Will Sliney: Art Picks

Creator Art Picks, where we ask comic creators about the comics and artists they like and that influence them. Will Sliney is the artist on Marvel’s Spider-Man 2099. He was also the artist on Fearless Defenders before that and wrote and drew Celtic Warrior: The Legend of Cú Chulainn from O’Brien Press.

Who was the first artist you took notice of when getting into comics, that made you realize it was someone’s job to draw or just made you aware of creators?

Joe Mad was the starting point for me. The first name that I got to know. There was one page from Uncanny X-Men that I basically redrew, line for line, and that was the start of it for me.
Do you have a biggest influence or favourite artist, one that’s maybe affected your style or storytelling more than others?
Yes, Stuart Immonen. I love his work. I love the way he has adapted his style over the years. I especially love the story of how he pushed his own style to become more cartoony in Nextwave, to end up less photorealistic and with the style he has now.
Do you have a favourite artistic run on a series, or simply a love of the way one artist draws a certain character or team?
Yeah it’s Stuart’s All new Xmen. Over the years, I kind of going in sequence it would have been. J. Scott Campbell’s Danger Girl, Joe Mad’s Battlechasers, Jim Lee’s Hush, Bryan Hitch’s Ultimates, Coipel’s Thor, Leinil Yu’s Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk, then onto Stuart.
Do you have a specific favourite page or sequence from an artist?
Hmm, tough one. Lets go with the cinematic nature of Hitch’s Ultimates. No specific page, but the tone of the way he delivered that book, the constant use of widescreen panels.
What’s your favourite comic book cover?
Ultimate Spider-Man no. 8  Because I painted that on my bedroom wall as a teenager. It’s still there.
Who’s your favourite artist right now?
Yup, Stuart Immonen
Is there a current underrated artist or up and coming one you’d like to highlight?
Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, but he wont be underrated for long as he is about to blow up.
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Questions by Chris O’Halloran