I’m back from a week long holiday in Sicily and I thought there no better way than to kick-start things with an interview with comic artist Mark Simpson, also known as Jock.
From South Devon in England, Jock is known for his work for 2000AD and Judge Dredd magazines, the DC Vertigo series ‘The Losers’ and cover work for Batman and Detective comics, including working on artwork for the recent Batman Begins film.
What kind of training did you go through to achieve your level of skill?
I had no formal training really. I did a one year foundation course at art college, but the rest was long self taught hours. Art college wasn’t very supportive of comic art particularly, and I was very interested in that, so i didn’t go down very well with the tutors at the time.
Can you describe your work process including the tools and equipment you use?
Pen and ink, acrylics, paint, board, scanned in paint/mess, Photoshop, pencils, Micro Correct , Copic markers .
© Jock, 2009
Jock shares an attic room with DC comic artist Lee Garbett. ‘It’s very long and thin and he occupies one end while I’m at the other. It’s great sharing with someone - to have Lee to bounce ideas off has been really helpful’.
What are you working on/planning to work on in the future for your illustrations?
I’m just finishing colour revisions on a 124 page Hellblazer hardback graphic novel, entitled Pandemonium. It’s written by Jamie Delano , the original scribe of the Hellblazer series. all art, cover and colours by myself. It’s due out in January 2010 from DC/Vertigo. I’m also doing some in game art for EA Games, concept art for a new adaptation on Dune for Paramount Pictures, drawing a skate deck for Zero skateboards and some t shirts for Jack Jones. I’m about to start on some X-Men for Marvel Comics with writer Jason Aaron, along with my normal cover duties on various DC titles. Keeping busy!
For some of Jock’s product artwork, go to Tinbot.
Good luck with it all, Jock!
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