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New! Draw Me In Version 3.0!

February 18, 2009


Welcome to Draw Me In version 3.0!

It seems every year I end up changing this site's face. This change however came out of necessity. This change is still "under construction", so look for changes soon.

I can still be reached at drawmein@gmail.com!

Thanks for visiting.
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DMI Interview - Jamal Igle

February 16, 2009

DrawMeIn: Have you ever been asked before to draw someone in (other than I)? How do you respond to this? How about when I asked?


Jamal Igle: Well, i usually use people I know as modes for certain characters but yours was the first fan request. It's always a challenge for me to figure out how to use a likeness. It wasn't that I wasn't willing to put you in a book, it was trying to find a part for you.

DMI: What are some of the coolest/weirdest things you've snuck into a comic, "Easter eggs" if you will?

Jamal: Not Easter Eggs so much but for most of my books I always manage to sneak the license plate"IG884E".

DMI: How are your convention experiences normally? More specifically with the fans? Have any recent stories to tell?

Jamal: They're usually really good. the fans are friendly and I enjoy talking to them, seeing what they like and don't like. I don't know if I have any fan specific stories of late.

DMI: Lastly, how cool is it to work from home and to draw comic books? How much time do you devote in a days work? What time of day do you prefer to work? How easy is it to get distracted?

Jamal: It's very cool, I've been doing it for a very long time now. I usually end up working anywhere between 8 and 16 hours depending on what has to be done that day. I work all hours though from about 10 am to 4 am. Night time is great because my wife and baby are asleep, no one's calling on the phone and I can just draw uninterrupted. I don't get distracted usually but I do have to take breaks to keep for straining myself. At the same time because I can become extremely focused on my work I forget to eat sometimes.

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DMI Interview - Riley Rossmo

DrawMeIn: Have you ever been asked before to draw someone in (other than I)? How do you respond to this? How about when I asked?

Riley Rossmo: You're the first, in an upcoming issue there's another a kind of thank you [Proof #16, a fan tribute issue], I don't mind much its just a bit of a pain to get a likeness, more work to get it just right.

DMI: What are some of the coolest/weirdest things you've snuck into a comic, "Easter eggs" if you will?

Riley: In issue one of Proof, there's a ton of pop cultural ones in the lodge library, same in issue two in Leandre's office, and in issue 13 in the library again, I name stuff in the books after friends andfamily, shirt logos and stuff.


DMI: How are your convention experiences normally? More specifically with the fans? Have any recent stories to tell?


Riley: Usually pretty cool, I like when people have strange requests, I did a Caspar the friendly ghost once, a Robocop on a unicorn, and a crayon piece. Nothing terribly exciting but I'm new so...



DMI: Lastly, how cool is it to work from home and to draw comic books? How much time do you devote in a days work? What time of day do you prefer to work? How easy is it to get distracted?


Riley: I love working at home I watch a movie or two in the morning, draw for 3-4 hrs. Eat lunch go fora run/jog, do some errands if I have to, play some video games maybe, read then after dinner workfor another 3-4 hrs something like that the best part is I set my schedule I want to play Call of Duty all morning I can as long as put the time in somewhere, or read comics all morning, actually I usually start the day with a cup of coffee and 2-3 comics, it gets me thinking sequentially. If your working on a hard section its really easy to get distracted, plus I'll be drawing away and I'll get a call to do an illustration for a magazine that'll totally derail my thought process.

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DMI Interview - Jason Howard

DMI: Have you ever been asked before to draw someone in (other than I)?


Jason Howard: Not that I recall. Well, actually I have a had a couple family members/friends ask but not usually in a serious way. The butler character Dunford in Wolf-Man is named after a friend of mine, so now other friends who know him will give me a hard time and ask to be put in the book somehow. But usually all I do is use family/friends as models for face types. I don't really try to capture their likeness too strongly but will use them as a starting place for the character design.


DMI: How do you respond to this?


Jason: I am usually open to it, as long as there is a good spot for it. I am not going to force something in that doesn't work. Of course if lots of people asked then it would get to be a hassle and I would probably just say no...


DMI: What are some of the coolest/weirdest things you've snuck into a comic, "Easter eggs" if you will?


Jason: I will sometimes put the name of the company that my brother works for on buildings (A-1 Mechanical), this is most notable in issue 7. I also drew Robert and myself into an issue. I am sure there are other things, but nothing comes to mind.


DMI: How are your convention experiences normally? More specifically with the fans? Have any recent stories to tell?


Jason: They are usually a fun time. Sometimes they are a lot of work if I am doing commissions, but I have no super exciting stories. It is a good time to see friends (both fan and pro) who I only get to see once or twice a year.


DMI: Lastly, how cool is it to work from home and to draw comic books?


Jason: I worked an office job for many years and I didn't mind that environment, but I have to say that working from home is pretty cool.


DMI: How much time do you devote in a days work?


Jason: Too much. On a good day I work 8 am to 5 pm. But it is not uncommon for me to put in more hours in the evening after the kids go to bed. What time of day do I prefer to work? I am usually most creative first thing in the morning.


DMI: How easy is it to get distracted?


Jason: I don't really have problem with this, I am pretty disciplined and I tend to have the opposite problem of not taking a break when I probably should.

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DMI Interview - Freddie Williams II

DrawMeIn: Have you ever been asked before to draw someone in (other than I)? (Although I know you have, in the very issue I am) How do you respond to this?

Freddie Williams II: I usually say if I can add any extra in the background I will try to fit them in.

DMI: How about when I asked?

Freddie: To you, I thought it was a cool idea and since in the past only people who know me have been put in. I thought it was a bit different to see someone going around with flyers trying to get drawn in.




DMI: What are some of the coolest/weirdest things you've snuck into a comic, "Easter eggs" if you will?


Freddie: First page Aquaman #39 – I am sitting in the passenger side of the sub (I drew myself in)

Robin #163 pg. 5 – One of the streets signs is named after my wife’s Best friend- whose last name is Rodgers

Robin #161 Pg. 8 – behind Robin as he is swinging in the background is the Comic Geek Speak Logo

Robin #161 Pg. 21 – where the bad guys are dissolving on the floor in the far left side is a caution wet floor sign I stuck because I thought it was funny.

DMI: How are your convention experiences normally? More specifically with the fans? Have any recent stories to tell?

Freddie: We’ve always really enjoyed ourselves, the cons themselves are a blast most of the time it’s the paperwork end and dealing with the people in charge that can be a hassle. But we really enjoy seeing all the people in costume. We saw some of the cutest Robins in San Diego on a couple Kids. We got a couple pictures of them because they were just too adorable.

DMI: Lastly, how cool is it to work from home and to draw comic books?

Freddie: It’s really cool, a dream come true for me, so even though its hard work and at times came be an endless stream of work I love it and wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.

DMI: How much time do you devote in a days work?

Freddie: My usual work hours consist of 12 – 15 hours a day, with very little exceptions.

DMI: What time of day do you prefer to work?

Freddie: I’m more of a night owl, so I work late. I usually don’t get to bed till 2 or 3 am and sleep till about 8 or 9am. That’s my typical day. How easy is it to get distracted?
I usually don’t get to distracted – I can stay focused on what I am doing. I try to avoid games/ movies I haven’t seen so I won’t get caught up in them. I usually listen to music or youtube stuff while working. So I work and learn at the same time. My wife does pretty much everything else around the house, and dealing with errands so I can focus on drawing and not much else.

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DMI Interview - Charlie Adlard

DrawMeIn: Have you ever been asked before to draw someone in (other than I)? How do you respond to this? How about when I asked?

Charle Adlard: I don't get asked very often, to be honest. I used to put friends names on the Judges badges in the Dredd strips I used to draw in 2000AD - but that's about it.I don't mind drawing in people at all - in fact, it saves me thinking up invented faces all the time!

DMI: What are some of the coolest/weirdest things you've snuck into a comic, "Easter eggs" if you will?

Charlie: The only comic I can think of I did something like that in, was my issue of Muties [#5, I think?] for Marvel. In the opening splash page, all the bands that I was currently listening too were on posters on the wall... I did the same thing in the rehearsal room scene in Rock Bottom for AiT/Planet Lar, now I come to think of it...

DMI: How are your convention experiences normally? More specifically with the fans? Have any recent stories to tell?

Charlie: Life must sound really boring... because I have no really great con stories to tell... not with the fans anyhow. Most of them are just really great, appreciative people... like yourself :-)I had a very drunk Karaoke experience at this April's NYC show... but THAT'S another story, not involving fans...

DMI: Lastly, how cool is it to work from home and to draw comic books? How much time do you devote in a days work? What time of day do you prefer to work? How easy is it to get distracted?

Charlie: It's very cool - how can it NOT be?

I have a wife and two kids, so I work a normal 9 - 5 day, Monday to Friday... just like a day at the office. Mind you - I used to do that before family life - I've always been pretty focused. Actually, even though the computer is a great work tool and contributes a LOT to my job nowadays, it's the only thing in the studio that now also distracts me! Curse e-mail and the internet...

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