Τετάρτη, 27 Νοεμβρίου 2013

Five sweet questions for this month's sensation, Martin Hand!

Earlier this month, we told you about Martin Hand and his project to make a drawing a day for November.
I was lucky enough to find out, that his great talent matches his beautiful personality! Comics in Greece talked to Mr. Hand and brings you a warm and true confession straight out of his heart...
See for yourselves!

Comics in Greece:
Why have you decided to make one drawing a day for November? What inspired you?

Martin Hand:
My friend LEE KENNEDY linked to the SkADaMo 2013 challenge on her blog. I hadn't heard of it before but it's been going for a few years and seemed like it might be an interesting thing to do. I normally do one or two dodgy drawings a week for my own amusement (& that of a few friends) so it meant quadrupling my output...
Here's a link to lee kennedy's blog, including her SkADaMo 2013 drawings
 
& a link to to the SkADaMo 2013 website
 
Overall, it's not been too bad - earlier this year i did 70 sponsored dodgy drawings for RED NOSE DAY, raising £660 for the COMIC RELIEF charity in the process (thanks to the generosity of my sponsors, of course!) - & that was really quite intense in comparison.
Here's a link to my dodgy drawings for red nose day
 
Comics in Greece:  
Do you plan to collect all your drawings in a book? Maybe make a kickstarter campaign? 
 
Martin Hand:  
I don't think so... Anybody who wants to see them can just look on the internet! Why would they want to buy a book? Another consideration is that physically publishing them could get me in trouble with the various copyright holders and also, due to financial necessity, i draw on a cheapo economy tablet PC that makes only low-resolution copies, not suitable for publication.
 
Comics in Greece:  
Which artists do you admire? What are your inspirations? 
 
Martin Hand:
JACK KIRBY is my favourite comics creator of all time & to varying degrees i love (nearly) all the work of the 1960s & 70s Marvel comics bullpen.
MICK McMAHON, HUGO PRATT, JIM APARO & ERNIE BUSHMILLER are four other artists I really admire & i would love to draw like any of them, but I don't think you can see their influence in any of my work. (unfortunately!)
Regarding the dodgy drawings specifically, JONATHAN EDWARDS recently did a series of superhero abstracts that i found quite inspirational!
 
By the way, only some of my dodgy drawing are swipes or copies from comics. The others just come straight out of my head! And when I swipe anything I'M VERY CAREFUL TO ALWAYS CREDIT THE ORIGINAL ARTIST(S)!
 
Comics in Greece:  
Where do you find the phrases that you use in your drawings? 
 
Martin Hand:
If in doubt, my first port of call for inspiration is usually the lyrics of MORRISSEY/THE SMITHS, but they can really come from anywhere: songs heard on the radio, quotations or bits & pieces I hear on telly or read in a newspaper, suggestions from friends - or just things i remember/misremember!
I've always liked the combination of comics & music, so i suppose it's my way of putting them together. One of my earliest fanzine efforts involved combining some lyrics from SPELLBOUND by SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES with some panels from SPIDER-MAN by STEVE DITKO... (I've just realised this was over 30 years ago - i'm extremely elderly!)
 
Comics in Greece:  
Have you considered working with a writer? Make a comic book or something like that? 
 
Martin Hand:
Well, in a way I already work with writers (lyricists) and I get to cherry pick their best bits! A whole comic seems like an awful lot of work, but maybe a short strip might not be out of the question... I 'm waiting for my children (Katie, age 4 & Michael, who's nearly 2) to come up with some ideas for me...! :)
(I used to do small press comics in the 1980s/90s & as far as i can recall, the longest thing i ever managed to write & draw was 15 pages long.)
 
 
FURTHER READING:
 
my SkADaMo 2013 drawings (so far)
 
my livejournal/blog - featuring misc other drawings & other stuff
 
my twitter
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 



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