Tuesday, May 13, 2014
I have been reading comics since I was a child. I had a lot of trouble reading books when I was young, due to my dyslexia. Even If I could finish reading a book, I was not able to understand the emotions and the message of the story.
Because comics are visual, I was able to use this graphic way of communication to create a new world and a new way to express myself.
Growing up in France, I read a lot of Tintin, Asterix and Obelix, Spirou and other Franco-Belgian comics. I also was a big reader of Picsou.(Scrooge McDuck).
I went to a graphic design school in France, not necessarily for the drawing aspect, because it hadn’t yet peaked my interest at this time, but more for the computer design component.
I really enjoyed creating art, but really didn’t like the idea of promoting something I didn’t support, which limited myself with little independent businesses. I slowly stopped doing graphic design. This is the point at which I decided I really wanted to learn how to draw.
When someone tells you that drawing is a gift - that some people can just draw but not just anyone. It’s not true.
It’s hard and this is true, but with a lot of motivation and patience it is possible.
Just after this, I met my wife, who is from the United States. Four years later we moved to Seattle, Washington.
This is when I started to discover the underground scene of comics. Seattle was and is a huge inspiration for me. When I saw all these amazing artists and read the comics that these people were creating and putting out there, I wanted to do the same.
I have toddler twin boys at home. When I finish my work at the local co-op at 11pm, I go home and draw until I am too tired.
A lot of the time I think that I am crazy and that this probably isn’t worth it. Sometimes I tell myself that we only have one life and we should fight for what we love. Every day I tell myself that I want to show to my kids that we can accomplish whatever we dream in our life; and I work harder.
I don’t have a lot of drawing skill, but I keep working to improving it. I keep reading more of others’ work and communicating with the amazing people who create them.
Maybe it will be only a simple hobby all my life, maybe not. What’s important is that I love creating and expressing myself in this visual way that has been in me since I was a child. I will keep doing just that.
I am comics.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
A friend of mine who is an avid homebrewer and brewer in a well-known local brewery, asked me to play a game with him.
Instead of making a beer and afterwards drawing a label for it, he asked me to draw a label which will inspire him to make a beer.
There are two of the ideas I showed him; I am curious to see what he is going to make.