How To Draw Month: Interview with Terry Moore
Dec 30, 2015
For How to Draw Month, PREVIEWSworld talks with Terry Moore, writer/artist of Rachel Rising (JAN120780), Echo (MAY110780), and Strangers In Paradise (APR130755), about how he creates his artwork. And if you would like to learn How To Draw, he's created a book just for that too!
PREVIEWSworld: Who were your favorite artists growing up?
Terry Moore: Charles Schulz, Alex Raymond, Curt Swan, Degas
PREVIEWSworld: Were you self-taught, formally educated, or a combination of both?
Terry Moore: Self-taught, but I did take a 13-week cartooning course from a retired Disney animator that proved to be very helpful.
PREVIEWSworld: Talk about your studio environment. Do you watch or listen to anything while you draw?
Terry Moore: I listen to music when I pencil, it helps me stay in the mood. I like to have a movie on when I’m inking to help me stay in the chair and keep at it. But when I’m writing, I can’t have any distractions.
PREVIEWSworld: What tools do you prefer while drawing? Pencils, pens, art boards, etc.?
Terry Moore: I’ve used the same Faber-Castell .05 pencil for every comic I’ve drawn since 1995. I’m very attached to that thing now. I cut my own sheets from a pad of Strathmore 2-Ply Smooth Bristol. I hand letter on the art. Then I ink with Raphael brushes, a Hunt 102, and Micron pens. When the page is complete, I scan it into the computer, clean up and prep the files in Photoshop, then layout the book in InDesign. When the book is complete, I send a hi-res PDF to the printer and a week later this book of copies magically appears at my doorstep.
PREVIEWSworld: Do you prefer drawing by hand, digitally, or both?
Terry Moore: I draw by hand. I’d rather have a real page of art than a jpeg of art.
PREVIEWSworld: How long does it normally take to draw a page?
Terry Moore: Anywhere from 3-18 hours, depending on what needs to be drawn.
PREVIEWSworld: What’s your favorite thing to draw?
Terry Moore: People.
PREVIEWSworld: What's the most unique thing you've been asked to draw at a convention?
Terry Moore: The Hulk as Slave Leia. You know you can’t unsee things like that.
PREVIEWSworld: You have written a series of How To Draw (SEP120731) books. Tell us about them and how they can help new and experienced artists?
Terry Moore: When I started working as a professional on a deadline, I came across one question after another with nowhere to turn for answers. The How To books I found were either dated or only covered certain topics. So I spent years figuring things out myself and piecing together small bits of advice from other pros to come up with my approach. Then people started asking me the same questions I once had, and I realized I should write this stuff down. So my How To book is for people who have already gone through the other How To books. I don’t show you how to draw a figure, I show you how to make the figure come alive, how I draw people and expressions. Then, in the final chapter, I share all my technical data and templates. Basically, the book details how I make comics, the whole process from beginning to end.
PREVIEWSworld: Finally, what’s the best advice you have for beginning artists?
Terry Moore: I can tell when an artist doesn’t know how to draw cartoons because the expressions and body language in the art is not good. I advice artists to add cartooning to their free time. Learn how to draw the wild goofy action and it will make a big difference when you get to the realistic stuff. The lessons learned really do transfer.