- The Tale of a Vampire Far From Home - Updated Twice a Week (Unless Otherwise Noted) -
A very simple email-based interview with creative-type folks.
Originally Posted Tuesday, November 13, 2007
All right, this week I have something special for everyone. Recently, an artist whose work I've been groovin' on for a while now offered anyone within Internet-based shouting distance to send him five questions. He'll answer them and (hopefully) those who asked will post them.
The man: Aaron Alexovich.
His body of work: Development Art on "Tutenstien," Character Designs on "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and "Invader Zim." His comic book work includes artwork for "Fables" and "Confessions of a Blabbermouth," creator of "Serenity Rose" and the just released "Kimmee66."
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EKA) Let's start with the basics. About how long have you been working on comics/cartoons for and where was your start?
Aaron A) Well, technically, I've been making comics and cartoons since I was a kid. I used to give my dad Star Trek spoof comics and whatnot for Christmas every year, a fact which I'm sure is conjuring up plenty of images of a very cool, socially-well-adjusted, athletic young Aaron. Most artists have stories like that, though. It's kind of like being a dancer or pianist or whatever... To be really good you kind of have to grow up with it.
EKA) Now that we have that out of the way, let's hit on your comic work. Your work on Serenity Rose was straight pencils/no inks. What are the pros and cons of working almost completely in pencil?
AA) I'd say the biggest pro is warmth. There's a richness to pencil shading that I can't really seem to get any other way. It all feels so... cozy, y'know?
EKA) On animation: It's been a couple of years since you did the Serenity cartoon on your site. Have you ever thought of doing other cartoon shorts online?
AA) Actually, that Serenity cartoon was my student film from 2000, the one that scored me a job on Zim. So it's been kind of a while. I'd love to do more, but animation takes just forever. Even a little 4-minute thing like that would eat up months and months. I can't really justify taking that kind of time away from the comics right now, to be honest.
EKA) Since the first question was two parts and I'm out of non-fanboy style questions, I'll wrap this up. This one is pretty much a free space for shout-outs, recommended reading/watching/listening, name dropping or anything else you wish to say.
AA) No shout-outs, really, and I've already done my name-drop, but I'll give you a reading, a watching, and a listening:
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I'd like to give a huge thanks to the newly married Mr. Aaron A. for not only offering up the chance to interview him for fans like myself and others but also for doing the great work he does. If you'd like to find out more about Aaron and his work, swing by his personal site at HeartShapedSkull dot Com. For a glimpse at his latest book, Kimmie66, click the link you just passed and enjoy!
*Answer: Dramatic Tension.
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