Spotlight on: Kyle Latino!
We’re back for another edition of Beaucoup Pop's Independent Creator Spotlight! This week I had the pleasure of interviewing comics’ most dapper creator Mr. Kyle Latino! Kyle is a jack of all trades. You can catch him making podcasts (http://thepanelistspodcast.com/), being a colorist on books like Image comics’ “The Activity”, drawing for books such as Horror Double Feature and Outlaw Territories Vol. 3 (out this summer)!, and hustling as the writer/artist of his own webcomics, Sinktown Slink and So Long Sweetberry! He was kind enough to let me pester him with questions.
Kyle when did you first start drawing? Are you self-taught, or did you have a lot of teaching along the way?
|An Ipad painting of The Wasp by Kyle|
Though I've been doodling all my life, I didn't decide to draw comics until after I graduated college with a non-art related degree. What happened was that I read Tom Strong and Rocketo in the same afternoon, and I was never the same again. I had, however, no time or money to go back to school for training or teaching in art. So I did what everyone has to do to get good at something, do my best work and compare it to the work of those I admire most, then pick out the specific differences between their work and mine, and attempted solve those challenges. Also, I ask for portfolio reviews from veteran artists, not editors. Editors are paid to be nice to us and they rarely hire from portfolio reviews at conventions. They'll just tell us to “work on your anatomy and storytelling”. An artist might actually be able and interested in helping us become better artists.