Veronica Hebard is an illustrator and comic book artist based in Boston, Massachusetts. Her illustrations exert a really engaging effervescent quality that demonstrate the benefit of using colours that go a step further.
Veronica studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.
She started illustrating while at college: ‘I was lucky enough to get a few jobs with the guidance of the faculty. After graduating, I realized the things that made me the most nervous: cold calling (!) would be totally necessary to keep getting work’.
A frequent hurdle for illustrators is in compiling a portfolio of work that is consistent and of a style that can be recognized as theirs.
‘I kept feeling like my portfolio wasn’t unified enough. I enjoyed doing so many things (comics, fashion illustration, gallery shows) that sometimes looked like the art didn’t come from the same person. So I tried to focus my images and process a bit more, but still end up doing comics, fashion illustration and gallery shows!’
When painting, Veronica normally works on either wood or heavy paper. ‘I draw the image with a red or blue pencil, and put down a very bright layer of acrylic paint, which is a lot more saturated and candy-colored than oils. When it dries, I layer that with gloss and start the oil painting. After that dries, I seal the image again, and pull out fine details with colored pencils. I like switching between spontaneous brush strokes and the technical stuff.
I am always intrigued to find out how illustrators and artists get good at drawing the human form. I asked her what led to her skill in drawing human shapes:
‘At the School of Visual Arts, my foundation year was spent with this amazing figure drawing teacher, Andy Gerndt, who totally whipped us into shape. We drew the model 5 hours a day, every day for the school year. It was labor intensive, but excellent!’
ⓒ Veronica Hebard, 2009
Veronica is currently working on 2 covers for a pair of graphic novels called “Harker: Legend of Dracula”. ‘It’s a great version of the classic that takes you into Jonathan Harker’s point of view, but as if he was the only one who can see the vampires’.
She’s also working on a new set of paintings based on French folklore and the Black Plague, which we look forward to. Her partner, Andy Fish is also a talented illustrator, whose work is well worth looking at.
Thanks and good luck, Veronica!
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