INTERVIEW WEB COMIC WEEK 5

SUSANA RAMÍREZ

 

1.-When and how did you start to read comics?

I guess in high school. I’ve been watching anime since I was a child, but I think I started with comics when I was a teenager.

 

2.-When did you decide that you want to be illustrator?

At 16, or 17 I knew I want to work in this kind of work, but it was something general. I think I really knew it when I was at the college, when I was studying Fine Arts.

 

3.-Tell us about your training and your influences.

Well, I started to draw when I was I child, since I can remember. About studies I learned a lot at college, but most of all, because of practice and drawing a lot every day. While I was living in Dublin, I improved a lot, but you learn from everything and averyone.

 

About my influences, it’s difficul to say, cause everything can influence you even if you wasn’t looking for it. A comic, a book, a film or maybe just someone you see at the bus stop. But if I have to say something I think I should mention Dragon Ball at first, and later on, the next big influence in my own style was Bleach and Priest.

 

4.- Which parts of the illustrator job do you like and dislike?

What I like the most is that I really enjoy what I am doing, and even if you are tired it’s ok to do it. And, at the end, even if you are not happy with what you did, you know at least it was practice.

 

What I don’t like about this kind of job, is that it’s usually not well paid, it’s hard to live just working as a drawer, not impossible, but difficult. I think this job requires a lot of time and effort, and that it’s not recognised.

 

5.- Why did you decide join to the webcomic project of Twist Comics?

I think it’s an opportunity of promotion and made a name, and at the same time, you are working on improve your skills.

 

6.- What attracted you to the story that you illustrated?

I have always been attracted at action and superpowers stories, as well as I want to prove something new, like drawing aliens.

 

7.- Could you explain your decisions in the design of the main character?

The base idea was Angelina Jolie, provided by Fernando, so I took the general aspect from her, thick lips, squared face, etc. From there I though that I didn’t want a sweet woman, cause the character wasn’t like that, and personally, I don’t like that kind of characters. So I tried some scars and hairs and colours to find what suit the character better. And about the armor the first thing was that I didn’t want the classic armor, I wanted something more original, so I did it asymmetrical and started to build it up from there.

 

8.-And the alien?

I searched for aliens references, a lot of them, with warrior looks above all. In spite of being a warrior, he wasn’t someone rude or bad, and because he had some kind of relationship with the main character they had to match in some way, so I made him in a stylish style too, and because I’m not familiar with big characters, do it like that it could have been a bad idea.

 

9.-How much time did you spend per page? What’s been your process for drawing it and communicating with the scriptwriter?

It’s hard to say how much time per page because I was working on all pages at the same time, but I think about 20 hours per page, or even more.

 

 

10.- Which vignette are you proudest of? If there are spoilers please warn us.

If I have to choose I’ll go with the second vignette from page 4, where Ania is flying and the quarkmor starts to desactivate. There isn’t an especific reason about this, but I like Ania’s expression and seeing Ania from the bottom while flying it’s interesting.

 

 

11.- What is your next project? What are you working now?

I’m working in another comic for Twist Comics, and on my own project I‘ve been working for some months.

 

12.- Which illustration are you proudest of?

I guess the last one I made, and elf fighting in the snow, it’s a character from my comic project. It has a lot of mistakes which can be improved, but it was a goal to achieve cause of the perspective, as well as the lighting.

 

13.- Returning to the subject of hobbies, which comic are you reading now? With Blacksad I’m waiting for the next volume, as well as Vagabond and Priest. Righ now I’m going to start to read Superman: Red Son and Astonishing X-Men.

 

14.- If you knew tomorrow was going to be the start of the apocalypse… What would you do today?

I guess I will buy The Last of Us, I’m not gonna die without playing that game.

 

15.- What words of greeting would you like to hear at heaven’s gates or in hell?

Stay calm, we have computers and videogames.

 

16.- What advice can you give us?

Enjoy the little things in your live but never give up on your dreams.

 

17.- If you could eliminate one thing on this planet, what would it be?

Too many things… I can’t choose.

 

18.- What good things do you hope will happen for you in the coming months?

Find a good and a well paid job. Yes, I know it’s just a fantasy

INTERVIEW WEBCOMIC WEEK FOUR

Maria Aurora Rodriguez
1.-When and how did you start to read comics?
I read them before I knew that’s what they were called. When I was I child I used to read some old comics lost in my grandmother’s house: Spiderman, Mortadelo y Filemón, Tin tin, Astrix and Oblix… the usual, but I was very young (5 or 6) and although I could read it I couldn’t understand the story, I preferred to look at the images. I learnt more about comics around 12 years old when I started to read Dibus (a magazine about cartoons, comics, films, manga, etc.) and the first comic I start to collect was W.I.T.C.H.
2.-When did you decide that you want to be illustrator?
Actually I didn’t “decide” it, it’s like the result of my training, I realized that my favorite subject was drawing.
3.-Tell us about your training and your influences.
I studied Fine Arts in Malaga, Spain and after that a Higher National Diploma in traditional and computer animation in Dublin. I think my influences are changing all the time, although I guess the most important are traditional animation and manga, which is the reason why my style is a mixture of both.
4.- Which parts of the illustrator job do you like and dislike?
The thing I like most are those little inspirational moments that sometimes happen; maybe you are listening music and you start to draw without stopping and then you realize the playlist stopped half hour ago.
And the thing I dislike is when someone I respect disregards a project which I worked very hard on, or that had a special meaning to me.
5.- Why did you decide join to the webcomic project of Twist comics?
I was familiar with the project through one of my friends, who is also an illustrator, and when I contacted with the scriptwriter he convinced me. I actually really liked the variety of stories I could choose to illustrate and the good deal with him.
6.- What attracted you to the story that you illustrated?
I really liked that the story was very humorous, but I like it especially because it’s about a group of geeks.
7.- Could you explain your decisions in the design of the main character?
I started by following the scriptwriter’s guide about their personalities and appearance. I imagined them as a very comedic duo, like Laurel and Hardy.
Pedro is an attractive geek guy; I had to think along the lines of a kind of young Kurt Cobain. Hence the blonde hair and the grunge touch in their clothes. All his body and face is long but curve. As for the nose? I know looks like Escaflowne, I wanted his face to be a little imperfect, so that he wouldn’t be the typical good-looking boy, but still cute; I liked him with that pointy nose (also, with a flat nose he looked like a girl XD)
Now Jordi, he is a master geek, metal lover and misogynist; and inspiration behind my design for him was José María from El día de la bestia but younger and a geek. Actually I had no mercy with this character because he was misogynist XD. Nobody told me but I wanted him to be plump and short but very expressive and exaggerated in his speaking. Anyway I ended up loving this character, I enjoy it very much when he causes his own bad luck owing to his big mouth XD.
8.- Do you think that geeks can’t find relationships?
No way, I know a lot of geeks with partners, even some of them are dating “non-geek” people. I think everyone has to be themselves; the mistake is looking for your love in the wrong place or acting different to try to attract the wrong person.
9.-How much time did you spend per page? What’s been your process for drawing it and communicating with the scriptwriter?
I spent around fifteen days per page (because I had my time divided amongst other projects) and the process was:
1- Read the script and solve doubts with the scriptwriter.
2- Sketch.
3- Digital inking.
4- Color.
5- Speech balloons and dialogues.
We always checked every step and changing things before continuing on.
10.- Which vignette are you proudest of? If there are spoilers please warn us.
I love the last vignette of the last page. This is because we could understand it even without dialogue, and also Jordi’s face is very very funny XD.
11.- What is your next project? What are you working now?
I’m going to continue working for Twist Comics, and I’m also contributing in a blog with my own gag comics.
12.- Which illustration are you proudest of?
An illustration I made for a module of the course I did in animation. It’s a landscape where I try to show a story using a sequence of images. I used a digital watercolor effect for first time, and although it may not be my best illustration it has a special meaning for me.
13.- Returning to the subject of hobbies, which comic are you reading now?
Actually, I guess I’m a heretic in this matter, because I’ve liked more animation than comics so I’m a bit out of date. I read some manga series, the last one I started to follow is Fairy Tale. Also this I’m reading again Astrix and Oblix, BlackSad and Jazz Maynard.
14.- If you knew tomorrow was going to be the start of the apocalypse… What would you do today?
I would go to eat all the stuff my diet doesn’t allow me to eat until I was sated.
15.- What words of greeting would you like to hear at heaven’s gates or in hell?
What are you doing here?! Go back home!
16.- What advice can you give us?
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and “If you are going to go out in a pair of heels, keep a pair of pumps in your purse!”
17.- If you could eliminate one thing on this planet, what would it be?
The virus… ALL OF THEM.
18.- What good things do you hope will happen for you in the coming months?
I hope to find a good job.