Welcome to our fourth edition of Artist Spotlight. This week’s Artist is Jim Kyle!
Q: Who are you and what do you do?
A: My name’s Jim Kyle. I am a professional freelance illustrator working in the comic book and trading card field.
Q: How do you work? (Tools of the trade, etc)
A: That depends on the subject matter. When I’m doing traditional comic work I normally use a mechanical pencil with a 2H to 4H lead. When I ink, I go with Rapidographs, bruch pens, brushes, dip pens, and Microns.
When I do my fully painted stuff, portrait work and fantasy art, I use Copic and Berol Prismacolor markers, acrylic paints, watercolors, and color pencil.
Q: How did you get your start?
A: I started out as an erotic artist when I was 17. I was always into comics and sci fi so it was natural that I start working in that field at some point. My first work in comics was a book called Black Ride for an indie company called Deadwood Press back in the 90’s. After working in the comics field for various publications, I found my self a chance to get into the trading card field. My first work, or works, was for Rittenhouse Archives doing a card set called Complete Avengers. At the same time Topps called me to do work for a card set they were producing for the Lord of the Rings franchise entitled, Lord of the Rings Masterpieces. After working in the trading card field since 2006 I got back into comics working for Moonstone on a book entitled Cheerleaders vs. Zombies. I supplied the pencils and inks for that.
Q: What styles of art do you most identify with (please feel free to include other artist’s names, or other inspirations, etc.)
A: I’m all over the place with that actually. I’m inspired by fantasy art to comic art to film. Most notably Paolo E. Serpieri, Drew Struzan, Travis Charest, H.R. Giger, Ridley Scott, and James Cameron.
Q: What kind of artwork do you most enjoy doing/creating?
A: I like doing the painted portrait stuff, but I love the action and the ability to tell a story with the comic based work.
Q: What projects have you worked on in the past?
A: Tons…lol. I’ve worked on everything from Marvel and DC comics to Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, to Walking Dead, and The Wizard of Oz. You name it and I’ve probably put my stamp on it somewhere.
Q: What is your Dream Project? (if you have one)
A: I think that would be to see an idea that I had come to fruition and be successful in the world of comics.
In terms of something in particular? As far as working on a licensed product goes? I already worked on my dream project…. Star Wars.
Q: What do you like about the art world?
A: What I enjoy about the art world is the fact that you have tons of different artists, styles and personalities wrapped in one giant box. The art industry just has so much to look at and take in it’s mind blowing at times. There’s something for everyone.
Q: What do you DISlike about the art world?
A: Dishonesty and the fact that there are artists in the business who enjoy making things harder for others. I know it’s a business, but, if there was less dog eat dog mentality the industry would be a much better place.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve been given professionally?
A: Never give up and always strive to achieve success. Practice every day and do art because you love it. Once you don’t love it anymore it becomes just like any other job, then it’s not worth doing.
Q: What is your goal, professionally?
A: To be the best artist I can be. To put smiles on people’s faces.
Q: What wouldn’t you do without, and why? (could be art supplies, or anything else you wish)
A: I wouldn’t do without my Ipad…. It’s become an essential artistic tool for me.
Q: Are you open for commissions, and if so, how can people contact you?
Q: What super power(s) would you like to have, and why? (could be more than one)
A: Speed….there isn’t enough time in a day to get all this work done and meet deadlines…lol.
If you would like to learn more about Jim , see more of his work, commission him – or anything else in between… his contact info is listed below! 🙂 Thanks for reading, and Thanks Jim, for being our Fourth Artist Spotlight! 🙂
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