Joanna (jou) wrote,

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Extremities Akimbo

So, my stomach is full of moths over this gig I may-or-may-not get. Yeah, you heard me. Moths. Big ones.

....anyway. Other stuff.

Yesterday I totally had a minor crisis over the fact that all my recent and best portfolio pieces are from The Hunt, and contain exclusively anthropomorphic characters. I guess I was really worried about that, and talked extensively with the writer about it at first. And to be honest, The Hunt isn't supposed to read as an anthro-comic. The race I'm drawing, yeah they may resemble cats... but it's just a miniseries focusing on one of the races present in a much larger middle-earth-type world.

For my part, I've got nothing against anthro comics, or the artists who draw them.... It's just that it's been so difficult to re-invent my image after Roadsong into something that WASN'T a manga artist. I've got nothing against manga either. It's just that I don't see myself drawing manga for the rest of my career. I'm just so terrified of being typecast into the wrong role. At this point, I'm still trying to claw my way into an artistic niche that feels right to me. One where I'm getting the jobs that feel right, too. But it's tough to do that when you need to pay bills, right? It's not like I'm in a great position to pass up work of any kind.

...But let's not kid ourselves, folks. There IS stigma attached to anthro characters. It's awkward to be emailing big publishers my most recent work and have it be full of anthro.

Though really, everyone says I'll be fine if I just include plenty of my other work in my portfolio at the same time. Let's hope, right? I really frickin' ENJOY drawing The Hunt, and I don't want anything to tarnish it.

That said, here's the last set of inks in my series of covers:

Woot woot, I'm gonna get on Four Color Taint without even trying. :)

I'm pretty proud of the work I'm doing. Colors pending.
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