Like everyone at GRCT I’m loving learning about female creators. Today’s creator is Sara Dunkerton! She was lovely enough to answer a few of our questions.
How did you get into comics
– When I was a kid I’d love to create characters and stories (still do!) But when it came to writing these stories down I’d just get too impatient to draw the characters and the things I was writing! So I ended up drawing little comic strips instead!! (and that still holds true today, I’m too which is why I’m no writer!!)
I didn’t get introduced into mainstream comics until I met my boyfriend, Alex. I mean I’d always loved to flick through them when I had the chance, and I’d picked up few Manga titles, but when it came to your Marvel and DC I just didn’t know where to start! But as soon as Alex showed me Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee I was hooked!! Since then my collection has multiplied, and I’ve branched out into indie and small press titles too!!
Tell us a bit about the projects you’ve worked on
I’m currently working on 4 comic projects!
Bayou Arcana was the first to take me on, it’s an anthology collection of gothic/swamp thing-esq stories based on a concept created by Jimmy Pearson. I’m working with writer, Matt Gibbs on a 6 page story called ‘Promises’.
Then Iain Lowson, writer and creator of the Dark Harvest: Legacy of Frankenstein RPG, saw my Bayou Arcana work and asked me if I’d like to work with him on a 6 page intro comic to his RPG called ‘Resistance’. I of course said yes, and this story is actually nearing it’s completion!
Next, when I heard that Stacey Whittle was putting together a fairy tale anthology I just HAD to put myself forward!! So she paired me up with Rich McAuliffe on a fab Red Riding Hood riff!
And Lastly I’m working on another rather brilliant something that I can’t say much about at the moment… Haha!
What is your favourite work that you’ve done so far
I’m only a debuting artist and so the list to pick from is rather limited… But saying that I’m pleased with all that I’ve managed to churn out over the past 6 months or so! Especially my work on Bayou Arcana, as without that I probably wouldn’t be on your radar!! :)
Did you ever get advice about the field that you’d like to pass on?
All my comics knowledge comes from the greats such as Paul Gravett and Scott McCloud to advice and things from those I’ve worked with who know much more than I do!! Though most of the time I’m working on instinct :P
What is your favourite thing to write or draw. From situations to characters to themes, anything goes
Oooo favourite thing to draw… Um… I don’t really know who to answer this as I love to draw so much!! I guess the things I love to draw the most are the things that I can have most fun with!! From characters in fancy frocks and a menagerie of animals, to big explosions and spooky swamps/forests!
In an ideal world, in what direction would you like to see your project evolve?
My current dream is simply to be able to draw full time!! I want to be able to eventually get out of these part time jobs and earn money doing what I love best. After that I’ll just see what opportunities arise and where it takes me!!
Links to your work:
Everything of what I’ve mentioned and more is on my blog! http://saradunkerton.blogspot.com/
And finally your last thought.
Final thoughts: “You fill you days with creating worlds that have meaning and order because ours doesn’t” – Joss Whedon