With Comic Issues attending San Diego Comic Con for the first time this year, you could say our schedule was just a bit crazy. With plenty of things to cover, it was difficult to find time for everything.
We had one goal in mind: locate a featured artist. What was so amazing about the goal was just how easily it was accomplished. All it took was a chance meeting with one of our resident host’s Anthony Silva’s friend, Caleb Cleveland.
After just a short meeting with the guy, Anthony and I knew we had found our artist. Caleb Cleveland has a long history with the art community. Most recently, he was the artist of the Farscape comic book series. He also did the amazing Star Wars artwork for the Comic Issues banner.
We got a chance to sit down with Caleb and talk with him about his artwork and discuss what really makes him draw.
Like the great explorers of the past, I too went on an adventure. I journeyed through the deep jungles of Deviant Art, to discover what would turn out to be the latest addition to the already long list of webcomics that I read. I’m speaking of Plume. I had the opportunity to sit down with the creator Kari Smith to discuss the series and where she finds her inspiration as an artist.
The Comic Issues Podcast has been making its rounds at various conventions all over SoCal. Our goal was to locate new and upcoming artists that was when we met Jeff Martinez. During our time at Anime Conji, I came across a brilliant Green Lantern Corps poster; wanting to show my GL creds, I reached for my button. Unbeknownst to me Larafleeze the Orange Lantern had already come through and straight out jacked it. Luckily for me, the artist I soon would be interviewing had some connections with OA. He made a quick call, and a Green Ring appeared.
That may have been our first meeting, but it certainly wasn’t our last. Between Wizard Wold Anaheim and the Green Latnern movie premiere we seem to run into Jeff all the time. I had the opportunity to interview Jeff, learning about his art process.
Artist of the Week is back with this weeks featured artist Kirshna Sadasivam. Krishna was recently a guest on the PixelatedPodcast and has been doing his webcomic PC Weenies back before the term webcomic even existed. Our own mascot from PixelatedGeek Pleek was a guest star in PC Weenies click here for the Comic. Be sure to check out Kirshna’s Portfolio Site and Deviant Art.
I work as a professor at the Art Institute of Tampa – I also work as a freelance illustrator and cartoonist. I recently self-published my first book, “PC Weenies: Rebootus Maximus”, featuring characters from my long running webcomic, “The PC Weenies”. When I’m not teaching, I spend the balance of my time between freelance work and my family.
Artist of the Week is back with this week’s featured artist: Ethan Nicolle. I first started to hear about Ethan’s work while doing my frequent search on Deviant Art. There was some talk about this WebComic called Axe Cop. I wasn’t familiar with it but was interested in checking it out, almost at that same moment Nelson started to ping me about it to :) Be sure to check out Ethan’s Website www.EthanNicolle.com along with Axe Cop. Below is a small interview with Ethan.
I’m just a guy who has drawn comics most of his life. I have always been into black and white indy comics more than mainstream, though I swear I am not hell bent on being punk rock, I just like my black and white comics. I sort of worked my way up after doing a bunch of forgettable stuff and got a book called Chumble Spuzz with SLG Publishing which was nominated for an Eisner for Best Humor Publication in 2009. I have a pilot optioned at Cartoon Network and most recently I am known as the guy who draws the web comic Axe Cop, which is written by my 5 year old brother.
Artist of the Week continues with this week’s featured artist Yaya Han. A recent guest on the Pixelated Podcast, Yaya has been a cosplayer/model for about 10 years. If you’ve ever attended a Convention you’ve probably seen Yaya. Be sure to check out her new website www.yayahan.com for more Cosplaying fun.
Hello, my name is Yaya Han and I am a cosplay idol and costume designer currently residing in Atlanta, GA. I have been making costumes and modeling for over 10 years now and am one of the only cosplayers in the world to turn this hobbyist activity into a career. I guess you can say that I’m a household name in the world of geekdom. I travel world-wide to teach workshops and panels on costume making, and to judge contests and host events, not to mention constantly working on new costume projects. I have a lot of fun playing dress up every week but also work hard and never have a day off lol.
Artist of the Week is back, with this week’s featured artist Xavier RamonÃ¨de. While doing another Deviant Art search I happen to find a couple of Xavier’s art pieces. From that point on I’ve been hooked. My personal favorite piece is Red Scarf. Be sure to hit up his website to see more artwork. Below is a small interview with Xavier.
It’s that time again, yes it’s Artist of the Week!! This week the featured artist is Jeffery Thomas. During another late night session on Deviant Art I happen to find some of Jeffery’s Artwork. I was pretty impressed, loved the overall style that he works with. Here’s a little Q&A I had with Jeffery. Be sure to check out his Gallery.
I’m from Virginia and I moved out to California after getting an internship at Disney Interactive Studios. After my internship was up, I became a contract concept artist and did concepts and character designs for Epic Mickey. After my contract was up, I started working at DIS as a video game tester as I waited for a full-time artist position to open. But then I actually got promoted to the Brand/Legal Certification team because of my extensive knowledge of Disney and its properties which where I currently work.
Artist of the Week is attempting to branch out a bit further and also include Writers and Film Makers. We’ve all heard him as a featured guest on the Pixelated Podcast, this time Joe Peacock is the Featured Writer. Joe has written two books called Mentally Incontinent. Here’s a short interview with Joe. Be sure to check out his Website.
Tell us a bit about yourself: Hmm… Not sure what to put here. I’m Joe Peacock from Atlanta, GA. I have lots of cats, love comic books and football, and once ate an entire bag of jet-puffed marshmallows. I can run faster than a cheetah. I once ate a lightbulb. I can backflip over two cars. I know tomorrow’s lottery numbers.
This weeks artist is RocketShoes. I happen to find my way to RocketShoes gallery after a fun search for some Team Fortress 2 artwork. From that point on have been enjoying all the pieces posted. Here’s a short interview with RocketShoes. Be sure to check out the Deviant Art Gallery.
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I work as a professor of Sequential Art at the Savannah College of Art and Design and am in the process of returning to self publishing comics. My latest project, “Cy and Rocket” is currently in progress and in the meantime I’m drawing a TF2 comic this winter break for fun. When I’m not drawing comics or teaching, I’m usually playing video games…copious amounts of video games.
What’s been your inspiration for art?
A lot of it can probably be attributed to being raised with video games and cartoons. I was definitely a Disney kid. I also spend quite a bit of time reading—news, books, forums, blogs—which help build new ideas. I should probably say my gaming buddies as well because,honestly, they always make me want to draw.
What supplies do you use for your art?
I just recently bought a Cintiq 12W and so now I’m working all digital, which saves an amazing amount of time and paper. I do everything freehand in Adobe CS3 with either the brush or pencil tool.
Any advice for beginners?
Be open minded and curious about everything. When Brandon Graham recently visited the college he told the students in his workshop something like “draw comics as if you’re being chased”. I honestly think this is amazing advice for any artist. You’ve really gotta throw yourself into it and attack the page. It’s really easy to get into the habit of saying “I’ll learn/do/draw that tomorrow”. Why not today?
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