Friday, December 4, 2009

Rick Parker - Cartoonist Survey #10

Rick Parker is up next. His work has been in the New York Times, the Village Voice, Marvel and DC comics, Cracked, millions of MTV's Beavis and Butt-Head comics books and many other media outlets including 60 Minutes.
Be sure to check out his work at; I especially like this one since it features my all time favorite, Frankenstein's monster; .

What is your favorite pen to use?

Do you draw in pencil first and if so do you use a standard pencil or a mechanical one?

Do you do your coloring by hand or on the computer?

If you do your coloring by hand, what do you use?
Prismacolor felt tip markers.

What type of paper do you use?
Cheap copy paper.

What thing(s) do you hate to draw?
Sports Stadiums.

Do you buy your supplies from big chain art store catalogues/websites or a local one that you physically go to?
Local artist's outlet.

Are there any rituals that you do before starting to draw?
Wash hands, sharpen pencil.

Do you listen to music while you draw and if so what genre?
Strongly feel music interferes with my thought process and concentration and is a distraction.

Did you read comics as a kid and if so what was your favorite?
Not comic books so much as comic strips.

What is or was your favorite comic strip?
Buzz Sawyer and His Pal Roscoe Sweeney by Roy Crane.

What was your favorite book as a child and do you still own a copy of it?
The World Book Encyclopedias 1952 Edition .

Did you have any formal art training and if so where did you receive it?
BFA (Painting and Drawing) from University of Georgia and MFA (Printmaking) from Pratt Institute.

Do you feel that the Internet is a blessing or a curse?

Did either of your parents draw?

Who in your life is/was the most supportive of your art?
My wife.

Do you keep a sketchbook?
No, but think it's a good idea.

Have you ever taught cartooning/drawing and if so did you enjoy the experience?
Yes and it has been tremendously helpful to my own understanding of what I'm doing.

Do you feel that talent or passion is more important in drawing?
Being determined to succeed and diligently pursuing your dream is more important than being a talented slacker. However talent and hard work trumps all.

Do you collect anything and if so what?
Yes I like mostly old things.

If you were an animated cartoon character who do you think you would be?
Grumpy from Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs.

Are you a righty or lefty?

If you weren't an artist what would you want to do for work?

In one or two sentences describe your drawing area.
Sit in swivel chair with clipboard, paper and pencil and eraser.

Do you play any musical instruments?
All, but none very well.

If you could give one piece of advice to someone who wants to pursue drawing as a career what would it be?
Draw as often as possible and you will improve in direct proportion to the amount of drawing you do.

Who is your favorite artist?
Jack Davis.

Thanks a lot Rick!
Next up is Bob Camp, so check back soon to see his answers!

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