Interview with the Vunderkind Justin Irabor

Please tell me a little about you?

My name is Irabor. Justin Irabor. I write my thoughts on things as they interest me on thevunderkind.com. I make weekly webcomics on obaranda.com and I am a digital marketer by day.

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Can you describe your drawing routine—how often you draw, how many hour per day—how you break up the day with drawing?

I don’t have a routine yet, unfortunately. I draw whenever the compulsion comes and I have been known to make sketches in random situations – on the porcelain bowl, during office meetings, on the ride home, at the cinema – name a place I’ve been, and I’ve probably made a doodle there. When I start a drawing, I tend to finish it – I don’t split my drawing process into sections of hours and as such all my drawings tend to be done rather quickly.

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How much revision/editing do you do in you work?

All revisions go in my rough sketches. I could do ten or more rough sketches in a 40% opacity blue brush, but as soon as I lay down the line art, I rarely make modifications afterwards. Note: this is not the best practice for an artist: you should always revise even down to your base colors, highlights and shades. When drawing on paper, I make no revisions at all.

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Talk about your process—do you write a script or make up the drawing as you go?

For my webcomics I actually use Celtx to write out my script and make a storyboard before I proceed. If I cannot access Celtx, I draw mockups and dummy speech-text before I begin the actual drawings.

What tools do you use?

Several. Sketchbook pro. Procreate. Adobe Photoshop. GIMP. ArtRage. ArtFlow. Adobe Illustrator. CorelDraw. Celtx. Caption Distraction. Several others I cannot remember right now.

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Do you read a lot of comics?

Nowadays, not that many. Two years ago and beyond? Yes. I am still a massive comicbook fan and you can often find me discussing hypothetical outcomes on Twitter with other comic book nerds. I tend to prefer some of the gritty graphic novels to the more playful comic books, however. Sign of old age, perhaps.

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Do other artforms often seem more attractive to you?

All art forms for me hold merits and strengths in the medium by which they are expressed, so I try to appreciate them for their core components.

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What artwork (or artists) do you like?

Unfortunately, I have not had the luxury of appreciating too many artists. I like the line art (and coloring) of Terry and Rachel Dodson. Stan Obende’s work is quite nice as well. I like Anth_Insecta and the guy who does Mumu Juju – best stuff from Vortex Comics, in my opinion. I like Duro’s art, NerdyAjet’s, Anibrendan, Adxnna and Sebastian Loerscher – famous for Making Friends in Bangalore.

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Is a community of artists important to you?

Not really, no. Still I can appreciate the appeal.

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What is more important to you—style or idea?

Both. Depends on the circumstances around the expression.

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Is drawing a pleasure to you or a pain?

It’s both, depending on whether I am indulging the hobbyist in me or embarking on a paid project 😀

Thanks a lot Vunderkind.  Great talking to you.

Namaste.

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