How to Draw Month: Interview with Robert Wilson IV

For How to Draw month, PREVIEWSworld talks with artist Robert Wilson! Robert has worked on Bitch Planet (MAY150482), Knuckleheads (APR140448), and Like a Virus. He has also created posters for bands like The Mountain Goats and The Sword. His new series Heartthrob will be in comic shops April 2016.

PREVIEWSworld: Who were your favorite artists growing up?

Robert Wilson: I thought Jim Lee was the god of comics (I also thought he was Stan Lee's son). I was also really into Joe Mad.

PREVIEWSworld: Were you self-taught, formally educated, or a combination of both?

Robert Wilson: Mostly self taught, I did study art in college for a year though.

PREVIEWSworld: Talk about your studio environment. Do you watch or listen to anything while you draw?

Robert Wilson: I listen to tons of podcast, audio books, and music. Listening to Hugh Howey's Wool at the moment. I'm always excited for The Best Show. My office is a spare bedroom in my house, it is an indescribable mess.

PREVIEWSworld: What tools do you prefer while drawing? Pencils, pens, art boards, etc.?

Robert Wilson: I pencil in Manga Studio and ink with Raphael 8404 brushes and Zebra brush pens.

PREVIEWSworldAre there any books you would recommend to help with art?

Robert Wilson: Anything by Andrew Loomis

PREVIEWSworld: Do you prefer drawing by hand, digitally, or both?

Robert Wilson: Usually both, but it can go either way depending on the project or my mood.

PREVIEWSworld: How long does it normally take to draw a page?

Robert Wilson: Anywhere from 4 to 12 hours.

PREVIEWSworld: What’s your favorite thing to draw?

Robert Wilson: Usually animals or hair (preferably blowing in the wind).

PREVIEWSworld: What's the most unique thing you've been asked to draw at a convention?

Robert Wilson: ....I plead the fifth.

PREVIEWSworldFinally, what’s the best advice you have for beginning artists?

Robert Wilson: Draw as much as you can, draw things that get you excited, do life drawing. Think of yourself as a business.

You can find Robert on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook.

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