Artist Spotlight – Ron Joseph From IDW’s The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

We haven’t done an artist spotlight in a while, so here is an artist introduced to me by one of our contributors Michele Brittany. The artist is Ron Joseph who has been working on Nicholas Meyer’s The Seven-Per-Cent Solution for IDW Publishing. You can follow Ron on Twitter or Deviant Art.

CTHULU-inksBleeding Cool: How did you get started drawing?

Ron Joseph: I’ve been drawing almost all my life; started so early that I can’t even remember when it was! My family still insists on telling these gripping tales about how I could draw an entire dinosaur without taking my pencil off the paper when I was something like 2 or 3 years old.

VULTURE-inks01BC: Who were your biggest influences?

RJ: John Byrne and Alan Davis may have been my two biggest influences when it comes to pencils, but I am still relatively new when it comes to inks, so I study the work of guys like Bernie Wrightson, Frank Bellamy, Wally Wood, Al Williamson, and Frank Frazetta all the time.  I love Mike Mignola’s work and have learned a lot about the use of heavy blacks to add power and depth to my pages.

BarBrawl-01BC: What is your process for doing a page? How long does it take you?

RJ: I do very small thumbnail sketches on scrap paper or on the scripts themselves.  Then I use those as a guide and do full-size roughs in blue line or a very light lead; maybe an H or 2H.  Then I tighten things up and lay the inks down.

I can get several pages of pencils done in a day.  Inking, I’m good for a page a day, sometimes a little more.  As time goes on and I become more comfortable with it, I suspect that number will increase.

VectorRagnaRock-01BC: Where might folks have seen your work previously?

RJ: I did a lot of work for an RPG called Spirit of ’77 for Monkeyfun Studios, LLC recently and before that I was part of a successful kickstarter campaign for a book called The Shepherd.  I do commissions in between jobs, which leads me to…

TigerTankMoon-01BC: What are you working on now?

RJ: I am currently working on Nicholas Meyer’s The Seven-Per-Cent Solution for IDW.  The first issue came out in August and I’m about halfway through the last issue as I type this.

7P02_Ink_pg03 7P02_Ink_pg01BC: What is your dream project?

RJ: Well, like just about every other creative type I know, I’ve got my own “pet project” that I’d love to work on full-time.  But, until the day comes that I can make that happen, give me something with monsters, aliens, robots, and some horror.  There are so many great concepts and characters from different genres that I’d love to tackle;  ROM, Jason Voorhees,The Micronauts, Godzilla, and just about anything from the Jim Henson “universe,” just to name a few!

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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.