Ferguson’s 7 Questions With… Joe Griffin
More Cork creators answering 7 questions this week. First up, we have an artist who worked on the Cork Horror Comic… Joe Griffin.
What was the first comic work you did that was published?
My first published work was The Tower Break (written by Sean Creagh) which was in The Cork Horror Comic last October.
What is the biggest thing you have learned since that book?
I think the biggest thing I’ve learned since then is to trust my gut a little bit more. When I was just getting started I was obsessively referencing pretty much everything on the page, which is great to a certain extent as it gives you a strong understanding of things like anatomy and action poses but it was maybe taking away any sense of expression from my work. Drawing comics is supposed to be fun! My style is much more stylised now and it feels more natural to me.
What’s your process for drawing a comic book?
First, I tend to scan the script really quickly and get an overall sense of the themes and main events and the just walk away from it for an hour or so to let it sink in. After this I’ll look at it in more detail and start making notes. Then I thumbnail out the comic and do some character design. I’ve started making the move to digital now so I tend to just jump straight into illustrating after that, laying down a loose blue line layer first and building up a more accurate illustration layer above it.
What is the biggest influence on your work?
I’m absolutely in love with Matt Fraction and David Ajas Hawkeye series – for me its a great example of innovative storytelling from both artist and writer. I’m also really getting into artists whose work is a bit more stylised – Noelle Stevenson, Kyle T. Webster and Rob Guillory.
What are you working on right now?
I’m currently working on a webcomic called “Cosy on the Blink” written by Emmet O’Brien, its got an exploding dog in it, which is nice. I’m also doing a smattering of tasks for the Cork Sci-Fi comic coming out on April 24th and for Turncoat Press’ new book (mostly lettering and inside-cover art on both of those).
What do you have out now or coming out next?
I’ll be working on some more webcomics over the next three months, I’ll be doing a new story for The Adventures of Howard Hughes which is a webcomic I do. It’s taken me ages to get around to doing a new story for it but I love writing the character so it’s well overdue.
What is your favourite Irish comic?
Celtic Warrior by Will Sliney and Half Past Danger by Stephen Mooney would be my two favourites, both are outstanding works. I’ll give the nod to Celtic Warrior for the reference to Michael Collins on the last few pages (being a Clonakilty man!).
The Adventures of Howard Hughes webcomic: http://theadventuresofhowardhughes.thecomicseries.com/comics/first
The Cork Horror Comic: http://www.turncoatpress.com/articles/2014/11/08/the-cork-horror-comic-download