FERGUSON’S 7 QUESTIONS WITH… EOIN COVENEY
As promised, here’s another edition of 7 questions. This time it is with artist Eoin Coveney.
What was the first comic work you did that was published?
It was a graphic novel which I penciled under the creative direction of the late Will Eisner. I also supervised the inkers and colourists on the job. I regard it as my apprenticeship in comics.
What is the biggest thing you have learned since that book?
Apart from learning how to draw a lot better than I could then, I would say, patience. It’s taken the best part of 10 years concerted effort to break out of the pigeonhole I was in (storyboarding for advertising). It also took roughly 5 years of submitting to 2000AD before I got a break with a Future Shock just last year.
What’s your process for drawing a comic book?
After reading the script several times, I have already a mental image of most of the frames, or at least an estimation of how they will work. Then I thumbnail the whole thing, making sure I arrange the characters correctly according to speech balloons, captions etc. All of the layout and staging problems are solved here. There is always some character design work to be undertaken, too- even if it’s an established character like Dredd. There will always be characters unique to a particular story. Some architectural or other props will also generally need designing. The Dredd story I drew in the 2000AD sic-fi special featured a cursed alien figurine which was really fun to design. Then I go to finished pencils, which I send to the client before making any tweaks and changes then directly to ink on Bristol board. I know a lot of creators tend to work digitally nowadays but I just enjoy the friction I get from a metal nib on board.
What is the biggest influence on your work?
– Artists- Cam Kennedy, Steve Dillon, Jose Ortiz, Jesus Redondo, Brian Bolland, Mike Mignola, Jose Pepe Gonzalez.
– writer- (I assume you mean comics writer?) John Wagner.
– TV (Current) Fargo, Mad Men. (old school) Northern Exposure, Twin Peaks.
– Movies- The Host (Korean monster movie, not the one with Saoirse Ronan), John Carpenter’s The Thing, The Elephant Man, Don’t Look Now, District 9.
What are you working on right now?
A horror- themed web comic for a U.S. agency.
What do you have out now or coming out next?
There’s a 9- page story in the Judge Dredd Megazine 349 written by David Baillie. I laughed out loud when I read the script. It’s out now.
Next, there’s a 10- page story for 2000AD. It will feature original characters written by renowned 2000AD writers.
What is your favourite Irish comic?
I am quite embarrassed to admit that I barely read any comics at all lately! There’s no doubt that there is a really vibrant scene here, now. I don’t think there’s ever been a time with more stuff being published independently and by established publishers here so there’s a big community out there, from self- publishing all the way through to the Slineys, Shalveys and Mooneys! I just recently joined ICN and am slowly getting to know more and more members. All are super supportive and committed. I have to read a lot of comics when I get some time off!
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