Women in Comics – April Reyna

Artist April Reyna is featured today. She answered our questions, and we’re very happy to include her here!

How did you get into comics?

Back in 1999, a friend going into the military handed me a packet and told me to apply to this place called Heroic Age Studios.  Didn’t have a clue as to what they did, but I filled out the application packet and lo and behold they did the color separations for DC comics.  It was amazing!!!  Prior to this job, I think I had read an entire 10 comic books.  After working there for a spell, they introduced me to my first comic book store, my first comiccon (wizard world chicago), my first for just about everything including working with photoshop.  It was the most interesting job I’ve ever had and I loved it.

Tell us a bit about the projects you’ve worked on.

I’ve done a lot of commission based work.  Pin-up projects, single frame works, and some portraitures.  I have worked on a few comic projects.  My pride and joy is The Mark of the Pterren, which is written by novelist Melissa Stacy.  I also did Major Crush Hazard 3 for writer Kurt Colin, due to be published in the neari future.  I have also had the pleasure of working with Devi Vann regarding her Devi-licious cooking heroine.

What is your favorite work that you’ve done so far?

Hmmm… that is a very good question.  As an independent creator, I have the power to choose projects that I’m passionate about and can truly work on something until I’m happy with it.  That make it very hard to pick a favorite.  Right now i’m working on a series of poker pieces that truly push my limits as an artist (adding multiple characters, scenery, a story that’s tied to the game, etc…).  They are large pieces that take me about three weeks to finish from pencil to prints.  But if I had to pick a story to illustrate as a favorite, I’d have to say The Mark of the Pterren series is bound to be a person fave of mine.  There is just so much to discover and I can’t wait until the writer has the rest of the story for me!

Did you ever get advice about the field that you’d like to pass on?

I gladly take advice from anyone that’ll be constructive and supportive with art industry.  Eric Basulda did a portfolio review with me and help put me on a more solid path of what I want to do.  If I want to be a comic book artist, I need to draw EVERYTHING, not just sexy women.  He also said that I need to work on backgrounds and character interaction.  Stated that I need to do what is important to the story, not just what looks cool, even if that means five pages of people eating waffles.

What is your favorite thing to write or draw?

I love drawing women.  They are beautiful, passionate, intelligent, and strong.  I feel empowered when I can draw exactly that…

In an ideal world, in what direction would you like to see your project evolve?

I would love to work on The Mark of the Pterren and see it picked up for publication.  I think it is a story worthy of an audience.  It would also be a dream come true to see that catapult me into the comic industry as a full time artist.

Links to your work:

I can be found on facebook and deviant art under Reyna Art.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Reyna-art/171684919582247

http://reynaart.deviantart.com/

And finally your last thought.

beware of the zombie apocalypse…!

About Dee

Officially a Canastralian. Longtime comic fan, and lover of the graphic medium. Grey up with the X-Men and Avengers, and moved to the world of DC and independents shortly after. Cosplayer, Costumer, and all around crafty person. Loves to travel and works her butt off for a number of conventions here in Oz.
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