Montreal ComicCon take-home commission. I had to delay this due to storyboards. When I do cons, I have some regulars who come see me year after year and request art to continue on a theme. Year after year, these two lovely people pose for me in their costumes and have me draw them. Since this was a take-home, I decided to have a bit more fun with it and drew an action scene for them!
Also, I freaking love markers.
Just putting this out there.
I love what I do. I love storyboards and comics. I love telling stories with pictures. I love the process of visualising the action, finding the key poses, the powerful moments, and taking that mental snapshot to paper or screen.
I envy people who both write and draw, especially when I get told “You should do your OWN comics!” I feel that way whether that comment is said in either a negative fashion (“well if you don’t like it make your own and leave my precious sexualised art alone”) or positive (“omg i would read any comic with your art like right now”).
I’m not good at coming up with my own stories. I get bogged down. I get stuck. I lose track, I lose steam, I lose interest.
However, I love collaborative work. I love telling other people’s stories. I wish I had time to draw the stories I want, but I need to draw the stories I get paid to, first.
At this point, I’m grateful that I get offered storyboard contracts that make me employed fairly full time, and that I haven’t had to actively look for a gig in a while. I’m also grateful some of the shows I’ve been working on have been so much fun it’s a joy to get to work. I might winge about deadlines now and then, and I may have days where my focus is everywhere but on work (today’s lesstitsnass and The Mary Sue experience has been really exciting/distracting), but the fact remains that I am a visual storyteller and it’s what I NEED to be doing.
That and teaching, if that wasn’t obvious by my breakdons and corrections in lesstitsnass.
Anyway, this got a lot longer than I originally planned. I’d just wanted to say that since I’m not good at coming up with stories, and if money wasn’t an object, I’d love to be able to go to writers I like and say to them, “I will draw whatever you write for me to draw.” And if it was a paying gig, bonus!
I would definitely draw more Gargoyles comics for Greg Weisman. Duh. I would draw anything Gail Simone would tell me to. Kelly Sue DeConnick would have my pencil, pen and stylus at her service. I’d get more Sunset Val done with Rob St.Martin. I’d draw a story for Faith Hicks, since she mentioned once being curious about being on the writing side of a duo. These are the ones off the top of my head. There are plenty more.
Just… you know. Putting this out there.