Remember why you liked comics in the first place?
Our Comics Empower Project continues!
This time, Alex tells his story:
I was in love with beautiful lines.
I still love lines in my own work.
At about 9 years old. It was Jeff Smith’s “Bone” that hooked me on comics, and from there I explored Spider-Man and Tomb Raider (because I was addicted to the video game series).
After leaving comics behind until well into art college, I finally remembered my original goal as an artist: to be able to draw the kick-ass stuff that I thought was so jaw-dropping as a kid. TMNT, Spawn, Punisher, Ghost in the Shell, Samurai Jack, Batman the animated series, etc. I wanted to CREATE that; to be behind the two-way mirror hearing people ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ as they felt the same electrifying tingle in their brain. To be the inspiration for future artists, or to spark the imagination of anyone who wanted to be a part of the magic of line-making and storytelling.
Lines within an illustration are just a short-hand for reality. Applied correctly, they can be a universal visual language that resonates in some way with every pair of eyes that sees them. I want to communicate my excitement and emotion through my work, and to make awesome art.
That’s what keeps me coming back every Wednesday to my local comics shop, and to my sketchbook EVERY day.
Doggedly pursuing the dream, Alex.
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