Leeann Hamilton: Art Picks

Creator Art Picks, where we ask comic creators about the comics and artists they like and that influence them. This week’s interview is with comic creator and graphic artist Leeann Hamilton, known for here series Finn and Fish.

Who was the first artist you took notice of when getting into comics, that made you realize it was someone’s job to draw or just made you aware of creators?
Despite collecting comics since I was very young, that honour goes to Richard Elson, a very prominent artist for Sonic the Comic. His art of Knuckles on the cover of issue #40 instantly converted me, and planted the creative seeds for what I was capable of making someday.
leeann1

Do you have a biggest influence or favourite artist, one that’s maybe affected your style or storytelling more than others?

My exposure to various manga titles during my teens sort of hammered my style into what it is today. I believe the design work of Nobuteru Yuki is probably the strongest influence, closely followed by Yukito Kishiro and Mamoru Nagano.
leeann2 leeann2b
Do you have a favourite artistic run on a series, or simply a love of the way one artist draws a certain character or team?
Jerome Opena on Marvel’s Infinity comes to mind. Colleen Doran’s works on The Sandman are also a fond favourite too. I also like Shunya Yamashita’s ‘pretty girl’ designs for Kotobuyika’s Marvel figurines.
leeann3a leeann3b leeann3c

Do you have a specific favourite page or sequence from an artist?
leeann4

What’s your favourite comic book cover?

This one.
leeann5
It gives me a warm nostalgic hug and breaks my heart at the same time. 

Who’s your favourite artist right now?
Shunya Yamashita, for his attention to detail and not sticking to the current manga norms (ie, his women actually look like women). 

Is there a current underrated artist or up and coming one you’d like to highlight?

There’s not enough coverage on ICN about Anna Fitzpatrick and Sorcha Moloney’s webcomics. Please fix this immediately. http://betweenworldscomic.com/ and http://pantheon-comic.com/
Leeann’s website and instagram (where you’ll find her latest sketches and works in progress)
Questions compiled by Chris O’Halloran