Hello Miss Hans! I absolutely adore you art and was wondering, if nobody has asked already, if you'll be attending any UK cons or signings coming up? I always scour the guest list for your name but haven't managed to find you yet. Your art is some of my favourite in comics, it would be beyond a pleasure to meet you~
I’d love to visit a UK con one day but never been invited yet. I hope to attend at least thought bubles once, maybe next year.
So, it’s basically been almost 9 years since I started doing comics.
Here are a few facts.
In France, one basically takes 1 year to create a comic book.
Usually it’s between 46 to 54 pages when published with a major editor.
It’s not unusual to be a few month or a year late …
I’ve been offered rates as low as 76 euros for a full colored page all included ( turned down that shamelless offer by a publisher nor that small after a lecture on the freelance life )
I have once been paid 500 euros a page but it was only for a few pages unfortunatly.
Once a french comic book goes on sale you earn a small percentage of the selling price, something around 7 to 10 %. With it, you pay back what the publisher gave you upfront. Only when or if he has recovered your upfront paiment will you actually earn something.
There were 5560 french comic books published last year and 2000 translated comic book or mangas, that makes a lot of concurrence in the same time on the comic books shop and a very fast turnover. The obvious result is, you do not have a lot of time to sell enough books to hope to earn royalties.
in 2000, there were only 1000 new books each year. The yearly amount of books sold in the end stayed more or less the same.
In 9 years I have never touched any royalties.
I have only been teased twice because I was a woman. Once by an illustrator who asked me to “bend myself on the table” obviously because he thought I was a fan (I was visiting a friend at a convention) and he would have love a better view of my cleavage. I called him the most unrespectfull guy I had ever met, told him that I didn’t want to hear the sound of his voice anymore and left him dumbstruck. He tried to come to say good morning the day after but I offered a big smile with a don’t you dare and he didn’t dare .
The second time, was in a US convention where an old illustrator teased me with calling me his little assistant. Twice .. The second time I told him that I knew he wasn’t used seeing a lot of girls in this market but there were a lot of girls coming after me so guy, get used to it or you’ll feel very lonely.
At the beginning I was always the only woman on conventions. People always assumed I was a colorist or a girlfriend of a male author. It was annoying but I really was an exception so it was understandable.
Nowadays, there are more women on the market. Or at least more of them wishing to enter the market.
I think I attended more or less 50 to 60 signings and conventions.
My attitude is to always be the more professionnall I can.
It’s unfair but in this market, each woman is a significant percentage of all of us, I always keep that in mind.
I started comics because I wanted to create something that could enter the everyday life. Art for everybody, without limiting it to a certain part of population.
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I am a little bit disapointed to see that somebody is actually selling one of my prints that he bought this week end. For the record, I sell them 10 $ because I think it is great that anyone can afford somemething for me, according to his budget. Seeing someone selling it for no less than 50 $ destroys the joy I have in meeting people.
Im sorry to keep bugging you, but do you prefer doing panels or cover art? I personally think my talents would be better for covers because replicating the same image more than once is very difficult for me.
I usually prefer cover art but both are so different that comparing would be very difficult. I love to be the first person to talk to a reader about a book, and it’s always a challenge to try to be efficient in composition as well as in color and to think about something original which may bring the attention to a book, but I also love actually telling the story and try to bring the text the right kind of mood, and also to give the something to remember. I try with interiors to be like a colorist. When you work on colors, the lineart comes first and you never should crush it. With the script, it’s the same. Story comes first, no matter how good you are. it’s about telling story.
Hello! I just found your blog and love your art :) I had question though, how on earth did you get into being a comicbook artist? It's something I've thought about, and seems like something I'd like to do but I have no idea where to start or how to get started.
I think that the first step to be a comic book artist is basically to start drawing comics. publishers want to see how you tell stories. You can be the best illustrator in the world, that wont make you a sequential artist because pretty picture are a plus but the main thing is really about serving a story.
every comic book artist has a story. there’s no straight way to break into this market. I graduated from an art school in France and wrote several stories. I met a small publisher in a comic convention and had my firt graphic novel published. The rest just followed. I worked a lot and had a bit of good circonstances.
Dear reader, are you a fan of spidey ? I am looking for models. Get a picture of yourself in your most spiderman-ish pose and get the chance to be in an actual spidey book. Post it in the comments or pm me.
( I won’t be responsible for broken bed if you jump to high, just sayin’ )
I am currently writing my dissertation and have a small section on the different techniques used in comic book art. (Art History major over here) I have been on both your french website and tumblr and I know you have discussed your process but I can't find it. If its not too much trouble can you link me to that post? It would be very much appreciated. Thanks so much and I love seeing all your updates even unrelated to my paper! :)
sure. This is the main post. Since then, things changed a bit though. Now I use ( for paintings ) inks from the brand colorex. Sometimes ecoline but for a lot of reasons, colorex suits me better.Colors are smoth and vivid, not grainy at all and you can add layers over layers for delicate hues.
BUT, for all my professionnal works, I use photoshop and an intuos. I have some custom brushes I did myself and that’s it.
Thanks a lot everyone for all the love and the great welcome of Fearless defenders #7. You really make it worth. All the work and the creazy nights before the deadline are soon forgotten when readers have a great time reading it…
Dear readers, thank you so much for the love and support. I now have a somehow important question. I am thinking about going back to waterpainting for professionnal works. I did a lot of them for commissions and it seems that it’s very often that people prefer it to my digital art.
I am a bit hesitating and would like to read your honnest thoughts about that if you have time that is.