This week I would like to tell you about one of the most supportive artists I have come across online. Mark Stokes is the creator of the webcomic Zombie Boy. It follows the tribulations of Morgan McCorckindale who after a small accident during a family holiday on Voodoo Island turns into a very special boy commonly referred to as Zombie Boy. The cast of characters is extensive and keep the strips fun and unpredictable, it’s always a treat to see what new gags, whether witty, snappy or simply very subtle, Mark has in store for us as he updates three (yes, three!) times a week! Over time, I have developed a soft spot for Zombie Boy’s pet, Gorr, who has quickly become my second favourite comic strip dog of all time after Snoopy. Yes, Mark’s comic is that good!
A few weeks ago, I finally made time to put together a little piece of fan art for Mark, to acknowledge my admiration for his work and my appreciation for his unconditional and continued support as he has manifested himself (without shame) as being a real Captain Wayne fan!
It has become tradition now that my renditions of other artists’ characters depict them having some kind of interaction with our good Captain. This piece is no exception. I would very much like to encourage you to head on over to Mark’s site and check it out as well as his Zombie Boy comic!
On a different note, I wanted to let you know that I have been busy lately with something unexpected. In my quest to become a better artist, I have decided to go back to school. Finding the right place to do this was not as evident as you’d think but in a way, it’s the choice of the course that really pushed me to take the decisive step and sign up. I’ve already started working on my first piece of homework!
My design training focused on other things than pure craft. Colour theory and sketching techniques were of course at the art of my Industrial Design training, alongside more technical things such as aerodynamics, materials and methods, 3d modeling and other technical drawing skills. Learning how to render an object so that others can understand its shape and function is nothing like learning how to observe, illustrate and paint. In that respect, being somehow who’s always loved to draw, I’ve been feeling as though I would never really know what my potential could be. Never in a million years would have thought that starting to make my own comics would have triggered all this. It has awaken a desire in me to follow my passion. I know, it sounds pretty obvious for some of you… I’m a slow learner. But a learner nonetheless!