Artist Spotlight #6 – Matt Slay

Welcome to our sixth edition of Artist Spotlight.  This week’s Artist is Matt Slay!


Artist Matt Slay outside the Quick Stop

Q: Who are you and what do you do?

A: My name’s Matt Slay and I’ve been working exclusively in the creative fields for 3 years now. I’ve been shifting bewteen painting covers for comic books, trading cards, story boards, and advertising all finishing my Masters Degree. SOmewhere amidst all that, I’ve been signing books, filling commissions, and sketching for fans at conventions.



Q: How do you work? (Tools of the trade, etc)

A: I start just about everything with justa pencil, but I’m a watercolor painter primarily. On the other hand, by the end of a piece… just about everything I do could be considered “multi-media” I’ll use whatever I need to get the desired effect.



Joker – by Matt Slay

Q: How did you get your start?

A: I’ve always loved comic books and I’ve studied the craft accordingly, but it was actually the Boy Scouts that gave a start in publishing by having me design posters, t-shirts, and patches. A few of my designs were placed (and currently reside) in the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas…. which got me just enough attention to land me my first jobs in advertising and design.


Q: What styles of art do you most identify with (please feel free to include other artist’s names, or other inspirations, etc.)

A: Anything by Jae Lee, David Mack, Joe Jusko, Nelson Farro DeCastro, or N.C. Wyeth. Z.L. Feng is another influence of mine and he should be…. he was one of my teachers in college and the first to push me away from strictly commercial work and ecourage me back into comics where I was born.



Cobra Commander – by Matt Slay

Q: What kind of artwork do you most enjoy doing/creating?

A: Anything Sci-Fi with just a pinch of Horror. Sci-Fi rules… but it’s always better if it can be made to be a bit disturbing.


Q: What projects have you worked on in the past?

A: I have no idea how many commercials and ads, but I’ve done cover for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from IDW, Cover for Katy Perry’s comic from Blue Water Comics, Avengers Assemble! from Upper Deck, Avengers: the Movie trading cards, Marvel Premiere, Tarzan: 100th Anniversary Collection, Fatsa: Lord of Dragons


Q: What is your Dream Project? (if you have one)

A: The graphic novel I’ve written. I put together a 128 page screenplay that I’m currently reformatting as a graphic novel. It’s finished… and I’m hoping it will yeild me positive results in the coming year.



Beaker & Bunsen – by Matt Slay

Q: What do you like about the art world?

A: It’s never ending. Infinate in all directions.


Q: What do you DISlike about the art world?

A: It’s never ending. Infinate in all directions.


Q: What is the best advice you’ve been given professionally?

A: “Quit!” Every person who’s told me to has been forced to watch me succeed.



Q: What is your goal, professionally?

A: The story I’ve written is very much the only real goal I have. To me, everything leading up to it, and in response to it is what I’ve worked for.


TMNT IDW – by Matt Slay

Q: What wouldn’t you do without, and why? (could be art supplies, or anything else you wish)

A: My lucky pencil. I’ve had it since the 5th grade. I don’t care who does or doesn’t believe it… it’s been with me since the beginning and it’ll be with me at my end.


Q: Are you open for commissions, and if so, how can people contact you?

A: Absolutely. I can be contacted through either my facebook page, or through my deviant art


Q: What super power(s) would you like to have, and why? (could be more than one)

A: Only with the powers of The Beyonder will we finally get “Firefly” back.


If you would like to learn more about Matt , see more of his work, commission him – or anything else in between… his contact info is listed below! 🙂  Thanks for reading, and Thanks Matt, for being our Sixth Artist Spotlight! 🙂

Matt’s Contact Info:

Name: Matt Slay




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