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Behind the Art with Ryan Denny

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Interview with artist Ryan Denny.

Why do you make art?

Honestly I just draw what I am interested in. I like to get peoples reactions and see them respond to what what I can do.

What type of art do you make?

Mostly comic book art, I focus on that. I used to do realistic, but I like comic book drawings better.

What type of materials do you use to make art?

Generally I start with a pencil sketch and then scan it into a computer and colorize it that way.

Who or what inspires you to make art?

My family, like my older brother. He made comics and he drew comics, he is probably my biggest inspiration.

Who is your favorite artist and why?

Todd McFarlane, mainly because he has a way of bringing darker tons of colors into a good comic book style. He has good dynamic poses all his stuff is pretty great.

What artwork have you made that you are most proud of?

Recently, I am making custom comic book covers and they are definitely the ones I am most proud of.

How do you know when your artwork is finished?

I typically believe it never is really finished. I usually just decide enough is enough and that’s it, sometimes I’ll revise it but not all the time, but it is always unfinished in my opinion.

Do you plan the make a career from art?

Yes I do, I am hoping to get into comic book art I would like to start illustrating comics as a job.

Would you ever sell your artwork?

Yes, I actually already have sold a bit. Generally people come up to me and ask me to draw for them and I get paid that way.

What project are you working on right now?

Right now I am working on a few projects including a custom Spiderman design comic book cover, and James Shirey asked me to draw a picture of characters named war and death from Darksiders, and he is going to pay me for that.

What is the most important tool for making your artwork?

Probably an eraser, definitely the eraser because it can help me fix my piece.

What themes do you pursue?

Cartoon style. Sort of realistic in a non realistic way, trying to make things that don’t look realistic into a realistic picture.

Do you ever listen to music while listening to art? Does it make you more creative?

Almost constantly. It helps me be more creative because the song can give me the proper mindset.

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