FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
This page will answer a lot of the questions people have about various subjects. I try to reply as much email as I can but it gets hard to do, especially when the same range of questions continue to flow in. It’s a bit like Groundhog Day :) So before sending out an email read thru this page to see if you question has already been answered. This page will be updated often so please, check back if you have emailed a question you didn’t see answered.
Q: How did you get your start in comics?
A: I attended a comic book convention and sat behind a table with my friends. I had my portfolio on the table and CB Cebulski checked it out, liked it and left his card. We became friends and were developing a few indy projects together when an editor at Marvel asked if he knew anyone that could do a fill-in issue on ICEMAN. CB gave my name and I did the issue, and have been working in the business every since. Basically, an opportunity presented itself, I took it and then busted my butt every day since to stay in. For more a more in-depth version of this, check out THE MARVEL ART OF SKOTTIE YOUNG.
Q: Do you have any tips on how I can break in?
A: Everyone thinks there is a secret to breaking into comics and there is…DRAW/WRITE GOOD. It’s pretty simple. Draw, draw, and draw some more. Same goes for writing. There is not just one door, there’s 100 and they’re all different. If you’re drawing/writing is at a professional level then the biggest part of the equation is solved. Get online and promote yourself. Start a site, a blog, a facebook page, a twitter account, a deviantart page, etc. Go to conventions, buy a table, sit behind and promote your work. Take a break from your table and drop off packets at the company booths. Create your own comic while waiting to get in the door at one of the companies. Who knows, you may not need the job at one of the companies.
Q: Can you show my work to any editors at Marvel? Can you give me any editors contact information?
A: Sorry, but the relationships I have with any companies i work with are confidential. On the other hand, i will often write my editors or art directors about great artists or writers i find online. So like i said above, just make stuff and post it!
Q: Will you take a look at my work and give me pointers or tips on how to improve.
A: I wish I could dedicate the time to going over everyones portfolios and give them solid critiques, but it’s just not possible. I look at as many as my schedule will allow but I can’t promise that I’ll always be able to reply to art critique requests. I do apologize.
Q: Did you go to college? Can you recommend any colleges to help me get into comics.
A: No, I didn’t go to college. Because of that, I don’t have any solid info on schools.
Q: Do you do sketches at conventions? If so, can how much do they cost and can I get on your list now?
A: It depends on the convention and about of time. Varies from con to con. But due to time restraints, i don’t get the chance to do them as much as many as I used to. And I don’t do any pre-show commissions. Sorry.
Q: If I send you my comic will you sign it and send it back?
A: Unfortunately, no. If I do it for one, its only fair that I do it for everyone who requests it and I just can’t spend that much time at the post office. I’ll be glad to sign some books if you stop by any of the conventions i attend.
Q: What tools do you use?
A: I do my rough drawing digitally on my Cintiq. I print those roughs out in light blue ink on an Epson 1400. I ink mostly with a Kuratake Brush Pen or a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. For the Kuratake I use a converter cartridge filled with Speedball ink. The Pentel pen I use an empty cartridge and fill it with Koh I Nor ink. I ink with traditional brushes as well but the brush pens are much faster and create the same look and feel.
Q: What programs do you use to draw digitally?
A: I draw almost everything in Sketchbook Pro. It’s the closet thing to drawing naturally that I’ve found. If I do ink digitally, I use Clip Stuido. I color everything in Photoshop. I also have started doing some things on the iPad Pro.
Q: Will you design me a tattoo?
A: I get this one daily. It’s awesome to get asked but unfortunately I don’t have time to do such specific kind of jobs. There’s just not enough hours in the day.