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Creating Comics! by Paul Gulacy, Spencer Drate, Judith Salavetz

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Creative Process
Ah, motorcycles. I love ’em, so whenever I get a
chance to include one (or, in this case, two) in a
drawing, I do it.
This piece appeared as the cover for the alternate
Turtle comic, Tales of the TMNT #17. I really like im-
ages that portray a lot of action, or have some kind
of visual tension. They make a stronger impression
on the viewer.
Composition is always something to keep in mind
when designing your images. Hopefully, you can
draw a zigzag line through the major visual elements
in this drawing.
Title: Cover of Tales of the TMNT #17
Client: Mirage Studios, 2005
Media: Pen on paper
© 2007 Mirage Studios, Inc.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and TMNT are trademarks of Mirage
Studios, Inc. All rights reserved.
This was a really fun yet difficult project for me.
Intrigued and inspired by the Sin City comic series by
Frank Miller, I wanted to attempt an entire comic told
in white silhouette. Out of all of my comic work, this
one has probably inspired the most reaction. Even
though it’s very simple, I guess there’s an unmistak-
able visual strength to it.
As an artist, it was a learning experience to work in
this manner. Instead of the detail of the figures, I had to
think more about the shapes they formed. In a sense,
I’m designing them more than drawing them.
Title: Leonardo Blind Sight #2, p. 24
Client: Mirage Studios, 2006
Media: Pen on paper
© 2007 Mirage Studios, Inc.
B
orn in 1960, Jim Lawson graduated from the Paier
College of Art with a B.F.A. in illustration. Through
a very fortunate convergence of luck and timing,
Lawson fell in with Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, the co-
creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, in 1986.
Twenty-one years later, Lawson is still with Mirage Studios,
until recently holding the position of penciler on the bimonth-
ly black-and-white comic TMNT. His long run with the Turtles
has put him in with an elite club of comic artists whose
exclusivity with one property has spanned decades.
Although the majority of his work has been Turtle-related,
his other credits include Planet Racers, The
Adventures of Guzzi Lemans: Post-Apocalyptic
Biker Chick, and The Collected Paleo: Tales of
the Late Cretaceous. Lawson lives in western
Massachusetts with his wife and three children.
Jim Lawson
88
Creating Comics
Creative Process
Ah, motorcycles. I love ’em, so whenever I get a
chance to include one (or, in this case, two) in a
drawing, I do it.
This piece appeared as the cover for the alternate
Turtle comic, Tales of the TMNT #17. I really like im-
ages that portray a lot of action, or have some kind
of visual tension. They make a stronger impression
on the viewer.
Composition is always something to keep in mind
when designing your images. Hopefully, you can
draw a zigzag line through the major visual elements
in this drawing.
Title: Cover of Tales of the TMNT #17
Client: Mirage Studios, 2005
Media: Pen on paper
© 2007 Mirage Studios, Inc.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and TMNT are trademarks of Mirage
Studios, Inc. All rights reserved.
This was a really fun yet difficult project for me.
Intrigued and inspired by the Sin City comic series by
Frank Miller, I wanted to attempt an entire comic told
in white silhouette. Out of all of my comic work, this
one has probably inspired the most reaction. Even
though it’s very simple, I guess there’s an unmistak-
able visual strength to it.
As an artist, it was a learning experience to work in
this manner. Instead of the detail of the figures, I had to
think more about the shapes they formed. In a sense,
I’m designing them more than drawing them.
Title: Leonardo Blind Sight #2, p. 24
Client: Mirage Studios, 2006
Media: Pen on paper
© 2007 Mirage Studios, Inc.
has put him in with an elite club of comic artists whose
exclusivity with one property has spanned decades.
Although the majority of his work has been Turtle-related,
his other credits include Planet Racers, The
Adventures of Guzzi Lemans: Post-Apocalyptic
Biker Chick, and The Collected Paleo: Tales of
the Late Cretaceous. Lawson lives in western
Massachusetts with his wife and three children.
Jim Lawson
89
Jim Lawson

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