Shuji Imai illustrations that accompanied the Final Fantasy articles in volumes 12, 14, and 16 of Nintendo Power. Imai (who is often confused with Katsuya Terada) was also the original illustrator of the Howard & Nester comics.
I went to SPX and harrassed various cartoonists to draw for me in my well-traveled sketchbook. Here’s what I came home with, courtesy of Simon Hanselmann, Kate Lacour, Eleanor Davis, Dominique Goblet, Yvan Alagbe, Noah Van Sciver, Aisha Franz, and Charles Burns.
My first time having the strange and interesting experience of having someone write a 4-page article about you???
Rob Clough wrote a detailed and thoughtful look at my “comics work” since 2008 in Study Group Magazine #3D. Rob didn’t interview me directly for the interview, so I had no idea what was written until I saw it in print at SPX!
Hi! Thanks for the kind words. In regards to improving ink work, I would say it depends on what type of line you’d like to achieve. Study the artists who’s linework you like and try to emulate them. I grew up obsessed with Dan DeCarlo and Xaime Hernandez’s method of drawing. Then I was getting into the more hatched drawing method of masters like Crumb and Moebius for inspiration. For a long time I felt I was simply copying how they draw. Ultimately it doesn’t matter because in the end it will still be your hand. Hopefully you’ll eventually formulate a way of drawing that will be satisfying.