Featured Artist: The Art Of Todd Nauck
The art of storytelling is an inspiration to artist, Todd Nauck, this week’s featured Pentel artist. Check out how he is constantly honing his approach to drawing and read about his current project, illustrating a spin-off from the Marvel Comics X-Men series, called Nightcrawler #1!
1. What is one aspect of drawing/sketching/inking that you give the highest priority to?
The aspect of drawing I give a high priority to is the structure, mass and shape of the character I’m drawing. If that’s not as solid and as believable as possible, then no amount of line work, crosshatching, or color can hide those problems. The piece will just look off and weak, and I will have wasted hours on an illustration I’m not happy with. Getting the form correct and at a point I’m happy with in the beginning makes the other aspects of creating the piece all the more fun to create and look at.
2. What is one drawing tool that you use regularly?
One drawing tool I regularly use would be my 0.3 HB lead mechanical pencil. I use it in each stage of creating my comic art from layouts, to pencils, to tightening up faces and details as I ink the art. And of course the Pentel Pocket Brush almost daily. Occasionally, I use the Pentel Presto Jumbo Correction Pen (for white highlights/effects which can be seen in the blast effect on the Cannonball piece and the lightning in the Impulse piece)
3. Do you have any drawing-related resources that you highly recommend reading?
A drawing-related resource I recommend reading, especially for future comic creators, is “How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way” by Stan Lee. It is pretty much a comic creator’s bible. Most all of my fellow comic creators have this book on their shelf. It’s a great book that gives the building blocks of visual storytelling/sequential art.
4. Is there a magazine you read on a daily/weekly basis (online or offline)?
A magazine I read on a daily/weekly basis? Do comic books count? I read a comic or two each day. I enjoy studying the art and approach to storytelling done by other artists with varying styles. I find it inspirational and an opportunity to figure out new ways of approaching my craft. Plus, comics are just fun to read!
5. Please share some of your illustrations with us.
The inspiration for the first two pieces, Nightcrawler and Beast, are character studies for the new Marvel Comics series I am drawing. It’s a spin-oof from the X-Men comics called Nightcrawler. Being a longtime X-Men fan, I am very familiar with these characters and have drawn them occasionally as commissioned art at comic book conventions. But now that I need to draw certain characters on a daily basis, especially Nightcrawler, I decided I’d do some illustrations to get an even better feel for their visuals. Nightcrawler #1 is on sale April 9th!
The inspiration for Cannonball, Dazzler: Agent of SHIELD, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle: Donatello, and Impulse was just for the pure fun of drawing some of my favorite comic book characters to share on my social networks for my fans to see.
Check out more of his inspiring art on his website!