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What Does an Illustrator Do?

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With artist Kalman Andrasofszky


What could be more thrilling than to see your words come alive in pictures? But what goes into the creation of those pictures, whether it’s a book cover, interior illustration, marketing images, or other art? This week we talk with artist Kalman Andrasofszky, who sheds light, and not a little color, on the question.

Kalman Andrasofszky is a freelance illustrator. He’s had an eclectic career, illustrating comic books, magazines, and roleplaying games; storyboarding movies and commercials; supplying design work for animation and videogames; and even once creating military propaganda.

In comics Kalman has worked for DC, Marvel, Image, and Devils Due Productions producing art and covers for titles like Action Comics, The Outsiders, Ion, Vampi, GI Joe, Put the Book Back on the Shelf, and Vengeance of the Mummy.

He’s produced a particularly massive volume of art for Wizards of the Coast’s various roleplaying game lines including Dungeons & Dragons, Star Wars, and D2O Modern.

In 2003 he designed, drew, and colored the comic book series iCandy for DC Comics. Before that he spent a year as lead character designer on a massively multiplayer online game.

Kalman keeps a studio in Toronto’s Annex neighborhood.

Please join us for this inside look at the world of pictures, as Kalman explains:

  • What the difference is between art and illustration
  • Whether his projects start with the art or the writing
  • What the process is when illustrating for a client
  • How he decides what goes in the picture
  • What materials he works with
  • What a colorist is, and why he or she is so important
  • How he creates characters
  • What he does about facial expressions
  • How he feels about illustrating superheroes
  • What sort of illustration he’d most like to do
  • What artists and writers have in common
  • How writers can work with him
  • Why his site is called “horhaus.”

Interviewee: Kalman Andrasofszky
Host: Paula B
Date: September 18, 2006
Running time: 56:24
File size: 41 megabytes
Rating: PG
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