Emma Kidd

Minicomic.club
Feb 23, 2018 · 3 min read

minicomic.club/2018

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mazzucchelli, Ord, Chast

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.

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You can see more of Emma’s work @benconservato on instagram or you can get some of her drawings and paper dolls on her etsy store

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Minicomic Club is an annual subscription series of Australian and New Zealand Cartoonists. Subscriptions are open for the 2018 season, you should go ahead and subscribe at minicomic.club/2018.

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