Interview with Illustrator Mike Medaglia
- Tell us a bit about yourself, and what you do?
I am a comics artist and illustrator. I have one book called 'Seasons’ published by Avery Hill Publishing and am currently working on a regular web comic called 'Last Days of Nobodies' that I update every other Wednesday. In 2013 I edited the comics anthology 'Wu Wei' that aimed to explore spirituality through the medium of comics.
- What’s your background in Illustration? When did you realise you wanted to be an artist?
I have always drawn, since I was really young, mostly drawing in the margins of school books and that sort of thing, but despite all my attempts I was terrible. It was only around the age of 22 that I started to give it a real effort. I studied theatre at University, but only after, when I had travelled and taken some time to contemplate what I wanted to do with my life, did I start giving drawing a real push. Then it was years of work before I began to feel even slightly confident with my work. But I guess that struggle is on-going.
- What materials do you use most in your work?
I have two styles for drawing. Either in blue pencil and then I ink over that. Or else I use pencil completely. Both are done on Bristol Board (a smooth, heavy-weight card). From there I scan in the work and colour it all digitally using Photoshop.
- Who are the biggest influences on your work?
Since I’m so inspired by comics, most of my inspiration comes from different comics artists. I think overall I look to Osamu Tezuka for page layouts, Jason for tone and then Chris Ware for everything else! Recently the art of Jillian Tamaki has really inspired me and I am trying to loosen my line work in hopes of slightly emulating her.
- Can you tell us more about your series “Meditations Illustrated”?
Well, Meditations Illustrated is a weekly blog that I do where I adapt a quote or aphorism from a famous writer or spiritual practitioner into a full page illustration. It’s a great chance for me to develop my craft with standalone images while also spreading words of wisdom into the world. Even though I post it online it could just be a personal project as I choose quotes that really mean something to me.
- What’s the relationship between spirituality and your work?
Since spirituality is such a big part of who I am, it has naturally become a big part of my work. Sometimes it affects the content, like in Meditations Illustrated, or else it is part of the process of creating it. When I draw I can often become quite meditative and just let my hand draw what it will. Sometimes you can get a really nice effect but other times it's total rubbish! So it’s not a perfect science!
Thanks, Mike! You can follow Mike Medaglia's work online at:
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