QUICK QUESTIONS WITH: Anthea West
WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT IS YOUR CONNECTION TO COMICS?
Hi, I’m Anthea West and I enjoy reading and making comics
WHAT COMIC ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
I’m working on my first graphic novel The Earthbound God all about ladies in a forest hunting a deer skull monster.
WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF MAKING COMICS?
Oooh well for my longer works I love the earlier development and conceptual parts like character designs and world building and design but my favourite and most relaxing part of comics for me is inking. I know, weird but I just find it so nice!
WHAT’S THE WORST PART OF MAKING COMICS?
HOW DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER COMICS?
The Beano! My mom would buy it for me every week and I loved it.
WHO IS THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR WORK?
I have a whole lot of favourite artists who’ve influence me in some way but I guess the first people who come to mind are: Ross Campbell (Wet Moon, Shadoweyes) Yoko Ota (Johnny Wander, Lucky Penny, Callie Eats Feathers) Shaun Healey (AKA Endling on DA) Then of course there’s the amazing super awesome people I’m lucky to be friends with, but that list is way too long!
WHAT TOOLS OF THE TRADE DO YOU USE?
Red & Blue Prismacolor Col-erase pencils for drawing and sketching, Pental brush pen for most of my inking and Adobe Photoshop for my colours
WHAT IS THE SINGLE WORK OF WHICH YOU ARE MOST PROUD?
Uhhhhh I’ll get back to you on that one.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED?
Just do it and don’t wait around until you “get better” Doing something is the best practise so just grab a pencil and draw!
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CURRENT IRISH COMIC SCENE?
I like how more and more Irish ladies are getting their hands into the comic scene but there’s still a lot more growth needed in the Irish comic industry. We needs to spread our metaphorical wings into more genres then just Superheroes and Zombies. That’s just my most humble opinion however.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN IRISH COMIC IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
Some more focus on webcomics?
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN COMICS IN GENERAL IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
More Graphic novels and long ongoing series of comics
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