youwontrememberthis asked: In one of the episodes of strip-search you say that you didn't go to college. Do you mind if I ask how you got to the job you had without a college degree? What was your first art related job? As a college drop out I'm very interested.
I can only answer for my experience in animation, but to be honest going to art college isn’t necessary for getting a job. That’s not to say art school isn’t valuable, or worthwhile if you can afford it and know you will make the best out of your time there (actually learning and making stuff).
I wanted to go to art school, but I failed to get into my school of choice and couldn’t afford it anyway. So instead I moved to LA after highschool and got a job as the lowest rung on the ladder at an animation studio, making photocopies and scanning drawings. Over the next decade I moved up to inking, then to layout, then finally design and storyboards, and that served as my education.
These days I think potential hirers value good work ethics and a willingness to grow and learn just as much (or possibly more) than a degree (a good portfolio and the ability to network helps too, of course).
smelyalatah asked: did you go to art school?
Nope! See above. :]
Laura Palmer watercolor/marker drawing for The Twin Peaks art show tonight
Someone asked me who the two new girls in my Skadi comic are, and if they were from her clan. It’s not super relevant to the storyline, but I do have a little backstory made up for them if anyone’s interested. They’re both teenage runaways/wannabe mercenaries but are from separate clans. If they look familiar at all, it’s because one is from the Amazon tribe that Skadi will later fight as an adult. The other is from Nit’s village.
A comic about mornings.
paulspaintings asked: Say, Katie, nice blogs. Those pictures are pretty sweet. But, what happened to your giant mouth post for your blogger blog? When are you gonna repost it? It's my favorite Funny Cute blog post, along w/ the Playboy post
I had a mishap with my blog a couple years ago and managed to lose all of my old posts, and a lot of the art I once had up there might be a bit difficult to dig up to repost. I’ve had a few people ask me about my old tutorial style blog posts like the one on drawing mouths, but to be honest I now feel like I shouldn’t have been attempting to teach anyone about construction and things like that. The drawings I posted certainly didn’t illustrate what I was preaching about, and now I feel a bit bad about that. :<
ask-alucard asked: Katie! I'm so glad I found you through Strip Search, I read through your Skadi comic in a day and LOVED IT (congrats on the new site)! I was curious... what manga have you read/still read?
Thanks you, I’m glad you liked Skadi! Lessee…this is a tough one, there are a lot of mangas I really like a lot. I love anything by Ai Yazawa, who’s Gokinjo Monogatari really influenced how I drew as a teenager. I like a lot of Tezuka’s more lighthearted stuff…and some other favorites would be Ranma, Dragonball, Dr. Slump, What’s Michael, Happy Mania, Peach Girl…there are a lot. :]
8thvoyage asked: I Katie. I was reading your influences and was wondering which French comics are good? I only know of old stuff like Moebius (Showing my age) What's good these days?
Hello! These are some of my favorites:In case you can’t read it, that’s Kerascoet’s Beaute and Miss Don’t Touch Me, Lewis Trondheim’s Ralph Azham, Chris Blain’s Gus and his Gang and Isaac the Pirate, Joann Sfar’s The Rabbi’s Cat, and my absolute FAVORITE comic series ever, Dungeon, which has many different contributing artists.