Adam Atherton [oysterboy]
What is your specialty in illustration?
Is there a web address where we can see some of your work?
Have you completed formal art studies, or are you self-taught?
I am self taught.
What past or present day illustrators do you admire most?
Paul Pope is my biggest inspiration at the moment. Also the art and ambition of my friends keeps me motivated and inspired so I admire them as well.
How similar are your current drawings to those you did as a child?
My style now is much different but I still have the same focus and interest in interesting characters.
What was your favorite comic book as a child?
I grew up in a small town without any comic shops around so I was introduced to comics by Archie and the Riverdale gang and Alfred E. Newman. Anything I could get at the grocery store. Eventually they got Spiderman comics and the first storyline of that which I read was about Spiderman's clone, and he was called Scarlet Spider or something and wore a jean jacket with the sleeves ripped out... Then I moved up to Spawn.
Do you have a particular style, or does it vary a lot?
I think it is particular with a contrast of cartoon exaggeration and realism.
What is hardest to draw?
What type of music do you listen to while you work?
My default is Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, but anything that fits the tone of what I am drawing as well.
What new techniques have you been experimenting with lately?
Inking with brush. and also trying to learn more about colouring in photoshop as well as creating interesting lettering and balloons.
What part of your work do you do on paper and what part digitally?
I sketch and ink everything on paper and after scanning it into the computer I colour and add lettering.
What research do you do for your illustrations?
I search for images of the subject matter I'm drawing so that I can draw it convincingly.
Do you have any specific goals as an illustrator?
To create and own my own comic and to do it with as small a team of creators as possible. Right now I am doing fine with just myself.
What illustration web sites do you frequent?
What are you working on now?
A comic I created called Lily of the Valley about a teenage female serial killer in a small town who falls in love with an elusive night roaming albino boy.
What advice do you have for someone who likes to draw and would like to make a living from it?
Don't count on it. Draw as much as possible and do it because you love it and do it without expectations of success. Make creative goals but never make success itself a goal, let it be the reward.
Toronto - Canada