Do you keep a sketchbook? What do you fill it up with?
Yes I do, it tends to be sketches of articulated creatures. Sometimes it is just doodles in paint to get the brain moving. The articulated creatures are the main thing I have been compelled to make. I always feel I am not a very perfect drawer, so in the beginning I guess it helped me get over the fear that I can’t draw (after pursuing photography and photographic etching, anything not to paint or draw). Making a piece here and a piece there, putting them together and getting this creature that could be crazy, might be out of proportion or might be fine. I am over my fear of drawing now 14 odd years down the track since I picked up the pencil again. I like making the completely crazy creatures, but make more people happy making animals they recognise, with a twist.
Do you have a sweet studio setup or do you draw on the kitchen table?
I have a stand-up desk that is permanently covered a bit like a hoarders hovel. So working tends to happen on “the table” I get annoyed and clean the desk up occasionally, and work there for about 3 weeks before it turns ugly again. I decided to share it with my son, serves me right.
Tell me about your favourite pen. Or brush. Or pencil.
I like brushes. I have three favourites. But I used to love my dagger paintbrush the most, before I ruined it. Thin lines, thick lines. Should pull the new one out and use it.
What’s a good comic/book you’ve read recently?
Can We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast and Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli. I get little Ord offerings too occasionally. I love them, but I am biased as I have known her well and fleetingly for a long time.
Do you have any plans for the comic you’re going to make?
I do. I have started. It is usual Emma stuff, it is getting too complicated, perhaps. I have to talk myself down a bit I think, or it will never be done. It is all flat drawings that then evolve into the articulated creature birds and fish with flat drawing dispersed within it as the story goes along.