Here are some of my frequently asked questions. I'll try to keep this updated if people ask me stuff in the comments section.
First thing's first, my name is Cassandra and I'm a 24 year old comic penciller from Australia. (Tasmania to be exactly, you know, with the devils.)
I live just outside the city in a tiny house with my fiancé Rowan (who helps me out at Conventions because he's such a sweetie) and our two goldfish Daigoro and Shiroyuki and our two cats, Peach and Pudding. It's a squished but comfortable home.Do you draw comics?
I most certainly do. Im working on a few small projects right now and got my first gig colouring but hoping to land some bigger stuff soon.What materials do you use?
Firstly I dont do that much digital stuff, I prefer pencils and markers but when I do I use an old Wacom tablet and Photoshop. As for the rest I use standard drawing pencils and erasers
0.5 mechanical pencils,
Micron and Copic multiliner inking pens of various sizes and colours
Copic opaque white paint
Prismacolor colouring in pencils
11 x 17 Canson or Eon Productions premium smooth comic boards
Mustek A3 scanner (Hooray for no longer having to scan my large comic pages in pieces. The Mustek is a great A3 scanner for the price.) Any advice about breaking into the comics industry?
Ill tell you when I get there!
Id suggest getting your stuff out there, grab a scanner, create yourself a blog or a DeviantART account, or even join a forum like Digital Webbing or Pencil Jack and get posting. You may not get work but youll improve your art and make contacts, Ive gotten a lot of work through people on different communities. This is especially a good idea if youre in a situation like me and cannot make it to big U.S. based Comic Conventions, the only way I have to get my art out there and seen is online.I notice you drawing lots of sketch cards, how did you get into that?
After trying to sell my own hand drawn sketch cards for years I was about to give up when I discovered the Scoundrel Sketch card forums: [link]
(I highly recommend this forum for people looking to get into doing sketch card commissions or in a professional capacity.) With-in a month of posting there I had learned a lot and had job offers for official sketch card sets.How much to sketch cards pay?
As for personal sketch cards on commission you decide your own price as for official sets it can be anywhere between $1 to $5 a card. The idea is that the artist makes their money back selling commissions on the official card set stock and on artist return cards. (An artist may receive a couple of these each for every set they do.) Most companies will let you know up-front how many returns and blank commission cards youll get before you sign your work contract.Did you attend any special Art Schools?
I did spend a few years studying at the Tasmanian University of Fine Arts but dropped out because comic art wasnt considered real art and I wasnt learning anything there I didnt already know.So where did you learn to draw?
Im pretty much self taught; Ive always loved drawing and would spend hours locked away in my room growing up doodling. Its amazing how much you improve at something by doing it every day for years and years!Any advice on how to stay motivated with art?
Not really, in my mind if you dont love then dont do it. Im pursuing an art career for purely selfish reasons, i.e. I love drawing so I want to get paid to do it all day. Ive had other jobs being a shop clerk, waitressing and office filing and none have been as fulfilling as drawing. I will say this though, early on in my career I did have quite a bit of trouble keeping myself at my drawing desk. Id get tired very quickly or get headaches and after a few hours of drawing or even reading emails Id need a nap. I had an eye test and it turns out I needed glasses and my lack of energy was a result of me trying to read and draw and seriously straining my eyes. (Im short-sighted in one eye and far-sighted in the right so my vision is always blurry no matter what Im looking a unless I close one eye.)Do you prefer doing digital or traditional art?
I personally prefer traditional media. Its just personal taste though, I can see the merits of both and really admire people who use programs like Photoshop beautifully. I havent quite tackled the beast well enough yet and find it faster to sketch, ink and colour using traditional media.Where do you work?
Im currently working full-time from home on my art. I share an office with my fiancé and two other friends / colleges who are all game designers / programmers. Were all sharing an office space while we work on an iPhone game for release at the end of the year. They spend the majority of their time on the game but since Im only the character designer and cut-scene artist I dont have nearly as much work as they do. I personally love sharing a working environment with others (and especially lucky that I share it with my partner) because Im not the solitary artist type. I adore company and being able to get instant advice on my work if I need it. Working my own hours is also great, I usually start work in the late morning and finish in the evening.What comics do you read? Any recommendations?
I'm currently really into the current Batgirl and love anything by Gail Simone, I always pick up Secret Six and Birds of Prey when they come in. Greg Rucka's Batwoman is a fantastic read and I'm also a big fan of Spiderman Loves Mary Jane. (I'm so sad it's cancelled.) I also love Marvel's Hercules comics and highly recommend Runaways.