I got a scan of the cover for my next book just before leaving for Ohayocon. I was sorry not to see Rikki Simons & Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons there – Rikki has done the foreword and it would have been so nice to share the cover with them.
Rikki and Tavi are just two of the featured artists who invite you into their studios, show you thsir desktops up close and tell you in their own words how they make their art. Here’s the full roster of contributors with websites/blog addresses for each. Check them out – they’re amazing!
Dan Byron www.facebook.com/badeggcomic
Summer Cruz http://mizumew.deviantart.com/
Emmeline Pui Ling Dobson www.emeraldsong.com
Newton Ewell www.newtonewell.com
Chie Kutsuwada http://chitan-garden.blogspot.co.uk/
Sonia Leong www.fyredrake.net
Bruce Lewis www.brucelewis.com
Tony Luke http://tonyluke.deviantart.com
RIkki Simons www.tavicat.com
Laura Watton-Davies www.PinkAppleJam.com
Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons www.tavicat.com
I’m very proud to have each of these artists in the book.Their collective experience is astonishing. They have sold comics all over the world – Tony Luke’s Dominator was published by Kodansha in Japan. They have industry experience stretching back over three decades – Bruce Lewis was part of the first wave of American manga. They have taught in major public institutions. Their work ranges from traditional pen-and-ink to digital and from print publications to webcomics.
Whether you’re a beginner wanting to learn the basics or an experienced artist looking to pick up a few hints and ideas, there will be so much you can learn from them. Best of all, for me as their editor, was their complete commitment to the project and their sheer enthusiasm for creating narrative art.
Of course, I’ve added a few words to the book myself – some general guidance, suggestions for practice and using the projects, and ideas for places to look for further inspiration, and books and websites that might be helpful. The aim is to make a package that encourages everyone to explore their creativity.
It’s due out in April. I hope you enjoy it.