CCC 240 – The James Neish Interview

James Neish drops by to talk to Brian Dunaway and Joel Duggan about going full time as an Illustrator and Comic artist.

James Neish

About the work:
http://jamesneish.com
About Artist:
I was born and raised in the bustling metropolis of Cebu City in the Philippines, where I graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. I’ve done a lot of different things in my arts career including organizing and teaching summer art workshops, leading a team of illustrators in developing content for English tutorial software, putting together solo and group art exhibits in different countries, and of course, my favorite: writing and illustrating comic books. Currently, I reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia where I am exploring my Canadian heritage.

 

Traditional illustration techniques/hybrid illustration techniques James
How I grew to love comics in the Philippines in the 90’s. James
Artist hero worship: Jack Kirby, Jim Lee, Wilce Portacio, Joe Madureira, and some others James
What it’s like to go full-time freelance in your 30’s and leave your day job. James
Being gay in the Comic World – as a fan or as someone working in the business. James
Fan art – how to use it to help and not define your career James
I love the illustrations where the characters smile. Is this a visual cue for your audience to know that this is fan art and to not be taken seriously? Like a happy smiling Hulk. Brian
Comics: X-Men – the Chris Claremont years, Age of Apocalypse. Batman. Sandman. Alternative comics/non-super hero comics. James
Comics as an artform. James
Have you ever displayed your comic pages in a gallery? Joel
Comic book movies. James
When we were table-neighbours at AubCon in May, I got to watch one of your drawing techniques first hand. Can you explain your marker/ink process for our listeners? Joel
Both your inks and your colored pages are high in detail. How long does it take you to complete the average comic page? Joel
Who is your favorite character (or subject) for a pinup piece? Joel
What’s an illustration “trick” or technique that you just can’t live without? Joel
Marvel Unlimited
http://marvel.com/comics/unlimited
Asterios Polyp
http://www.amazon.com/Asterios-Polyp-David-Mazzucchelli/dp/0307377326
Death Note
http://www.viz.com/death-note
OMG Alpha Flight was in the X-Men Cartoon
http://marvelanimated.wikia.com/wiki/Alpha_Flight