Q&A with Colorist and Letterer, Drew Denis
Updated: Aug 29, 2020
By Bridney C.
It is a pleasure to interview Drew Denis for the Sweet Scoop.
Drew is a 22-year-old comic book artist and graphic designer from North Franklin, Connecticut. He grew up around an artistic family who made traditional art, original music, and graphic design.
"I've always been drawn to art for as long as I can remember," says Denis.
In this edition of Q&A, Drew Denis shared the best thing about being an artist, his 3 favorite artworks he created, and talked about the indie comic book series he illustrates for.
Bridney C: When did you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in digital art?
Drew Denis: I'd say my second year of high school was when I realized I could pursue a career in art. That was when I discovered graphic design, and have been doing it ever since. Up until that point, it was strictly just a hobby.
BC: If you could choose a theme song for your art, what would it be?
DD: "Through the Late Night" by Travis Scott. I find that most of my best design work is made anywhere from 1 to 3 AM.
BC: What is the best thing about being an artist? Do you feel art is an underrated career path that is met with negative judgment?
DD: The best thing about being any type of artist is seeing your work on display and being appreciated. I feel like art is an underrated career path because people just do not understand it sometimes. However, I do feel traditional art is always going to be hard to find a job, and a graphic design path is much more versatile.
BC: Name and describe your top three favorite artworks you have created.
DD: So, about 6 months ago, I had won a contest for the design on a Big Y reusable bag, and just last month they came out in the stores. It was awesome to see my artwork on display like that. The second is a logo I recently did for a paving company called State Asphalt Sealing. A local business which again I frequently see this logo when I drive around. The last piece I wanted to show was a page I recently had finished coloring for this indie comic I've been working on called "The Price a Hero Pays" that should be coming out later this year. I've just recently joined the small comic company called A Hero Story as a colorist and letterer.
BC: How did the collaboration with AHeroStory come about? Do you see yourself heading down a path that strictly involves drawing comic book graphics?
DD: So it started with JD, the writer for A Hero Story, brainstorming ideas about the possibility of creating his own comics. As soon as he and Hunter, the artist started making scripts and producing artworks, I jumped in and expressed interest in lettering for them. We just actually released our first comic Aerial #1 on Comixology. I hope this opportunity could potentially lead to more work in the world of comics but for now, I'm having a blast doing what I'm doing.
BC: Do you hope to create your own comic one day?
DD: Absolutely. JD, Hunter, and I have already been throwing around ideas that could lead to me doing triple duty on a project in the future as a writer, colorist, and letterer.
BC: If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why? How does this superhero connect to you and your art?
DD: If I could be any superhero, it would be The Flash. I consider myself a very impatient person and there's never enough time in the day to do everything I want to do.
BC: What is in store for you in the future? What do you hope to change or incorporate, in addition to what you already do?
DD: I just want to progress my skills and do more work. As long as I'm kept busy working on a project I'm happy.
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