Having an email discussion about limited palette and jonesing hard for Joost Swarte

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8 hours ago
Anonymous said: Hello Stuart!! When you draw a central African American character like the new Captain America, do you reference his facial features from someone you know or do you use your considerable cartooning skills (please don't say your skills aren't considerable, they are) to cobble together something you can work with? Your "people" all look very individual and I appreciate your efforts there.

Hello to you. I use photo reference in all aspects of my work, primarily to help with body language, lighting effects and various complex details of the real world. However, I don’t have a particular person in mind when drawing Sam Wilson or any other character. Indeed, I’m most often the model, regardless of race, gender or species.

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10 hours ago
Anonymous said: Stuart Immonen, in an interview with Kevin Smith, Neal Adams stated that all comic artists trace. To what extent (if at all) is this true for you? Ever trace photos of people?

While I use photo-reference extensively in my work, and have been known to copy a 3D model or two on paper, in 28 years in comics I’ve never traced a human figure. But I’m no Neal Adams, either.

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10 hours ago
Things we find reassuring: handmade marbles at the Moon Marble Company.
Pictured: Filip Vogelpohl - “Silver Static Dichroic” with Black Moon and Stars Background

Things we find reassuring: handmade marbles at the Moon Marble Company.

Pictured: Filip Vogelpohl - “Silver Static Dichroic” with Black Moon and Stars Background

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1 day ago
Anonymous said: PEGGY CARTER!!!! *breathes heavily*

You have no idea… every time I think about her, I need to sit down. Or set something on fire. Or sharpen the felling axe and then go fell something. But sometimes I just vacuum.

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2 days ago
kate-n-bd said: Mr Immonen, I'm extremely curious to know how you determine the overall page composition. There are some classical rules how to properly compose single illustration but making the whole page filled with panels looking good seems to be much more complicated. I'm totally in love with your sequentials and I wonder if you could share any advice.

Thank you for your question and for your kind words.

At this point, I— to plagiarise a crazy old wizard— mostly act on instinct. There is no one right way to compose a panel or a page; I let the story inform the choice. The decision-making process, as I said yesterday, happens very quickly for me. These FEAR ITSELF thumbnails are more than the usual amount of work when I “prepare.”

For a joke with a punchline, it might work best to have a series of identical panels; For a single scene with regular beats, a uniform grid; the page might build to a crescendo; it might start with a bang; some overlapping elements can be interesting; a panel without a background can be arresting; non-rectilinear panels can be exciting; you might need to leave room for exposition.

The story knows. Listen to it.

-Stuart

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2 days ago
Anonymous said: Mr. Immonen, did you ever have any thoughts of self doubt when you were trying to become a comic book artist?

Not only at the beginning of my career, but on an ongoing basis, I’m afraid. I understand it’s quite common, but that doesn’t make it easier. Please see this post and this one for more.

-Stuart

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2 days ago
Anonymous said: Stuart, how much structure drawing do you do? Do the images just "fall out of the pencil", or do you do a lot of draw-erase-clarify-erase-swear profusely-draw? Adding to that, do you have a clear vision of the image before putting pencil to paper, and you are "tracing" that thought, or does the image evolve organically?

I build from a “skeleton” in a fairly typical way. This post from the archive approximates the process. There are others.

Nothing falls out. The other thing.

Usually, the thumbnail sketch has all the elements in place and takes about a minute to conceive. The rest of the day is spent trying not to cock it up completely at full size. I don’t think too hard about how I get there.

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2 days ago
Anonymous said: I feel awkward asking this but I know Stuart doesn't look at any other current comics (I'm guessing Kathryn has to as part of her Marvel research), but with all the new talent emerging in Image books & elsewhere as well as colorists experimenting in new books, does he not think that by not visiting the comic shop he's missing out on some enjoyable and maybe inspirational work?

It’s a fair question; here’s my answer. I suppose that, by definition, not encountering something means one misses out on that thing. However, I look at other people’s work as a matter of course during the workday, and examine it critically, since looking carefully is part of my job, but this is not the same as reading for pleasure, which in my case, since I spend 6-10 hours a day immersed in comics, takes other forms. As for inspiration, I have never looked to comics exclusively to call up the muse, and indeed, find that looking elsewhere is often more beneficial anyway. Telling a story with pictures is mostly about problem-solving; regardless of the quality and quantity of the work of my peers, I need to know how I need to solve those problems, not how someone else did.

- Stuart

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2 days ago
comicartistevolution said: What does the title "Russian Olive To Red King" mean? Do you know when it will hit the stands? Can you reveal what S.I.N. stands for? How long is Stuart on Captain America?

1. Olive and Red are the two main characters. It’s kind of a love letter. We are currently in the throes of nailing down publishing details and it’s looking like mid-2015

2. Stalin Is Next.

3. I have no plans to leave, Tom says he has no plans to fire me.

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3 days ago

The ask box is open

for the next 48 hours or so. http://immonen.ca/ask 

And just to pre-empt usual:

1. Yes, that rain is trying to turn into snow.

2. The dog pooped twice this morning.

3. No, pheasants are not the same as grouse.

4. 1 tablespoon per 1 cup of water.

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3 days ago
EIN LANDARZT: KLEINE ERZÄHLUNGEN 004
FRANZ KAFKA 

EIN LANDARZT: KLEINE ERZÄHLUNGEN 004

FRANZ KAFKA 

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3 days ago
you’re going to need a bigger binder clip

you’re going to need a bigger binder clip

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4 days ago

All-New Captain America #1 Preview

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5 days ago

Copyright exception for political ads mulled by Conservatives

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6 days ago
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