zombies or vampires?

Actually I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the lack of stereotyped expectations I’ve received. Every time I’ve been asked onto a job it’s always been for the overall look of my work and less about the subject matter. I’m really happy about that, I love to draw faeries and goblins in my free time but I’ve been incredibly lucky to have art directors and bosses that can trust me with drawing all kinds of subject matter like run down yachts and laser blasting toasters.   

How often do you go to comic book conventions? Do you enjoy conventions?

I attend and try to exhibit at as many as possible throughout the year. I’ve loved attending cons since my first stint with Wondercon in 2010 when it was still in San Francisco. It’s wonderful to know that these conventions can introduce you to a great deal of new artists and work you’ve never seen.

Are you an introvert or extrovert?

Very much an extrovert.

Where do you find your inspiration?

A lot of my inspiration comes from what I remember reading as a kid (fairytales and mythos) but I do find a lot of my inspiration from other artists or spending time exploring outdoors. I really enjoy hiking and I find a lot of wonderful things for my mental reference bank while doing so.

What do you do if you have writer’s block?

I’m not the greatest about writer’s and artistic block. To try and help myself out of a funk I usually take a break for even a few days and do something that is less artistic and requires me to just be present like hiking, going to the park, or just hanging out with friends. Sometimes what can help is watching tutorials or finding a bunch of new artists work to skim through online. When I do that I usually get really excited to create again.

Have you had any interesting or awkward experiences since you’ve been an artist/writer?

Probably the most embarrassing moments have just been witnessing other people’s poor etiquette when approaching other artists, it has definitely made me more conscious of how I approach people working at conventions or shows. I’ve seen people shove portfolios in artists’ faces to ask for a review and have also had people ask if they can give me a Starbucks gift card instead of payment for my work.

Beverage of choice?

Martinelli’s sparkling cider…or Champagne. I love bubbly drinks haha

When was the last time that you dressed up for Halloween?

I dress up every year! This past year I dressed up as a Tinker fairy for Mickey’s Halloween party in Disneyland. I like to sew; Halloween is a wonderful creative outlet for me that provides a great break from drawing.

What do you want people to know about you?

I am working on my graphic novel, hopefully I can get the first part of that out in the next few months. I am also a Ravenclaw 😉

 

 

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Taki Soma: A to Z Challenge

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Taki Soma takes lots of photos of her food and her cat. Therefore, I love her. It makes her relatable. I feel like I could send her pictures of my food and bond. For now, I’ll just enjoy her art work from afar.

What was the first thing that you were proud of drawing/writing?

I was maybe 6 yrs. old or so, my bio-dad took me out to see E.T. – afterward, I drew the alien over and over again from every angle I can remember so I could hold his image close to me. I wish I still had the drawings to see how wrong I was, but also to relive that pride I felt then.

 

What are you working on now?

A story close to my heart which started off as a webcomic many years ago – with a move, a life-changing tragedy and few other things in the mix – I didn’t get to finish up, or even get to the middle of it. I want to retell as a comic both for myself and those who were reading it called ‘You’ll never die…’
A noir revenge story with a sci-fi twist.

Who has influenced you the most as an artist?

Picasso.
Is that silly?
I don’t think so. He was amazing and what I do know about him, I’ve admired and incorporated into my creativity.
But of course, every artist I encounter, I think there is something I can learn from and be influenced by.

Who is your favorite female superhero/villain/comic book character

Remember Spoiler? Yeah, she was cool. From what I remember, she was a teen mom, she’s clumsy and unsure of herself but she was amazing when she spread her wings.
I also just loved her costume with her full face mask and cloak.

Do you think people expect a certain type of art from you since you are female?

Maybe? We are all guilty of allowing our eyes to interpret the world around us so I can’t help but feel as if there is a certain expectation of something… but what that is, I’m not exactly sure.
I have had many instances where after learning that I’m Japanese, some either say ‘so, where’s your manga stuff?’ or ‘oh, I see the manga influence in your work now.’
Again, I don’t think people are attempting to pigeonhole me – more that there just aren’t a lot of Japanese people doing western style comics (oh look, I’m doing it too) to make it a non-issue.

Are you an introvert or extrovert?

Depends on the situation and who you ask! I personally believe that I’m an introvert especially after going through a couple of life-changing traumas, but I think most of my friends see me as an extrovert.

Where do you find your inspiration?

I get asked that often, and my answer is always ‘life, thinking and breathing.’

What do you do if you have writer’s block?

Just keep writing, even if you feel it as unimportant or simply dumb – ideas can sprout from so many sources. I also love to talk about storytelling with others. It helps me focus on it and see it form a solid life when you speak it out loud.

Have you had any interesting or awkward experiences since you’ve been an artist/writer?

hrm… I’m generally awkward anyway so I can’t blame the art or writing on that, I don’t think… but interestingly, I found my writing ‘voice’ when I was working at Walgreens many many moons ago – whenever I had to leave a note for the next shift so they knew what needed to be stocked or whatnot, I would write it humorously. And I’ve been told by many that my notes made them laugh every time and they’ve started to look forward to them.

Beverage of choice?

Sparkling water!

When was the last time that you dressed up for Halloween?

2015, I borrowed my friend’s Chewbacca mask and jacket – both 7x too big for me which (imho) made the costume that much better. But it was so dang hot and I had just a tank top on underneath that I wasn’t comfortable walking around in that forced me to leave the party early. Sorry Chelsea!

What do you want people to know about you?

I workout regularly. I’m proud of that fact and I think it’s really very important to make it a habit especially as we all age. It’s good for the soul, your heart, your mind, your creativity – if you can find a regimen that you can stick with, DO IT!

Taki Soma on Twitter @takisoma

 

Jules Rivera: A to Z Challenge

It’s too late to be someone else when I grow up but I still dream about becoming Jules Rivera or at least more like her. She’s an extremely talented artist. Plus, her tattoos are the coolest. Everything about her is the coolest. I think she fits the bill of being one of the coolest chicks ever.

 

What are you working on now?

Let’s see…I just wrapped an art test for a major toy IP and next up I’ve got colors for a children’s book, colors for a graphic novel, logo design, RPG spot illustrations, and that’s just the pay stuff. Then I have to set up my Patreon and get back to my personal work.

Who has influenced you as an artist?

The underserved audiences. When I first started making comics and art, I mainly did it for myself. However, there came a time when I started to look around me and see the major companies ignoring entire swaths of people. Women, girls, boys, ethnic people, whatever. My people. My work became about giving my people a voice, and when your work becomes about something bigger than you, it changes everything.

Who is your favorite female superhero/villain/comic book character

Female hero: Storm. Female villain: The Misfits. Female character: Sailor Mars.

Do you think people expect a certain type of art from you since you are female?

I have been brought onto projects because I’m a woman, but nobody has ever given me the note: “Draw this to look more girly.” I think people expect a certain type of art from me because of the brand I’ve built which isn’t quite the same as “because I are a female.” I may draw colorful, expressive characters, but I can draw out a hell of an action sequence too.

How often do you go to comic book conventions? Do you enjoy conventions?

Living in Southern California, I have two of the biggest conventions in the country within a stone’s throw of me. It’s also great to travel to shows like New York Comic Con and Awesome Con. Every convention offers me the chance to see the creators I talk to online so each one is like a little family reunion. They’re great!

Are you an introvert or extrovert?

Extrovert. Rare for an artist. Even more rare: I’m good at math.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Um…everywhere. There are life and inspiration in the people, places and living things all around us. The beautiful mountains around me, a weird plant on the street, a curious character I’ve seen on my travels. All of it can be inspiration for new material. If I’m out and I have eyeballs, I’m collecting inspiration.

What do you do if you have writer’s block?

Take a walk. It helps to clear my head and, again, find more inspiration.

Have you had any interesting or awkward experiences since you’ve been an artist/writer?

I’m always blown away when people tell me they’ve been inspired by me or my work. It feels like such a huge responsibility. Like “OH MY GOSH, YOU LIKED THE THING I DREW THAT MUCH?! IT MADE YOU WANT TO DO A THING?” It’s so huge. Words can’t quite capture the feeling.

Beverage of choice?

Tea.

When was the last time that you dressed up for Halloween?

Just last year, I was Carmen San Diego. My Instagram can confirm this.

What do you want people to know about you?

I’m very, very loud, but I’m otherwise each to talk to. Try not to say anything mean or I’ll have to eat your face.

What was the first thing that you were proud of drawing/writing?

I’ve been proud of many things only to cringe at seeing them six months later. I’d say one thing I’ve done that has any real staying power with me is Misfortune High. I’m really happy with how it came out.

 

Jules Rivera website

Drew Blank: Artist

Drew Blank: Artist

Drew Blank does some pretty cool artwork. If you go to your local comic book convention, you might be lucky enough to find his booth. He is also on Facebook. So if you can’t make it to the convention, you can still look at and buy a print or two.
His work isn’t all related to comic books. There are prints of the Muppets, popular movies and television shows. I thought his artwork was really refreshing, smart and funny.
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Find Drew on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TheDrewABlank

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**All artwork by Drew Blank**