RICH INTERVIEWS: Hugh Rookwood Artist for Rock, Paper, Scissors N’ Stuff Wars
First Comics News: How did you start your artistic career?
Hugh Rookwood: I started training in animation at Sheridan College and worked in an illustration studio run by Ken Lashley called Draxhall jump.
1st: What makes drawing something you want to do?
Hugh: I have always drawn from very young and got into comics at a very young age and that plus cartoons influenced me.
1st: How did you come to be working on “Rock, Paper, Scissors N’ Stuff Wars”?
Hugh: I met Lue at a convention in Hamilton, we had a good conversation and he told me about a project he was doing and was looking for an artist to draw it. We later had a meeting, told me the premise of the book, and was hooked.
1st: How does one make a rock; a piece of paper and a pair of scissors seem alive?
Hugh: That’s all due to Lue. He has fleshed out the personalities of these characters extremely well, so creating the imagery was really no problem.
1st: Which of the races in “Rock, Paper, Scissors N’ Stuff Wars” do you enjoy drawing the most and why?
Hugh: All the characters are fun because they each bring something different to the table in dynamics, but if I had to choose one I would say Paper I’m finding the most fun and challenging because paper doesn’t have the volume like the other characters so making them do dynamic things is a lot more challenging than the other characters.
1st: How do you feel about drawing battle scenes?
Hugh: I like it. it’s work, but when done it’s quite amazing to see all the characters interacting and battling one another.
1st: What about the Scissors is frightening?
Hugh: How Ruthless they are as a race of beings. Every other race is considered less than in their eyes and they are excellent fighters!
1st: How do you make an Anvil seem more menacing than a Rock?
Hugh: With the anvils “less is more” all the expression is in the eyes they are powerful because they themselves are not on the ground punching things they got their minions and they float above everyone “Godlike” moving the pieces of the situation around like playing chess.
1st: Would you like to illustrate more issues of “Rock, Paper, Scissors N’ Stuff Wars”?
1st: How do you use expressions and body language to show good and evil?
Hugh: A lot of it is in the eye and hand expressions but usually evil characters are expressed with sharper lines while a good characters line work might be softer.
1st: If you could be one of the races in “Rock, Paper, Scissors N’ Stuff Wars” which one would it be and why?
Hugh: I would be paper. Because in a conflict like this you would naturally see them as the underdogs but through the journey, you see they have great strength and tenacity. They are proud and will keep fighting even with the odds against them.
1st: How do you improve your ability to draw?
Hugh: I draw every day! Draw everything.
1st: Any words for the fans of your work?
Hugh: For my, Fans Thank you for all the support, I am able to do this because of you and my family and I appreciate each and every one of you! Thank you for your patience and continued support of Paper, Rock, Scissors N’ Stuff Wars, and Chozen Studios.