FERGUSON’S 7 QUESTIONS WITH… ALAN HURLEY
This time on 7 questions we have an artist who made his comic book debut this year on Lady Babylon… Alan Hurley.
What was the first comic work you did that was published?
Lady Babylon issue 1.
What is the biggest thing you have learned since that book?
That was only a few months ago so I’m still learning and still have a lot to learn. But two major things i learned were 1- time management and 2- try out every idea for a page that you can think of if you have the time, and do it immediately. There were a few times that I was humming and hawing about what to put down on a page without ever putting anything down and all I did was waste a lot of time.
What’s your process for drawing a comic book?
I read the script a few times and then gather my reference pics and assemble any mixed media I think I might use. A finished comic page will be a mixture of different individual paintings, drawings and collage. I’ll do separate paintings or drawings, scan them into a computer and assemble them into one page using photoshop. I’ll then print out that page in a3 and add collage. That’s how I do it at the moment, it will probably change the more experienced I get.
What is the biggest influence on your work?
All the painters and mixed media artists. Dave Mack, Dave McKean, Bill Sienkiewicz as well as Marion Bolognesi, Silvia Pelisserro, Van Gogh and Monet.
What are you working on right now?
The Lady Babylon series with Darrin O’Toole as well as a short story with Emmet O’Brien on an anthology called “I’m Awake, I’m Alive“.
What do you have out now or coming out next?
I should be finished Lady Babylon issue 2 by the end of the month so that’ll be released soon after. “I’m Awake, I’m Alive” will be out soon after.
What is your favourite Irish comic?
Glimmer Man. I especially love all the Atomic Diner stuff.