¦ Features ¦ John
Higgins Interview Part 1
Higgins is one of the longest serving artists on 2000AD and a true fan favourite.
Starting all the way back in 1977 with a cover for Prog 43, his work has continually
developed, showing that he's a master in pencil, ink, paints and now computers.
He's just returned to the Megazine with the 3 part Monkey on my Back -
based on an idea by the man himself. We caught up with him recently and put him
in the 2000AD Review hotseat...
What tools do
you use on the job, and have you had any training?
I had been to art
school but learnt nothing that really helped with comic strip illustration. It
is a constant learning curve as far as I am concerned. At the moment I use non
repro blue for the pencil work, and then Unipen felt tip pens from 0.1 to 0.8
and then very broad felts for filling in larger areas. But ask me next week and
it might be different.
a wide amount of materials to create your work, including fully painted and pencil/ink
only. Have you found an ideal method yet, or do you continue to experiment?
For colour comic
strip work it has now settled down to blue pencil, felt tip and computer colouring.
To do fully painted comic work is just not cost effective for me which is a shame
as I do enjoy the traditional form of painting.
Who are your
influences, and what current artists do you particularly admire (and why?)
My initial major
influences were Richard Corben, Frank Frazetta and Neil Adams, now I admire too
many artists to name them all, I appreciate them as much for the way they approach
a story as for there artistic influence on me. Frazer Irving, Jock, Simon Davis
and most of the regulars who appear in 2000AD would be in any list I made.
your recent art efforts to the Megazine - do you feel this is a better format
than the regular comic?
I feel they complement
each other very well and work in slightly different ways, but working on longer
episodes in the Megazine format with Monkey on my Back fitted the story
Higgins was commissioned to update his cover for 2000AD 555 when the old logo
(albeit updated) was brought back for prog 1234