This is truly Amanda’s worst nightmare: talking about herself. Normally extremely quiet, she found from an early age that she was more expressive with weird little scribbles that she’d eventually call her art than she was with words when she actually talked. So she decided to pursue art for a career, and did the whole nine-yards of going to art school for Illustration and Fine Art, only to land a full-time job as a graphic designer. As a way to vent from the creative restrictions of her graphic design work, she started abstract painting and picking up a crap ton of freelance opportunities to feed her true creative and expressive side. She’s often lost in thought when she’s not drawing and often drawing her thoughts when she gets a chance to hold a pencil or a paintbrush. On those occasions when she’s coherently doing something and not lost in thought, she can be found out in the field with her horse and her dogs.
More of Amanda’s work can be viewed on her WEBSITE.
Which creators are inspirations to you?
Yoshitaka Amano, Gustav Klimt, Hiroaki Samura, Rafael Albuquerque, and Kent Williams. I’m also throwing Stephen King in here.
What is your favorite part of drawing/coloring?
Having a creative release for my troubles, stress, craziness and randomness that can be appreciated. It’s nice and gratifying that when I’m having a bad day to come home and draw and seeing something positive come out it all. It’s also just fun being able to share my ideas with other people using unique visuals that expresses who I am as an artist and an individual.
Simple enough, I love good art, I love a good story, it’s an awesome opportunity to combine some epic eye candy with some epic word candy. There are so many different art and writing styles and so many ways to combine them, it’s hard to feel bored with this format.
Favorite comic of all time?
Blade of the Immortal by Hiroaki Samura is my top pick; art and story are unbelievably epic. Closely followed by American Vampire with art from Rafael Albuquerque.
Favorite comic movie of all time?
The one I bet would go in this slot I didn’t get a chance to see in theaters…so I’m waiting for the DVD release…looking at you Deadpool.
Worst comic movie?
Does it count that Green Lantern with Ryan Reynolds just looked horrible based on the commercials? Never saw it but there was no way I was gonna waste my money on that.
Do you listen to music, watch A Certain show or are you in silence When You draw/color?
Depends. If I’m doing art and working on my freelance for other people and clients, it’s music all the way. When I’m doing personal art, I normally spam King of the Hill or Simpsons, and when it goes to commercial break I open up my iTunes and blast a song or two that’s in my queue.
Mallory (Broken Icon Comics)