Boston Fan Expo – DC Portfolio Review Feedback

As I mentioned in my previous post, I decided to get back into creating visual art earlier this year after I accidentally stumbled across Jim Lee’s Sunday Art stream. Prior to my decision to start seriously drawing again back in January, 2018, I think the last piece of serious visual art I created was sometime prior to 1997. If I remember correctly, it was a charcoal drawing of Jimi Hendrix for my high school art class.
I heard from a friend that Jim Lee was going to be at the 2018 Boston Fan Expo, and, as a thank you to Jim for inspiring me, I’d create a special piece of art just for him. As I watched his weekly art stream, his fans dubbed him “Quick Draw” because he works so fast, and I immediately knew what I was going to create – a piece of comic style art (which I’d never done before) depicting Jim Lee as an Old West gunfighter.

As I worked on the piece, I also learned that DC Comics was going to be reviewing art portfolios at the convention as well, so I decided why not go ahead and create a special portfolio and see what happens.

So, starting in May, 2018 I worked furiously to create about 20 pieces of original art to create my first original art portfolio, which can be found at http://thompsonautomatic.com/2018-portfolio-january-july/.

I don’t know why I thought this was a good idea, especially since I’d only just started drawing again, but I did it. In part, I think the reason I decided to jump into the artist’s shark tank was to see if I had the ingredients in me that make for a successful comic art career.

After waiting two hours in line, I was finally ushered into a small make-shift room shrouded in black curtains. There I met a gracious editor from DC who inspected my portfolio carefully, and provided me really valuable feedback. The take-away, unsurprisingly, was that my portfolio didn’t include enough sequential art work to show if I can work in comics or not, but on the upside he said, “You can clearly draw anything you want, so create some more sequential art, show some story-telling, and bring it back next time.”

The feedback was encouraging, for sure, but now I’m at a new crossroads in my visual art creating efforts. I’m not entirely sure I want to be a professional comic interior artist. Don’t get me wrong, I love some comics and I appreciate the time, dedication and special skill it takes to be one, but I’m not entirely sure that’s me.

Only one way to find out; I’m going to create a few of my own original comic books based on some stories and screenplays I’ve written, and see what happens. As always, I’m living by my motto: “Better to regret what you did, than what you didn’t do.”

So stay tuned, friends and patrons: I’ll be sharing some preliminary original comics with my supporters as part of my exclusive content very soon.

Also, check out my new patreon page where I’ll be posting exclusive content, new art, and even the occasional piece of original music.

https://www.patreon.com/jdthompson



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