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Gabrielle Bueno: A to Z Challenge

Gabrielle Bueno was a last minute addition to the female comic book artist lineup. Thank goodness that she agreed to do the interview!
She loves Harley Quinn and sweet tea. Check out some of her Harley Quinn art work and original comic book, Die Erste Liebe. She is completely and totally awesome!
What are you working on now?
I’ve just wrapped up a short six page comic called “Le Petit Monstre,” for my portfolio and now I’m living free and getting back onto my neglected webcomic entitled “Die Erste Liebe.” I’m awful fond of titles in other languages.
Who has influenced you the most as an artist?
A big influence on my art have been my peers mostly. Valerie Bastille is a good friend of mine whose dreamy artwork is a big inspiration. She influenced a lot of my painting while my favorite comic artist Sean Murphy influenced a lot of my inking. Those two come to mind more than others, although I’ve been influenced by so many things in my short life.
Who is your favorite female superhero/villain/comic book character
Harley Quinn hands down. A little nervous about her big screen debut in Suicide Squad but man would I love to draw her series. She’s such a fun character that really spoke to me even as a child watching the Batman Animated Series.
Do you think people expect a certain type of art from you since you are female?
I would hope not and if so that’s pretty silly. I draw what I like, whether it be something ultra kawaii and adorable or something visceral, sexual and horrifying. If anyone put me in a box based on gender they’d be missing out on some weird stuff.
How often do you go to comic book conventions? Do you enjoy conventions?
I love tabling at cons, not so much being on the other side with all the people haha. I recently returned from Emerald City Comic Con and had a blast! It’s really fun to meet other artists you know from online or even artists that you admire with all your heart. To actually have that short moment of face to face contact can make an impact on a gal. I know I was a little starstruck with some people.
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
I’m an extroverted introvert thanks to years of retail 😀 I don’t mind talking to people and I can, but boy do I love me some alone time yessiree.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere I can. Primarily through the comics/art section of bookstores, but even in my day to day life I try to take something that I can put in my work, whether it be a piece of fashion I spotted online or a classic car that almost tried to run me over crossing the street. Everything can be inspiration.
What do you do if you have writer’s block?
 
Typically draw until the writers block goes away haha. Honestly, my bouts of writing inspiration come and go. I try to jot things down when I can but I try to balance writing and art. Usually I won’t suffer a block from either side unless I’m killin’ myself over a page and then I’ll get frustrated. At that point reading a comic or playing a game chills me out.
Have you had any interesting or awkward experiences since you’ve been an artist/writer?
Not really! Everyone’s been very nice to me and so far respects what I’m doing and my work. Boys can get a little weird with me (unless I’m just not good at recognizing flirting) but otherwise it’s been pretty laid back.
Beverage of choice?
Green tea latte or original down south sweet tea. MMMMM. ❤
When was the last time that you dressed up for Halloween?
Just this past year and I was Harley Quinn~!
What do you want people to know about you?
That the reality is I’m a space witch from a galaxy far far away here to demand all your comics are belong to us or some other internet meme popular from with the kids these days. Seriously.
What was the first thing that you were proud of drawing/writing?
I was extremely happy/proud of finishing the first act of my webcomic Die Erste Liebe. I had been writing that story since I was a child so to see at least a piece of it finished and shared online for all to read was a surreal moment in my life. Yes it’s not published work, but that story is my baby, and it’s finally being made. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing all your hard work finished.

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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Vanesa Del Ray: A to Z Challenge

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Vanesa Del Ray is the featured artist for today. Seriously. If I were the fainting type, I would have fainted when she replied. Instead, there were feelings of immense joy. You can all have feelings of joy when you check out her art work. Some of it is a little risque but I like that sort of thing. Can you blame me for wanting to buy everything that she has drawn? However, I would need a bigger house with more walls. Or an art gallery. I need an art gallery.

Enjoy the following interview with Ms. Del Ray.

1.    What was the first thing that you were proud of drawing?
I think I remember drawing Belle, from The Beauty and the Beast, and being really happy with it because I had gotten her dress right.
2.    What are you working on now?

I’ll have a project coming up with Image Comics and a couple more things with Marvel, but I can’t talk about them yet! My apologies!
3.    Who has influenced you the most as an artist?

My grandmother has been a great influence from day one. She was my first art teacher.
4.    Who is your favorite female superhero/villain/comic book character?
Cat Woman was the first I ever knew about. She’s still my favorite to this day. But it wasn’t through comics that I found out about her, it was through the Tim Burton movie Batman Returns from 1992. I lived in Cuba at the time and we didn’t have access to comics form the US or any where for that matter!
5.    Do you think people expect a certain type of art from you since you are female?

Some people still get surprised, yes. I don’t think they expect anything from me, I just do the work. But I’ve had people say to me that i have a masculine style or that I look nothing like what I draw.
6.    How often do you go to comic book conventions? Do you enjoy conventions?

I’ve been going to conventions for about 3 years now. I go to 3 or 4 conventions a year right now. I enjoy conventions a lot in part because I get to hang out with other folks from the industry and I get to meet new fans, and old ones too!
  7.    Are you an introvert or extrovert? 

Definitely an introvert.
8.    Where do you find your inspiration?
I like to read, and watch movies a lot. I enjoy stories being told, it doesn’t matter what kind. It could be a horror story or true crime or even a biography or history. It’s all stories.
9.    What do you do if you have writer’s block?
I take a break and go for a walk or go for a swim. I could watch a movie or read a book. I have to get away from what I’m doing and come back with a fresh mind.
10.    Have you had any interesting or awkward experiences since you’ve been an 
artist/writer?
Well, every time I interact with another human is either interesting or awkward or both at the same time.
11.    Beverage of choice? 

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

Last year. I was a vampire-nun. Not very original!
13.    What do you want people to know about you?

My work.

Vanesa Del Ray

Alina Urusov: A to Z Challenge

 

Alina Urusov has done art and colors for comic books such as X-Force and Young Avengers Presents and X-Force #11. She has also done the cover art for  NYX: No Way Home and other Marvel Comics’ publications.

I’m still in shock that she agreed to do this interview. Enjoy!

What was the first thing that you were proud of drawing?
Some early things include Jesus, naked women, horses and princesses, and this one awful painting in art class at age 5 that must have looked like a tortured soul’s divulgence into insanity..
What are you working on now?
I will soon start work on a personal contribution to a comics anthology, but I have been taken a hiatus to travel and raise my toddler lately..


Who has influenced you the most as an artist?
Everything has, but probably the art books my mom had when I was a child, because I became so familiar with art that I could easily see myself carving masterpieces too, haha


Who is your favorite female superhero/villain/comic book character?
honestly I dont follow comics and I never attach myself to characters, I just enjoy pieces of fiction as a whole, for the atmosphere they create and to escape my own headspace.
Do you think people expect a certain type of art from you since you are female?
I hope by now I have sufficiently proven myself, so that’s probably not the case and I enjoy the darker things just as much as the cute things, actually when the two are combined it creates an indispensible balance..


How often do you go to comic book conventions? Do you enjoy conventions?
I dont go anymore.. I used to when I was producing more.. they are work for me.. another way of selling my product, and doing sketches for 3 days straight can get tough. I enjoy the cosplays immensly though..


Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Introvert mostly, but its important for me to have one on one connections with others. I dont do well in groups as much.. unless we are all busy being useful.
Where do you find your inspiration?
In visual things of an articulate design.. I have a lot of wondefully designed nicknacks.
What do you do if you have writer’s block?
well I havent tried being a writer but inspiration and meditation or just Doing Something Else should solve that problem.


Have you had any interesting or awkward experiences since you’ve been an artist/writer?
Yes and yes, I actually have a great memory for awkward moments in my life, but listing them here would just cause a daylong journey into a bad frame of mind.. in a nutshell I will simply say, deadlines and perfectionism don’t mix, for those who are looking to be a writer or artist, mkay..
Beverage of choice?
green smoothy.. I am into health and taking care of the temple that is my bod these day ya dig.
When was the last time that you dressed up for Halloween?

Haha what is this Halloween, I have deadlines and a baby to dress down to.. but seriously, I just wore raver gear and hooped at a rave last time – something everyone should do.. every day..
What do you want people to know about you?

I am no longer an artist.I am a citizen of mother earth and I am committed to dedicating my life to taking good care of her and myself by doing creative things when i please and staying healthy and happy dammit! People, make sure you are doing what feels right and feels right the morning after as well.. it is high time end the suffering we create for ourselves so we can have no regrets later.. the end.

 

Alina Urusov

 

ALL ARTWORK © 2010 ALINA URUSOV
ALL CHARACTERS © TO THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS.


Trie Blasingame: A to Z Challenge

 

Trie Blasingame made this adorable mermaid/unicorn that I love. Apparently, we also have the same glasses. And the same sweater. And the same sense of humor. We’re almost the same person except that one of us is a talented artist and the other is not.

Keep reading to find out more about Trie, who is the talented artist.

 

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

 

The first thing I was really just pleased with as a semi-finished piece was this unicorn-mermaid chimera creature I drew in 2015 because drawing is really a new-ish thing for me because I work primarily sculpturally, but I found in the last couple of years that I really wanted my work to be more illustrative.

 

The unicorn-mermaid was also the point at which the aesthetic for my illustration work solidified.

 

What are you working on now?

 

I always have a bunch of different projects going on—some large, some small—and right now isn’t any different.  I have three Thing-A-Day projects going on—Selfie-A-Day, Photo-A-Day, and Sketch-A-Day—as well as an opera series that I’m kinda working my way slowly through.  I’m also playing with encaustic and cold wax, which are both totally fun.  But, really, it’s a lot of little things currently rather than a huge series, sprawling series.

 

Who has influenced you the most as an artist?

 

This is always such a difficult question to answer, ya know?  But, I honestly have to say that the person that influenced me most as an artist was Ed McCullough, my 3-D art professor in art school, and not because he was my professor or because he was a sculptor (he’s an excellent large-scale metal sculptor, by-the-by)—I mean, those were probably in there somewhere—but because Ed was the first art instructor that I had ever had that was openly interdisciplinary in how they approached their work and how they expected us to approach our work.

 

Ed shared what he was reading with us (Dante’s Inferno at the time) and shared movies that influenced him (anything Fellini) and people he had found inspiring (he adored Mother Teresa) and wanted to know about what we liked and were inspired by in-turn.

 

Somehow, all of these disparate parts came together in his work.

 

He shared his process with us—like, his actual process not just here’s the technical “how to do the thing” walk-through that most of my art instructors were presenting—and had us complete a project in that way so that we could feel how another artist might work, which is the kind of headspace emersion that we all want as artists, that HOW ARE THEY DOING THIS kind of delving, and he shared it with us intentionally and with no hesitation.

 

He was also just the most amazing, hands-off instructor who would suddenly APPEAR at the exact moment when you needed a hand or another set of eyes while still encouraging us all to get feedback from the people we worked around—something we all started to call “crit-on-the-fly”—because the person sitting across from us had been looking at our work for as long as we had been, so they were likely going to have some thoughts and opinions.  It was just the best way to learn and work as a young artist.

 

Ed gave me process-art as a legitimate exploration of my own art practice; gave me the realization that art really isn’t ever done, it’s just abandoned; and gave me the example of someone else with a million-and-one interests who still managed to make them all relevant to their work.  And, he shared it all freely.

 

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

 

Do I have to pick just one?  Because I have a lot a lot.

 

Okay, top *cough*fourteen*cough* in no particular order:  Laura, The Wicked + The Divine; Doreen Green/Squirrel Girl, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl; Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel; America Chavez, The Young Avengers; Peggy Carter; Spider-Gwen; Deathface Ginny, Pretty Deadly; Haruhara Haruko, FLCL; Mad Hatter, Angel Sanctuary; Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel; Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow; Kate Bishop/Hawkeye; Harley Quinn; and Penny Rolle, Bitch Planet.

 

(I could really keep going here, and I’m totally behind on my comic reading.)

 

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

 

Ya know, I’m not sure—especially since I’m genderqueer—and also because my work always has a tendency to walk the creepy-cute-abject line, but people do seem surprised with the depth and breathe of subject matter that comes into my work and how I negotiate it.

 

Like, my primary impetus, as an artist, is fairytales but not just in a Brothers Grimm, Happily-Ever-After sense—though, to be honest, I prefer the earlier iterations of fairytales where everything has a bit of the blood and death more prominently displayed in them—because visual/popular culture(s) are our contemporary fairytales, so there’s a lot a lot of superheroes and villains, monsters and mythology that filter into my work—big concepts like the failure and uselessness of princes in fairytales—and they’re dealt with in a myriad of ways from wearable, hand-spun sculptures that definitely get the label of “Women’s Work” to anime/manga inspired illustrations that are more directly Participatory Culture works.

 

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

 

I like the idea of cons—that there are all these people together that are excited about the same sorts of things and are in a space where they won’t be shamed for being excited—but I’m not sure that I enjoy attending cons?  Lots of people make me claustrophobic because I’m literally 4’11”, so everyone towers over me.  But, that may also be because I haven’t been able to attend cons as often as I’d like in a recreational way.  I’ve enjoyed the ones that I have attended, and I’m beginning to attend them in a professional way, so that’s amazing.

 

Are you an introvert or extrovert?

 

I’m actually an ambivert, so the answer is yes.

 

Where do you find your inspiration?

 

A lot of different places.  Because I have backgrounds in Classics (meaning Greek, Roman, Sumerian, Egyptian, et al. cultures and mythology and language), History, and Literature, I have a vast knowledge-base to work from, but I’m also a voracious consumer of visual/popular culture(s), so I have all of those places to be inspired from also.

 

And, really, as an artist, there’s nothing like the work of other artists to really get you excited and inspired and cause you to think in new directions.  One of the joys of the Social Media Age:  artists’ work is more accessible than it has ever been before.

 

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

 

I actually keep running lists of ideas and projects that I can work on when I get stuck on something else, so basically, I treat writer’s/artist’s block like an incubation stage and let the ideas I’m stuck on percolate until they work themselves out, and then, I come back to them.

 

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

 

There’s kind of this perpetual awkward thing that happens when I demo my work where I live:  I get older people saying that my work is “interesting” but in this disparaging way that means that they’re confused by what I create.  A lot of this is because I live in an area where the local art scene hasn’t quite evolved beyond Realism yet.  It’s changing, but there’s still a lot of ein plein aire going on here, and neither my aesthetic nor my subject matter matches with their expectations.

 

So—awkward.  Perpetually awkward.

 

Beverage of choice?

 

Chai.  I love chai.  It’s like liquid gingerbread.  But, I also love coffee.  Omg, coffee.  I also don’t turn my nose up to a nice pop:  Coke, Sundrop, or Cherry Ski.  *JOY*

 

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

 

I try to dress up every year for when I pass out candy/toys to trick-or-treaters, so last Halloween was the last time that I dressed up for Halloween.  (It totally wasn’t elaborate or anything.)

 

What do you want people to know about you?

 

I’m not sure that there’s much to know about me?  I have an affection for cephalopods of all sorts.  Cecaelia, which are cephalopod-based mermaids, are just about my favorite mythological creature.  I think Pop Surrealism is brilliant—especially Camilla d’Errico and Chiara Bautista.  I have an extensive collection of Funkos, Monster High creatures, and comic book action figures as well as plush toys.

 

I may or may not sleep with plush crocodile.

 

Creatively, I’m having a love affair with Copic Markers.  They’re just brilliant.  I have a very complicated relationship with a button-maker because who doesn’t want to be able to make anything they want into a button, yeah?  And, I’m reconciling with my spinning wheel after a lengthy separation because art yarn is just the most fun thing to make.

This is a short bio from the artist, followed by the links to all of the places to see her art. 

‘trie (sounds like “tree”) blasingame is a conceptual mixed-media artist working in the wilds of North-central Wisconsin with a BA in Classics and History and a MA in Literature from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, PhD work in Art Education from Northern Illinois University at DeKalb, and post-baccalaureate work in Sculpture from Columbia College Chicago.


where to find tentacle-made studios–

 

 

 

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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

 

Megan Madrigal: A to Z Challenge

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When I saw Megan Madrigal’s Twitter handle, Zombie Teddie, I knew that I wanted to interview her. I didn’t know who or what Zombie Teddie was but the name was intriguing. Megan is also intriguing. She is a mystery – at least as far as finding a picture of her. I cannot find one. My sleuthing skills aren’t what they used to be. So we’ll let her interview and art speak for themselves.

 

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

Can’t remember, when I started drawing I drew a bunch of Sonic the hedgehog fanart and oc’s so it must’ve been something like that! Oooh man that was embarrassing.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on 2 short stories for an anthology some friends & I are putting together(Crimson Sun Arts!). Also really excited to work with the lovely Ashley Rubay(@mzrubay), putting together a web comic about a kid who has this power to speed up and slow down time, yet can’t control it for the life of him.

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

Raven from Teen Titans! I loved watching the show so much and I loved reading stories with her in comics. She’s also so much fun to draw since she has so many looks 😀

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

I’ve never really given that much thought, but I do think a certain time of art is expected from women. If you’re a woman artist I think you’re more expected to draw in cutesy styles or not draw a lot of gore, etc. (This is not always the case of course!). I fortunately avoid this online by just using my alias “ZombieTeddie”. It’s not like I hide it anyway, its just not the first thing people see lol

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

I wanna say at least 1 every 3 months? I absolutely love cons, the atmosphere is so much fun! Not to mention I get to get my hands on new merch and discover fantastic artists I hadn’t heard about before.

Who has influenced you the most as an artist?
I can’t really choose a specific artist that’s inspired me, rather there have been several throughout the years, even my own friends. For me, I get inspired by random artists online. Currently I’m getting into digital painting so I follow more digital painters, like Artgerm. When I work more on comics I enjoy looking at stuff by Heather Campbell(Makanidot), Babs Tarr, & Kris Anka!

Introvert or Extrovert?

Introvert most definitely. Although I love conventions I can only take so many at a time, I can barely stand talking to people on the phone. Sorry grandma.

Where do you find your inspiration?

From a bunch of different places, the most from my friends however. I’m able to draw socially with them and bounce off ideas, ask what works and what doesn’t. Also when I’m really digging certain music it gets my creative thoughts flowing!

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

I usually step back and work on something else, I do it for artist’s block too! I do a bunch of crafting so that tends to help, or even reading comics or watching some Netflix. Helps you see how other people write and create.

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

My whole life is an awkward experience, haha. What’s sticking out right now is, when I was selling at a convention last year. I got asked to do a commission from an artist who’s work I love!!

Beverage of choice?

Tea or iced coffee!

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

2014! Really pushing it with the trick or treating that year lol, its free candy though!!

What do you want people to know about you?

Damn that’s tough, I guess that I’m always willing to talk about art? That and I love cats. Yes. (and I’m love to do art trades!)

Zombie Teddie on Twitter

Zombie Teddie

 

Eve Greenwood: A to Z Challenge

Eve Greenwood is exquisite, ethereal and exceptional. (There are so many words for awesome that start with E and most of them can apply to Eve. Maybe not eternal but everything else.)

It was so lovely of her to answer my questions, even though she is busy with her freelance work . Her home is in Scotland; however, you can find her in various places on the internet.

What are you working on now?

At the moment my main project is my webcomic, Inhibit. It’s a story about British teenagers with superpowers who weren’t good enough to become proper, government-approved superheroes. I started it in January 2015 and update it every Wednesday!

Who has influenced you the most as an artist?

There are so many amazing online artists who inspired me when I started to draw that it’s impossible to name them all, but Heather Campbell (Makani) was definitely one of the first!

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

I love Nimona (from the comic of the same name by Noelle Stevenson) and Leona (from the webcomic Prague Race by Petra Nordlund)! I love characters with questionable moral values.

Do you think people expect a certain type of art from you since you are not male?

I don’t think so. I don’t think certain genres of art belong to any gender in particular, as is evidenced by the huge range in art styles and themes by any number of comic artists.

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

I’ve only been going to conventions for the past couple of years but I really enjoy them! I love the atmosphere and how enthusiastic everyone is about everyone else’s costumes. So far I’ve only been two four but I’d definitely like to attend more as a visitor, and if my first tabling gig this May goes well then I’d definitely want to attend more as an exhibitor!

Are you an introvert or extrovert?

Probably a little of both. I love being around people but definitely need time to recharge.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Scrolling through Twitter or Tumblr and seeing other people getting excited about their work and their stories. It’s infectious! It always gets me keen to work on my own projects.

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

I’m one of those people who forces their way through it. Even if I know I’ll never use any of it, I always try to get SOMETHING down on paper until inspiration returns.

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

I haven’t really had any awkward experiences, only lots of lovely ones. Occasionally people will contact me to tell me they’re enjoying my comic and that’s always so exciting to hear.

Beverage of choice?

Irn bru, and chances are hardly anyone who reads this will have heard of it.

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

A couple of years ago – I went as Loki.

What do you want people to know about you?

That I’m very excited about my comic all the time always.

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

When I was twelve, I finished a story that ended up being a good hundred pages long. It was awful and rambling but I was so excited about having finished it that I printed it off and gave it to my English teacher to correct. She was so kind and encouraging, she read the entire thing. I still have the folder with all her feedback! That’s definitely something that pushed me to keep writing.

Eve Greenwood’s website

Eve on Twitter

*All artwork belongs to the artist.

Enkaru: A to Z Challenge

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While searching for a person for the letter E, I stumbled across Enkaru on Tumblr. Luckily, she agreed to do the interview. Now we follow each other on Tumblr. Next week, we’ll be BFF’s. I would encourage you all to follow her and check out her art work.

 

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

I suppose it was when I saw my first comic titled “Trisquel” published. This day I felt really excited and proud to see that my dream came true.

 

What are you working on now?

Now I’m working on Sparkshooter, a webcomic written by the comic book writer Troy Brownfield. I’m also doing illustrations for games and books and creating my own comic online about epic fantasy adventures. It will be published on my site enkaru.com. It’s under construction now, but it will be ready very soon.

Who has influenced you the most as an artist?

I don’t know exactly because I have a lot of influences. In the beginning I had a strong influence from manga, especially from Rumiko Takahashi. But now I’m inspired by artists like Ludo Lullabi, Cory Loftis, Humberto Ramos and many more. I think my current style of drawing is a mix of all these influences along the time.

 

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

I like Princess Mononoke, Nausicaä and practically all the female characters created by Hayao Miyazaki, because they’re physically and emotionally strong. Maybe they need a partner or a friend who go with them, but not somebody to save them.

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

I’m not sure, but sometimes people think I’m a man because I like drawing fantasy characters like orcs, goblins, dragons or beautiful female elves. And my nickname doesn’t help either, ha, ha.

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

A few years ago I used to go a lot of comic conventions to sign my books and so. But now I’m only going to a pair of conventions at year. It depends on the free time I have. And I really enjoy them because I can meet another artists from all over the world.

Are you an introvert or extrovert?

Extrovert. I like to meet with my friends and get to know new people.

Where do you find  your inspiration?

I find my inspiration playing videogames, reading books, watching films, listening to music or just beholding an illustration. But sometimes I find it playing sports because I’m thinking about new ideas while I’m going running, for example.

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

I think the most interesting experience for me is to give several drawing courses in different cities from Spain. I like to teach what I learned to other people and talk about my experience working for a publishing house.

Beverage of choice?

Fennel tea with cinnamon, allspice and ginger. But beer is good too, ha, ha.

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

Last year. I dressed up as a dark wizard.

What do you want people to know about you?

I’m a charming person and a really beautiful woman, haha… just kidding. I like to be happy and I laugh a lot, and I think it is reflected on my work. I love drawing comics about adventures with a good dose of humour, but I also want to send a positive message through them.
I’m trying to do my best every day, but sometimes I feel blocked and I think I can’t improve anymore. Hopefully I have amazing people around me who give me the strength I need to go ahead, and I think this is really important to be succeed. So, always support the people you love even you think what they do is worthless, because it’s the only way they can reach their dreams. And surround yourself with friends or relatives who support you as well.

Enkaru on Tumblr

Enkaru on Twitter

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Dawn Griffin : A to Z Challenge

D is for Dawn Griffin, an independent kid-friendly illustrator. She is from Cleveland, Ohio, which is almost in my backyard.
When I first asked her to participate in this project, she asked me several questions about myself like “Who are you?” and “Why are you camping on my lawn?”
Just kidding. I suppose there are creepers out there. So after she decided that I wasn’t a creeper, she answered my questions. Also, she didn’t yell at me when I lost the questions. I blame Google. It’s possible that the internet can make your stuff vanish, right?!
Anyway . . . check out her response and all of her websites.
Also, if your kids “borrow” all of your inappropriate comic books and leave them under the couch without the plastic covering or cardboard, Griffin’s comics could be a good starting point for their own comic book collection. Just do it. Comic book artists need love and support too.
1. What was the first thing that you were proud of drawing?

When I was 5 or 6, I wrote/illustrated my first book. I still have it. It’s made out of construction paper, stapled, glued, and paper-clipped. The title is “My Silly Day with Sally and Sue”. Alliteration at the age of 6. Not much else was spelled correctly.

2. What are you working on now?
I am actually in between projects. I just ended my 9-year run with “Zorphbert & Fred”, an all-ages comic strip series about 2 aliens, disguised as dogs, here on earth to study (make fun of) humankind. I specialize in all-ages, or kid-friendly, comics. My artistic style is cute but quirky, and I tend to be humorous but insightful in my writing approach. My next project will be much in the same vein, but a graphic novel format geared towards preteens. It will have a supernatural element to it as well, but still retain some humor and social commentary. The details are being ironed out, but essentially it’s a coming-of-age tale about a new tomboyish girl in middle school, who discovers a mirror that allows her to better understand her peers whom she doesn’t get along with well. The message of uniting rather than dividing, and general empathy for our peers is an important one to me.
3. Who has influenced you the most as an artist?
Whew, that’s like asking a musician which single band influenced them the most. The most diverse creative people open themselves up to a wide landscape of other artists. But for this purpose, I’ll name a few. My first memory is of Peanuts curtains in my nursery. Comic strips became a huge influence, stating with Schulz’s “Peanuts”, and trickling down to Watterson’s “Calvin & Hobbes”, Amend’s “Fox Trot”, and Johnston’s “For Better or for Worse”. As I got older, I branched out to underground comic like Pekar’s “American Splendor”, and the art of Robert Crumb had a role in my own style. But it also extends to animation of all sorts, some fine artists, and today I gather more and more fellow cartoonists thanks to the internet, that are groundbreaking and inspirational in their own ways.
4. Who is your favorite female superhero/villain/comic book character?
I’m really into Ms. Marvel right now. The re-imagining of her as a young Muslim girl, trying to fit in as a teenager while remaining dedicated to her family and culture, AND dealing with these crazy superpowers…. it’s a recipe for a complex and topical story. Highly recommended reading.
On the more indie side of the pond, I also love the Rat Queens. Talk about powerful women, kicking butt, taking names, all wrapped up with witty writing and suburb art to boot.
5. Do you think people expect a certain type of art from you since you are female?
I do think cute art is expected. Thing is, my work is pretty “cute”, but has enough quirky sophistication to it, that it surprises adults who at first glance wrote off my books as “kids stuff”. I figure– if adults can fully enjoy a Pixar movie that is also kid-friendly, why not comics? I write with adults in mind, I just happen to make the content appropriate for kids too.. which, coincidentally, is what kids like about my comics. They don’t pander. Calvin & Hobbes is one of the last great comic strips for just that reason.
But just in general, women are a severe minority in this field. At conventions, I’ve had people wander up to my table and ask “When will HE be back?”, assuming I’m just watching the table for the male artist. Awkward! So really, just the fact that I’m a woman who creates ANY kind of comics is still somewhat shocking. The good news is I’ve seen more and more women join me in tabling at comic cons now, so that ratio is going up.
6. How often do you go to comic book conventions? Do you enjoy conventions?
I hit maybe 15 shows a year, in all varied sizes. Almost every major city or media market has one nowadays. And living in Philly, I’m quite lucky, as between here, DC, Baltimore, NYC, and Boston… I can drive to all these different shows. My biggest “problem” is conflicts! But yes, I do love working these shows. I like meeting online readers, introducing kids to comics, interacting with fellow geeks, and networking with other cartoonists/artists. It’s a place where I feel more at ease, being “among my people!”
Plus, there is no high better than finding out you have inspired others, your work has spoken to them in some fashion. It’s what I live for!
7. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Slightly more introverted. I think comic cons have brought me out of my shell, and I can “turn it on” to sell books at a show, but otherwise I need my space and quiet time (drawing!) to find my zen-happy place. Throw me in a party of people I don’t know, and I’ll just go hang with the dog. For those like me who are into the Myers-Briggs personality test, I’m definitely an INTJ. That makes me about the most left-brained artist you’ll meet.
8. Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere. Comics, obviously. Children’s books. Animated movies. Regular movies. TV shows. My overflowing coffee cup.
9. What do you do if you have writer’s block?
Good question! I step away. Which can be hard, as I’m extremely focused and hate pushing off deadlines, even if self-imposed. Take a walk, chat with a friend, read, watch TV. But much like finding love, it comes when you least expect it. And usually when you can’t find a pen OR something to write on.
10. Have you had any interesting or awkward experiences since you’ve been an artist/writer?
Hmm. In being kid-friendly, I am terrified of accidentally drawing something phallic or suggestive, or having a punchline that could mean something else entirely. Last thing I want is angry parents with pitchforks at my door. So, when I ran a kickstarter to have plush versions of my characters made…. and added a level where the plush had a working zipper with a tentacle inside…. and made a animated GIF showing the zipper coming down and a tentacle popping out…..
uh, yeah. Hindsight. Although NO ONE said anything. People are too nice.
11. Beverage of choice?
Daytime: COFFEE.
Nightime: whiskey cocktail, Old Fashioneds are my current obsession. Is that hipster irony?
12. When was the last time that you dressed up for Halloween?
Gawd, years ago. My husband and I went as the couple from Office Space, as he looks a bit like Ron Livingston. I look NOTHING like Jennifer Aniston. But I had my flair.
13. What do you want people to know about you?
See questions 1-12?
Or maybe this is where I shamelessly promote? Was that the cue? I’m oblivious. Smack me next time.

You can find my portfolio at http://dawngriffinstudios.com, read my comics at http://zfcomics.com, buy my kids book series athttp://abbysfanclub.com, and get some useful free tips, articles & a podcast at http://webcomicalliance.com. You can also bribe me with ice cream. Just an FYI. Use the power for good, at least.

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