Today, Vincent Kings shares his personal story!
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Before we start, you should know that Vincent is a comic book artist, working on our flagship title, Wynter.
It’s long, but it’s worth reading! Here’s Vincent’s story:
I get to live life twice – once as it happens, and again as I reinterpret things I’ve seen and felt into artwork.
Comics are often labeled escapism, but I figure the real value of fantastical stories is the perspective you get to return to your everyday life with.
Favorites like Daytripper and I Kill Giants do that for me.
Making comics is also as good a way to deal with fears and insecurities as I’ve been able to find.
Even a supremely crappy day can be dissected for material; every screw-up I make brings more honesty and vulnerability to the characters I’m drawing. On the bright side – a moment of bliss can last forever in a good painting.
Illustrating is like acting for shy people – I get to put the artwork between me and the you. If I do it right you’ll feel it as nakedly as if I was some classically trained thespian on a stage and not a grubby kid in sweatpants working on a laptop with his old Wacom tablet. You probably don’t wanna see that side of it, and I don’t want you to. Like any good performance, ideally you forget that there’s an actor in the characters.
The danger here is that I get way too into my work and forget to go outside. I haven’t figured out yet how to quiet the maniac in my head who berates me about all the comics I haven’t drawn yet, and if you know somewhere I can escape from him please lemme know. He might be me.
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