Hi! I've been a longtime sort've lurking fan for a while-- I know you've probably received this question before, but I did some looking and wasn't able to find an answer. I'm sorry if it's repetitive, but I love what you do with Disney characters and the whole cartooning art form-- It's a bit of a pipe dream of mine to get into that business, someday, but what does one need to do to be qualified, or considered qualified, to do so? Thank you so much for your time and all your work!
Okay, I think it’s time for a public answer, as I get this question a lot too.
There is really no ‘qualification’ to draw comics and illustrations other than perseverance, practice and a bit of good old-fashioned luck. I never went to art school, but I got very valuable experience working for Disney as an inbetweener. That was an in-house trainee position that unfortunately no longer exists. Some of my work comes from friends and colleagues in comics & animation who recommend me, other times clients have approached me purely because they saw my art online.
Comics & animation are very tough to break into, because there ARE a lot of us out there already vying for the work. That is where luck, professionalism and forging good relationships with editors, ADs and other creators can only help.
Bottom line - don’t think following another creator’s exact path will get you to where they are. Everyone has their own unique style and path to take, but it takes time, patience and yes, luck. There is no magical skill combination that will bring you ‘the dream job’. If your art is good and you keep putting it where it will be seen, the right people will notice.
Draw what you love, play up your strengths and make time to improve weaknesses. If they’re doing it right, a creator never stops learning.
Hello! :D Do you think that you would ever put all your rocket princess cartoons into a book and publish it? If so, I WOULD TOTALLY BUY IT. I'm not kidding. I would probably give it to all my friends for birthdays and Christmas and OH MY GOD please one day publish them in a book! I am LITERALLY ROCKET PRINCESSES BIGGEST FAN! :D <3 I LURVEEEEEE YOUR WORK! Its so spectacualr! :D
I get this question a lot and here is the iron-clad answer: Pocket Princesses stars characters owned by Disney, so under copyright law I have no right to profit from them. Only Disney and their official licensees have the right to sell Disney stuff and I am not one of them. So no, there will not be books or tees or anything with PP on them unless Disney officially want to do it in some way. They know where to find me ;)
Pocket princesses is free fan entertainment only. No selling allowed.
Hi, the Baltimore Comic Con is coming up this week and when I look at the page your name was on it. I don't know if I missed it but are you doing commissions for the Con? I love your work and I would really like to get something done for a friend of mine. Thanks, Stacy
I’m sorry, my name shouldn’t be there. James & I had to withdraw from Baltimore, they obviously forgot to remove our names from listings. We will definitely be at New York comic con in OCt, though. I’m sorry for the confusion.