Happy New Year, everyone.

Happy New Year, everyone.

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Anonymous said: Stuart,You worked on the X-Men 50th Anniversary poster with Walt Simonson, David Lopez, Art Adams, Nick Bradshaw, Neal Adams, Phil Noto, Chris Bachalo, Whilce Portacio, Salvador Larroca, Joe Madureira, and Clay Mann. How did you accomplish this? It all looks so seamless. Brian

Editor Jeanine Schaefer organized the effort. I believe Chris Bachalo provided an interlocking sketch for the positions of the Sentinels in each quadrant and then the other artists built on their individual portion, adding the other characters. As each quadrant was completed, it was used as more specific reference where elements overlapping the borders were juxtaposed. Honestly, I just did what I was told to do.

Stuart

Anonymous said: Hi Stuart. I'm an artist in training, I am a great fan of yours and I am from Argentina. I wanted to know how long you spend a comic page. From the sketch to the finished product. Have attendees? Greetings and sorry for my English!

Hello and thank you.

I draw close to one page every day; sometimes it’s a little more and sometimes it’s a little less. I like to begin early and finish early, so my ideal working day runs from 7AM to 4PM. I rarely do much preparatory sketching. I do not have assistants. Your English is excellent— much better than my Spanish.

Stuart

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Anonymous said: For us (we?) fledgling artists, are there any particular exercises you could recommend, for say, composition, anatomy, lighting, etc.?

Just draw. Draw things in front of you, draw things that don’t exist. Draw whenever you can, and when you can’t, observe. You’re in a restaurant; how do people sit? How do they hold things? What shape are they? What do they wear? Is the light natural or artificial? How does it change what you see? You’re at the movies or you’re reading a comic; ask yourself the same questions, but understand that others are making decisions that govern what you see, by providing framing, or lighting, or costuming or casting. Is it better or worse than what you do? Why?

A comic artist will compose six or eight or ten drawings every day. You find out what works by doing, by looking and by asking why.

Stuart

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Snowy Owl and friend.

Snowy Owl and friend.

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#137: Sam Eidson reads comics, Zero Charisma, 2013.

#137: Sam Eidson reads comics, Zero Charisma, 2013.

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Anonymous said: Hello Stuart! Do you have any thoughts/feelings about your status as an influence on other artists, professional or inspiring? I recently listened to a Neal Adams interview where your name was on his short list of favorite artists. I want to add that you're my favorite also and when I need to make a point to students that I work with about dynamic storytelling, anatomy, composition and atmosphere I show them your work, so thank you, from us all.

Hello to you.

I can’t have thoughts or feelings concerning something about which I do not consider, ever. I mean, it’s very nice to receive praise, but what other people —- apart from the client— think has no serious bearing on choices I make or the way I draw. That’s crazy-making.

However, I appreciate hearing that you consider the work worthwhile enough to help emphasize technical issues. Thanks for letting me know.

juanpedrosen said: Hi Stuart I love how you render your pencils, How can i improve my pencil render skill? THANKS!!

Hello.

Thank you. Just keep drawing; it’ll happen. I find that a lot of young artists worry more about the finished quality of their work before they have sufficiently worried about the underpinning foundations. Concentrate on solid anatomy (not necessarily realistic-looking, but having what Roger Langridge calls Internal Consistency), rules of perspective, backgrounds and props. “Style” will come as a matter of course.

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christianconductlionhardt said: Stuart, any chance we'll get to see how you would draw the Kate Bishop Hawkeye? Over at CBR, Kelly Thompson mentioned wanting to see your rendition of the character and I am prone to agree. Can that happen?

Unless she appears in ALL-NEW X-MEN, this seems unlikely.

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