Elaine Will is someone to watch. With an illustration style that will knock your socks off, she also writes and publishes each issue of her comic Look Straight Ahead, as well as a weekly comic strip in Verb magazine, Drink on the Bus. If you haven’t already checked out her work, you should.
Where are you from?
I am originally from a small city called Humboldt, about 103 km east of Saskatoon.
Where are you living now?
Right now I am living in Saskatoon, the city of bridges. It’s awesome and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else!
What do you do?
I’m a visual storyteller. Everything that I draw eventually turns into some sort of comic book or narrative illustration. I think ideas are best communicated through narratives – it makes the viewer curious and creates a sense of wonder. A picture says a thousand words, right?
As far as what I do for work, I draw a weekly comic strip for Verb Magazine as well as a graphic novel, Look Straight Ahead, which is a story about depression tinged with lots of dark and surreal imagery. I used to work at a comic book store, and that was a great experience, but it was also very exhausting and left me with too little time to draw and promote my work!
What is your top source of inspiration?
I’d have to say music. There’s a really important connection between music & the visual arts – music can be illustrated, and vice versa – art can be translated into a musical form. It’s really amazing when you see artists exploring this, and creating music videos that really take advantage of this connection – the music and the images working in tandem to form a narrative! I think the music video is an underappreciated art form and it sort of got a bad rap during the days of MTV and Muchmusic, because 90% of what they showed was just quick-cut footage of bands playing in abandoned warehouses and had very little thought put into it. Now with the internet and Youtube/Vimeo/etc, we finally get a chance to see all the artfully constructed videos that would never have been shown on television.
What is one thing in your studio that you can’t live without?
Coffee! And my drawing desk, which I’ve had since 2001 – it’s where I’ve drawn most of my comics!
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