FERGUSON’S 7 QUESTIONS WITH… ADAM LAW
We like to highlight people whose work you might not have seen before. We have highlighted his work before but this time he’s answering 7 questions. It’s Adam Law.
What was the first comic work you did that was published?
The first comic I did was a Sci-Fi racing web comic called Felicity. It was ‘published’ online in 2009 after a couple of years trying to get it ready.
What is the biggest thing you have learned since that book?
That one of the best ways you can improve your story-telling skills is to do just that- tell a story. By creating my own comics, I was able to gain knowledge about my own limits and work hard to better myself with every page.
What’s your process for writing/drawing a comic book?
I work entirely digitally and I start by roughing out small thumbnails for each page, going off the script. Once I achieve a story ‘flow’ I’m happy with- I enlarge those thumbnails and pencil in the final work. Going from there, I do inks and then right through to colours and post production like lettering and effects. Sometimes I record myself (badly) acting out the dialogue in a scene so I can listen to it over and over, to help visualise the movements and moments before I start any drawing.
What is the biggest influence on your work?
Animation is very important to me- it was a captivating part of my childhood so I remember much of it fondly. I have a lot of time for fantasy and adventurous worlds of impossibility. Artistically, I draw a lot of influence from cartooning giants like Gennady Tartakovsky and Bruce Timm. Writing and movie wise I enjoy pretty much anything Brad Bird has done. My favourite TV Show of all time is Avatar: The Last Airbender and subsequently- would highly recommend the comic books from Dark Horse for fans who might not have already picked them up.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working freelance right now on a bunch of different projects- comics wise, I plan on releasing a short super hero book with my Northern Irish superhero(That’s a first, I think!) called The Magpie.
What do you have out now or coming out next?
I founded a group project a couple of years ago that pools the collective ideas and talents of several artists to create a comic called ‘Scoundrels’.
It’s a Sci-Fi Pirate adventure story and you can check it out right now at http://scoundrels.thecomicseries.com. It updates every Monday with a new page. Much more personally- I’ve been working on early drafts for an all-age Fantasy adventure story that I’ll be pitching to publishers at the end of the year all being well.
What is your favourite Irish comic?
Half Past Danger by Stephen Mooney. It’s like Indiana Jones with Dinosaurs. Enough said!