I have several wonderful and talented artists that I work with on a regular basis. Some are clients, some are friends, and others I have managed to just blissfully stumble across. I have sent 5 questions to various artists for a form of “virtual interview”. Without further delay…our April Featured Artist of the Month:
LEWAINE PUBLISHING (LP): What is your “key project”? How long have you been working on it? Synopsis?
SCOTT: My key project is my ongoing comic, Angry Faerie. It’s recently started it’s fourth year and I’m closing in on the 500th page. It’s the continuing story of Angry Faerie (who has somehow still managed to avoid having her real name disclosed) and the mythological beings and entities who have to deal with her. It’s done in a Manga/American comic-book style, and is (overall) rated pg-13. I usually describe Angry Faerie as “if Dragonball Z and Tinkerbell had a drunken hook-up and produced a child, that child would be Angry Faerie”.
LP: What is your favorite medium to work in? What is your best creation with that medium?
SCOTT: I work primarily with pencil and ink. The Angry Faerie pages are all drawn with .3mm mechanical pencil on Deleter A4 Manga paper, then inked with a variety of pens (Prismacolor multi-liners primarily) and Pentel brush pens. For tones and lettering I use Manga Studio 4 because I would never subject anyone to my own hand lettering. It’s hard to say what my “best creation” is, because there are pages that I was really happy with a few years ago, but when I look back on them now all I see is mistakes. Be that as it may, here’s an Angry Faerie page I was pretty happy with.
LP: What are your hobbies?
SCOTT: My main hobby is reading: comic books, novels, manga (which could technically be included under comic books I suppose). I also do some writing, although it seems that’s mostly in November during National Novel Writing Month. I like watching movies as well. For the most part I spend a lot of my “free time” working on Angry Faerie, and since I don’t make a living at that (yet) I suppose that’s the hobby that takes up the majority of my time.
LP: To what do you contribute your success thus far?
SCOTT: I’ve been fortunate enough to have a very supportive wife. Doing Angry Faerie itself doesn’t cost anything, but going to conventions, having comics printed up, that sort of thing, the costs do add up. I haven’t reached the point of breaking even on this yet, so the fact that my wife supports my hobby and actually encourages me has been a great thing.
I’ve also got a good network of people on Facebook and online who have helped spread the word about the comic. The Colorado comic community is very helpful and supportive, and the local comic shops have been great about carrying the Angry Faerie comic in their shops.
LP: What are the three most valuable lessons/tips you have learned about being an artist, so far?
SCOTT: That’s a tough one.
- First of all, don’t doubt that you have the potential to grow. I look back at the early AF pages and all I see are things I should have done better, but I think over the past four years I’ve improved in my writing and my artwork. I know there is still room for move improvement, of course.
- Secondly, not everyone will like everything you do, so you’ve got to do what you want. If you like what you’re doing, someone else is going to like it, too. You can’t please everyone, so don’t try.
- Third, a deadline can be your friend. I update Angry Faerie three times each week and I have never missed an update. I know that there are people who are looking forward to reading a new page every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and I don’t want to let them down. So knowing there’s a deadline for each page means I make time to get those pages done on time, every time.
Thank you so much, Scott, for taking the time to talk with me on your adventures as an artist. I love the description you give of Angry Faerie. I have been reading AF for at least 6 months now and never miss a week. Maybe one day I will get the time to read up from the beginning.