FERGUSON’S 7 QUESTIONS WITH… ROBERT CAREY
What was the first comic work you did that was published?
The Indifference Engine. Published by Markosia and written by Cy Dethan. It was great fun, the creative team were amazing. It was my first time working in a group dynamic. Seeing my line art being professionally coloured by Melanie Cook was a joy. Nic Wilkinson did a whopper job on the lettering
What is the biggest thing you have learned since that book?
That a career in comics will not happen overnight. Every aspect of comics take time. From art production, to building relationships with writers and editors, its a long, hard road. But worth it every step of the way. Also, its critical an artist learns to trust their writer, and vice versa. Comics is a collaborative effort, you need to be nice and easy to deal with.
What’s your process for drawing a comic book?
The most important step for me is the preliminary stage. I read the script a few times, then I gather tons of research. I get the research before I thumbnail. I find it easier to layout a scene if I know the location. If its a made up place, or somewhere I would be unable to get reference for, I compose the scene with 3D rendering software. Once the layouts are done and I am ready to illustrate the page, first thing is to work out vanishing points and place in a perspective grid. This for me is the most important step, as its the foundation for all that I will be drawing. Then I do rough outlines of the characters, buildings, backgrounds etc. I dont do much detail in the pencils stage, I leave all that for the inks. If I am working digitally, process is the same, just with a wacom tablet.
What is the biggest influence on your work?
Artists: Sean Gordan Murphy, Trevor Hairsine, Bryan Hitch, Sara Pichilli, Olivier Coipel, Tommie Kelly, Ben Hennessy and Luca Pizzari
Writers: David Gemmell, Mark Millar, Stephen Carey.
TV: 24, Star Trek TNG, X-Men(90’s), Batman the animated series and the greatest show of all time, the Centurians.
Movies: I love big dumb action. Starship Troopers, Avengers, T2, Commando, Hard Target, these films inpire me to draw.
What are you working on right now?
I have just started a new web comic called “Siege Protocol“. Its hopefuilly going to be weekly, if not bi-weekly. The inital inspiration for the first page was Cyborg Die Hard. From here on out I have no idea how it will play out, as the twist is its audence participation. General public can decide the outcome of the story by sugesting ideas on
The person who makes the winning suggestion will be credited as that Pages guest writer. The glorious Ciaran Marcantonio is my first guest writer, and I have to thank him for helping noae the comic.
I am also still working as Lightning Strike’s Editor in chief, and we have a couple of books in pre-production. One in particualr will be big news for us. I will be providing art for at least one of these books.
A little collaboration I did with the incredibly nice Ryan K Lindsay . http://ryanklindsay.com/2013/12/17/merry-marvel-xmas-mystery-2013/ …
I have a short written by my brother Stephen being released soon for Rob Curley and Atomic Diner.
What do you have out now or coming out next?
Possibly working on a three graphic novels, but early days yet, so I cant give away details yet. I will illustrating a short story , for the NoCode comic anthology which is fully supported by Pearl Jam, which is exciting.
What is your favourite Irish comic?
Lightning Strike of course. And Half Past Danger.