Awhile back, at Rose City Comic Con, I had the pleasure of sitting in on a few Panels featuring Dustin Nguyen. I honestly didn’t know much about the Lil’ Gotham artist, but found him very engaging. I walked over to his booth afterwards and did my best to genuinely demonstrate appreciation and show him my portfolio. He graciously look through it, made some thoughtful comments, and pointed me in the direction of a Marvel editor. I bought a sketchbook, which I have next to my drawing board at the ready any time I need a little inspiration, and shuffled off to the editor’s booth.
The editor browsed through the portfolio with a mixed reaction, gave me his card and told me to email him next week to which he’d reply to me with some scripts to sample and pencil a sample from. I was pretty excited and followed through with my part.
I selected some pages from Captain America #17 written by Rick Remender and penciled by Nic Klein. I didn’t know it at the time, but most of the pages, if not all of them, I penciled are available to view on the interwebs. So, it’s a little amusing and surreal when looking at Mr. Klein and I’s work side by side. The choices of panels are interesting in themselves. I wouldn’t say my work holds up that well.
I’m relatively new to drawing comic pages, mostly illustrating one full page to poster sized spaces. Penciling consistent looking characters was challenging, but surprisingly rendering smaller people and elements was the most difficult.
I haven’t heard back from Marvel for a few months, so I’m not holding out hope for a working gig anytime soon. I understand they’re busy and the comic art field is incredibly competitive. All in all, though, it’s was a good experience and I hope to make further inroads, when and wherever those occasions might present themselves.