Wednesday, 3 November 2010

One Question Interview #17: Britt Wilson

'Sewer Shark, or, They Can Smell Boredom', as seen on Britt's blog.

When you fall in love with someone's work when they are at their most hurried, you know that you must be onto something good. That's what happened to us last February when we spotted Britt Wilson's fantastic (and slightly ahead of schedule) 2010 Hourly Comics Day strips. One Google search later, it became fairly obvious we were yet again fashionably late to the party, and were but a couple of fuzzy pixels in the LCD static of her burgeoning internet fan-base.

In order to rectify our mistake, and restore the smug feeling of being totally cool dudes, we invited Britt to talk a little bit about the influences behind her comprehensive talents. Equally brilliant in lo-fi hourly comic mode and the hyper-crafted illustration style that can be seen currently jacketing the excellent Inkstuds book, we were eager to lay down the oldest and goldest interview question for her answering pleasure:

The Wu Tang Clan once described Old Dirty Bastard as having "no father" to "his style". Who do you consider the fathers (and mothers) of your style to be?

First of all, let me start off by saying that is the best wording of "what are your influences?" I have ever read. I love pictures. I love looking at pictures, I could do it all day long. This is good in some ways, I have a good grasp of what is going on in illustration and comics and I have a very clear understanding of what I like and what I don't. The drawbacks, of course, being that I spend way too much time looking at other people's pictures instead of making my own, but also that I end up paralyzed (artistically). Because I like a wide variety of styles, I can't figure out what I want my own to be, as a result I sometimes feel very scattered. As a child I read a lot, so book illustrations have always had a big impact on me, artists like Michael Martchenko, Dr. Suess, Marie-Louise Gay, and cartoonists like Bill Watterson. More recently I've been pouring over blogs by French animators, illustrators and cartoonists. In general, animators have this ability to capture motion in still images that I find fascinating and I'm trying to incorporate into my own work. The character design is also something I'm envious of, and have been working on. I don't know why the French in particular, I just noticed when looking through the blogs I follow that most of them are French. Probably has something to do with more arts funding or something.

I think it's the wine; drunker artists are better artists, right? Just ask Ian MacKaye. A big "thank you" to Britt for giving us a little of her time to answer us; we appreciate it greatly. If, like us, you want to be totally cool dudes and dudettes, you should immediately follow her on Twitter and also jam her blog into your RSS feeder for all kinds of great illustrations, cartoons, and, of course, pictures of her adorable cat Panties. And, no, that isn't a typo.

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