Currently illustrating Stormwatch PHD for DC/Wildstorm, Andy Smith has been a comicbook artist for over 15 years and worked for many publishers including Marvel, Acclaim, Image, and CrossGen Entertainment -- where not only was he the artist on their monthly title The First, but also an Assistant Art-director. Recently, Andy has worked on 52 and World War 3 for DC Comics, and spent a year emerged in the barbarian world of Dynamite's Claw and Red Sonja/Claw. A veteran go-to guy for editors industry-wide, Andy has illustrated such diverse titles as Hawkman, Green Lantern, Negation, X-O Man-o-War, Aquaman, Spider-Man, Blade, Generation X, and his creator owned Firstman book -- and that's just to name a few. Andy is also the author of the best selling “Drawing Dynamic Comics” published in 2000 by Watson-Guptill. The book is now in it’s seventh printing. Look for Andy’s second drawing book “Drawing American Manga Superheroes” to be published in July 2007.
By Andy Smith
The Studio, or as I like to say the room the magic happens in. My studio is a spare room in the house which is about 12x12. Not huge, but not too small, and just right for me. I used to have a really large table but it just took up too much space and I didn't use half of it. I now have a smaller table that I framed with 2x4's , put a few lights inside, and covered with a sheet of frosted plexiglass for my light table. In front of my desk are my templates and on the shelf above them are reference books for whatever job I'm currently working on. I'm too lazy to have to keep getting up and down to go to a book shelf to get them. Once a job is done I'll put them away and start over gathering new reference for the next one.
I've got a window that looks out the front of my house to my right. I have to be able to look out doors or I feel to claustrophobic when I'm working. On my left is my taboret with my art supplies. There are also some toys mixed around my desk as well. One of the best buys I ever made was a model of a life size skull with a working jaw, I bought it about 15 years ago now. On the bottom shelf of my taboret are some of my favorite drawing books that I look through now and then for inspiration and for when I forget something, hey I'm human! The shelf above my taboret holds paper to work on, paper clips and a life size hand that can be moved into all different positions. It's actually kind of creepy because it feels very real. And behind me but in arms reach is my good old comic book spin rack. I wanted one of those since I was a kid and back about 5 years I found a wholesale rack distributor online that sold them new so I got me one!
This photo was taken from my drawing desk. On the right of the photo you can see a bookcase which is mostly trade paperbacks. On the back wall are a book case filled with some trades but mostly art books. On top is my set of Tarzan novels with the Neal Adams painted covers -- love those things! Next to that is a shelf with some of my statues and die-cast cars. I've always dug the Mach 5 so when that puppy came out I pounced on it like Chim Chim! That door leads into a large walk in closet which holds my comic collection and other junk.
Moving the camera up a bit you can see that I have some more statues and stuff along shelving I put on the walls. I really like the animated style so I got the whole JLA set that came out a few years back. It's hard to see but next to the Miracle Man statue on the first shelf is a near-mint copy of Green Lantern/Green Arrow #76, Neal Adams' first issue. Hanging framed on the wall to the write of it is a copy of Flash Comics #71. It was published in 1946 and has a cover with Hawkman on it by Joe Kubert along with a Hawkman story by Joe on the inside. It's my favorite golden age Hawkman story by Joe, and he was only 17 when he did it!
Lastly this is the wall to the right of my desk. The lounge area if you will. My futon is more of a dumping ground than a place to sit, or my dog will sleep there most of the day while I'm working. Got my little tv tucked up in the corner out of the way. It's perfect size for this room. On top of the TV is a Bose radio -- love it! Yup, another books shelf with mostly art books and some reference books. More toys on top as well. Above the futon is the Alpha Flight poster from 1983. I had it in my bedroom as a kid and lost it many, many years ago. I found this one on-line a few years back and snapped it up. And one more shelf with statues.
I didn't take any pics of my computer stuff in the other room because quite frankly it's pretty boring. A standard computer table, nothing fancy, with a full size flatbed scanner and a separate color printer, that's it, no biggie. I use it for coloring in Photoshop every now and then. More often though I use it to scan pages before I send them out.
Hope you enjoyed the tour of the pad!
Thanks very much, Andy!
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- Joe Quesada
- Scott Kurtz
- Frank Cho
- Rick Remender
- Matt Haley
- Simone Bianchi
- Mark Waid
- Tony Moore
- Top Cow Studios
- David Lloyd
- Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon
- Mark Millar
- Mike Norton