From Star Wars Day to Cartoonist Day, the perfect opportunity for me to put the spotlight on my brother for once. He's been drawing since - well - forever, making it pretty obvious for me who got dealt the biggest share of talent here ever since he grabbed a pencil for the first time. He's still perfecting his style, but has grown immensely thanks to the education in Animation he's currently attending at the Rits in Brussels. But - hey - let's just let him tell you all about his art, shall we?
Q: WHEN DID YOU FIRST CATCH THE BUG FOR DRAWING, AND HOW?
My love for drawing itself definitely started whenever we visited Granddad. I can specifically remember him teaching us how to draw cowboys and stuff, and I guess that's always stuck with me as THE start of it all. The earliest memory of me wanting to be a comic book artist, however, dates all the way back to around 2001. The reason I know that time so specifically is because we were all watching the first Lord of the Rings film. We were so obsessed with it that we wanted to make our own epic fantasy story called The Diamond, remember that? (Yes, I do. I still have the rough outline for that somewhere. We're such nerds.) While we were watching, I was drawing a comic of that story, at ten years old, yes, and I still consider that one of my first projects. So, there was that, and then there was Heroes. Man, I loved Heroes.
Q: WHAT WERE AND ARE YOUR BIGGEST SOURCES OF INSPIRATION?
Well, I already mentioned Heroes right above here. I was crazy about the series, and about one character's, comic book artist Isaac Mendez, paintings in particular. Those were done by Tim Sale himself, of course, and I was so impressed by those and the whole comic book artist thing that I started reading a lot more of them. I started out with a lot of DC and Marvel. So, yes, the likes of Batman, Spider-Man and The Flash were definitely an inspiration, to begin with. After that, I started reading some lesser known stuff, and then you sent me a film trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (did I? Good one, me) which lead me to those comics and from that moment on, I was completely hooked. That last one is still THE biggest inspiration for my current project.
Q: THE ARTISTS YOU LOOK UP TO?
Q: WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON?
Apart from a lot of school work, I'm working on my very own graphic novel series called Destroy Desmond Drake. It's a really personal project, and I've been working on it (in brief time periods, mind) for 7 years. Throughout those years, I gained a lot more knowledge in this particular expertise AND lived through a whole lot of personal experiences. So the story has pretty much evolved immensely ever since I started working on it.
Four years after breaking up with the love of his life, Desmond Drake is finally getting his life back together. He lives with his best mate, relaunches his musical career and even has a new crush on a mysterious red-headed waitress. But just as everything seems to go right as planned and his future looks bright as ever, Desmond's past returns to kick his ass.
Q: YOUR OWN FAVOURITE DRAWING?
Choosing my own favourite drawing is sort of a big, difficult decision, really. It's like choosing your favourite film or band; that changes all the time. So at this particular moment, I'd choose about every drawing of Lea, the waitress from the synopsis you just read.
Q: WHAT'S THE BIGGEST THING YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE?
I actually just want to express myself at this point. I want to tell stories to people, and I want them to like them, perhaps even find meaning in them. That's a corny thing to say, isn't it? I'll actually already be thrilled if people read/see the things I make and think to themselves: Man, this is good stuff. So, no, I'm not even thinking about gaining world fame for what I do. I mainly hope that, through my work, people I know AND complete strangers will simply get it. And get me. It is a way to get rid of demons, very much like writing, so that's pretty much the main thing I'm hoping to achieve right now. But I DO hope people like it.
*note: the drawings included in this blog post were made throughout the years. If you truly want to get a sense of what my brother's drawings are currently like, and what he's working on, check out his Facebook page. He'll keep you posted in person.
Happy Friday and have a lovely weekend!