Where are your from?
ATL born and raised.
Where did you grow up?
Born in East Point and later grew up in Union City, Ga
How did your experiences affect your art?
I grew up tagging along, or being dragged along with my pops, also an artist, to work sites to paint murals, create logo designs, T-shirts, you name it. All of that helped me understand the business side of art and my father helped push me to study anatomy and design. His love for comics and sci-fi also influenced me greatly.
What type of stories do you like to make comics about?
Generally, sci-fi, fantasy. I need both or one of those elements to keep my interest.
Whats your process? Elaborate on how you work through your projects. How do you break up your time for your projects at different stages?
With my current story, COUNTER AGENTS, it’s a bit weird. It started as just a sandbox type of project. I planned to do it just to get back into drawing and to figure out the whole system of producing a comic. So, it is in a strange order I guess.
First of all, I have the general direction of the story in mind.
Then, I visualize it and sketch it out.
Once I get the details down, I drop lines and then I render the backgrounds.
After that, I color the characters and add shadows and effects.
Finally, I work out the script. Lol which is usually first.
What do you recommend to aspiring artists that you wish you had known much earlier? What would you tell yourself 20 years ago?
Don’t be ashamed or afraid of cheating. Especially, if you’re a one person studio. Design your backgrounds for multipurpose use. Every major studio cheats lol. Don’t kill yourselves with perfectionism.
What do you love best about making comics?
Creating new worlds
What do you wish was different about the comics industry?
I wish the US industry would let the characters grow old and die. I wish the characters didn’t have so much plot armor and were more mortal. Pass the torch.
Which books do you recommend artists should have in their reference library? Favorite instructional material?
Any anatomy book with people with imperfect bodies. Perspective books also. I don’t have any specific books myself as I feel u can learn from just observation. Life drawing is the best. I mean Picasso paid prostitutes. No books lol. And nothing beats learning from your peers.
Top 5 Favorite Artists?
My pops is always at the top - Alvin Stewart
Yusuke Murata - illustrator of One Punch Man
Taguchi Masayuki - illustrator of Black Joke
I’m really digging Sanford Greene right now
Also Shawna Mills
But the list may change by the end of the week lol
Top Favorite Comic characters?
By far, Thanos of Marvel lore.
After that Majeh from the King of Hell manga series.
Top 5 Favorite comics, graphic novels?
Right now -
My Hero Academia
The World War Hulk and Planet Hulk series
What type of work are you interested in doing? Now? In the future?
Primarily, comics. Maybe some motion comics in the future and of course a bit of animation. But really more of a director/producer role for animation lol.
How can others find/ purchase your work? Website, social media link, etc
My website is ndgoink.com where u will also find my webcomic COUNTER AGENTS..
@Ndgo on Instagram
You can find me on FB, Twitter, Instagram, and at NDGOink if not just by my name.
a snippet from my next project: ISSHO NI
Voyage ATL on online platform that showcases artists and businesses did a nice piece on us. We shared our story, what we do and why. Learn more of our story.
Saint Love City Funk: Boogie Down Blues is the first issue in this Prime Vice Comics series. Check out the trailer for a sneak preview.
It is now available to purchase ($2.99) on Comixology.
Saint Love City Funk:
Boogie Down Blues #1
Boogie Down Blues
Teenage musician Santos La Cruz just got dumped by Porcelina Snow. He tries to play the blues on his guitar which falls apart on him. This takes him on a journey of unexpected encounters that change him forever. A fun filled fantasy full of music and misadventures.
A Saint Love City Funk comic video short featuring Santos La Cruz. Enjoy!
Comedian Nita Cherise & writer Nikki Igbo hired PVS to produce the cover art for their podcast Rappin’ Atlanta. An enlightening podcast where they discuss the FX show Atlanta and other relevant topics.
Two chicks, one who lives in Atlanta and one who lives in NOLA, discuss @AtlantaFX because of yes. Wanna deep dive with us? Plz listen up. Preesh!
Nita Cherise & Nikki Igbo
Prime Vice Studios hosted three 1 hour Fresh Voices Comic Creation Workshops at the AMFM Summer Festival. August 8-10 at The Bakery ATL’s Hangar. The Art on the Atlanta BeltLine program initiative is sponsored this event. It was free to the public and all ages were welcome. We used our signature Fresh Voices Comic Creation workbooks for this event. All attendees received a copy to work in and take home.
Here are the live stream videos of our workshops on each day.
The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive transportation and economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs currently underway in the United States.
The Bakery Atlanta is a multi-faceted arts complex with a focus on community engagement, environment, education, and new technology. We offer private studios, community and workshop space, a conference room, a multi-use gallery and several venues as well as outdoor event space.
This week learn how to utilize the subjective camera technique to create compelling comic sequences. Lets go!
When making comics your primary objective is to stimulate an emotional response in the reader.
What is the Subjective Camera?
The Subjective Camera is when you see the action (or much of it) from the character’s point of view.
Why use the Subjective Camera Technique?
Using the Subjective Camera (SJ) technique serves the purpose of stimulating an emotional response from the viewer by placing them in the character’s shoes.
By getting in the character’s head you see what they see & feel how they feel.
The S C Technique follows a 4 part formula. First start with a close-up of the character. The one you want to use to bring the reader into the story.
* A close-up is when the panel is zoomed in close.
Second, show the following shots from the character’s point of view. As if you were seeing through the character’s eyes.This allows us to see what they see. Below I am doing a POV shot from another character to build up anticipation.
Now show the character again but with a different expression. The reader will feel what the character feels. Check out how I switched him from looking nervous to more menacing in this shot.
Lastly, add additional panels to show the spatial relationships and passage of time. Make the sequence of events & actions as coherent and clear as possible.
The Subjective Camera Technique is useful for making compelling scenes in your comic. Storytelling can be tricky when it comes to pacing a sequence of events. As a cartoonist you want to be able to keep your reader’s attention engrossed as possible in your story not just demonstrate elaborate talent or boring panels. Make magic happen in your sequences by paying attention to the panel compositions and how they will keep a grip on your readers. Give them a clear & emotionally impactful story. They’ll love you for it.
Thank you for checking out this week’s tutorial. I hope you’ve found it useful. Please add any comments below. I love to read and follow up from my fellow artists. Additionally, Prime Vice Studios is available to help people on their comic creation journeys. Hire us for professional assistance at any level of your creative process. From conception to creation we are experts at helping others develop their vision.
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