Artist Jen Bartel answers YOUR questions LIVE from SDCC 2019!

Artist Jen Bartel answers YOUR questions LIVE from SDCC 2019!



as we're back at Marvel live and we have another special guest Jen Bartel it's so happy to be with you here now I want right off the bat I want to talk about your sneakers you got to design Captain Marvel and Thanos sneakers for Adidas like how do you even go about that that one was probably the fastest project that ever happened and you would think that it would have been in production for a really long time but basically Foot Locker approached me and within like three weeks the design was done and it was like off to production so it was very very strange but really fun to work on well that answers a question why suddenly I was in line getting the sneaker like when did we announce this or what was this happening no but they're amazing they're comfortable I really do own a pack pair that Captain Marvel ones here and so for those out there who love your work and like love everything you do you know it's you don't just suddenly have a pair of sneakers you don't just suddenly have a cover of a comic book you know how did you get your start in comics oh so I went to school for illustration thinking that I was gonna be like an editorial illustrator or I was gonna do like children's books and I think a lot of that was just because I didn't see a lot of people who look like me working with in comics cuz I've always been a fan but it just didn't seem like a viable career path and so I didn't really pursue it and it when I graduated from school it was like right at the peak of the recession perfect time yeah I wasn't really getting any illustration jobs either and I think at that point I just kind of like given up and I was working like a retail job and I just started making fan art and like posting it online because I had reached this point where I was like if I can't do this professionally I'm at least gonna like have fun and just do it for me and once I started posting my work online you know it took a while and I had to kind of be consistent about posting it but it came across the feed of a couple editors and my first comics opportunity was a gem in the Holograms cover for IDW and since then it's just kind of like blown up and I think the big thing is once you get your first opportunity in comics deliver on time and communicate and you'll probably get rehired and that's just what I kept doing communicating and delivering on time we have some social questions from cells at home now what is your favorite Marvel character to draw greetings from Spain storm I think it's no secret I've drawn her so many times now but never really like in any official capacity until just recently when I got to do a variant cover for Marvel 1000 that featured like storm through the ages and I just love her so much she's like my childhood favorite is there a particular storm that like because for storm fans like Adam has gone through a lot of iterations who's had a number of costumes a lot of different styles is there a particular one that you really love yeah so I mean obviously I love like the 90s like cartoon version storm I think that's like what a lot of us grew up with I love that one so much well we got an ask Marvel segment coming up some more questions with mental is their character or team or series that you haven't been able to draw yet that you want to so the first thing that I ever got approached about working on for Marvel was actually a silk cover but it didn't pan out for scheduling reasons and since then I haven't had the opportunity to actually draw silk like officially I did a fan art of her recently I would love to work on something silk I think yeah just because she's a Korean American character and I'm also a Korean American and I love it I mean I think that's one of the things that we really love about comic books for you you know as you're drawing your characters as you're doing covers you're basically like getting people into the story like what are the key like essential pieces of a good comic book cover Oh whenever I am working on layouts or compositions for four covers I always think about them more from like a design aspect than from a narrative illustration standpoint because to me it I feel like the the purpose of a cover is to be eye-catching and to you know really draw someone in to open up the book and so I always prefer covers that are kind of like evergreen in nature where you know they could be applied to any story and they're just a good standalone piece and so I don't know that's I know a lot of people prefer when you know they have some kind of narrative element to it but I always think like poster design is kind of like cover design you know so your illustrations are incredibly colorful gorgeous now do you think of color first does that come later I definitely am thinking about color when I'm sketching yeah it's it's a big part of like how the composition works in general because like this without getting into like the nitty gritty of like color theory where black meets white is going to be like the spot that people look at first and if you're working in color you can use complementary colors to do that so what I'm sketching something that's the first thing I'm thinking that's awesome who everyone wrote that down at home one of the things I also love about you and you mentioned Chris earlier and I love the fact that particularly within the Marvel Universe a lot of artists know each other they promote each other's work you promote a lot of upcoming artists which I love it's so it is so much fun following your Twitter general but you know also you know your Tumblr and likes you you've got social media on pack how did you like what was what was your motivation to start pushing other up-and-coming artists through your social feeds yeah I feel like for me personally my career growth has happened so rapidly that it's been like I've gotten whiplash like every few months I'm just like what's happening and when I finally realized that I had enough of a platform that like people were people were kind of paying attention to what I was saying I felt like well here's an opportunity to highlight people that I think you know are deserving and should have more attention and so yeah I really wanted to at least be able to do that for some of my fellow artists and I think a really big influence was honestly Kelly sue Taconic when she came up with the visible women hashtag I think I just looked at that and was like I could be doing something like that in my daily life too so I just like make it a point to try and promote people as much as possible awesome Jen before we let you enjoy the con how can fans follow you and find your work oh yeah so I am act hey Jen Bartels on both Twitter and Instagram and my tumblr doesn't really get updated but it's just it's just Jen Bartels on tumblr

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