Interview with Dave Harrigan

Q1: Let’s start with the common question, if you can kindly introduce yourself.

A:  My name is David Harrigan and I’m a freelance graphic artist.  I am also known by my pen name “Artassassin” which I have been using for over 10 years.


Q2: How did you get into the field of your work?

A:  I have always loved drawing and art since I was a child.  Since I was very small, I’ve dreamed of working in the comic book field.  It’s been a dream that, although faltering at some times, I’ve chased my whole life.


Q3: Do you have any current favourite artists, comic artists, photographers who may have influenced you to become the artist that you are?

A:  I love all sorts of art and find myself to find inspiration in many different artists.  A small sampling of some of my all time favorites are Gil Elvgren, Adam Hughes, Bruce Timm, Andy Kuhn, Todd McFarlane, Alex Ross, Mugi Tokisaka, Shunya Yamashita, Makoto Uno, Yasushi Nirasawa, Kotoyoshi Yumisuke, Amanda Conner, Frank Cho and Jason Pearson.  But that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Q4: What are the main tools of your trade?

A:  For digital work, I rely primarily on Photoshop with a Wacom Tablet to do all my coloring.  For traditional, I love using Copic markers and whatever else I can get my hands on.


Q5: How was it for you to learn the process of that? Did you teach yourself, take classes or learn from other existing artist’s tutorial?

A:  A lot of what I do is self-taught with the help of a tutorial here and there when I get stuck.  When I first started looking at computer coloring, it was a lot of trial and error to try to get the same results as what I was seeing.  I always keep my eyes and mind open for new techniques and material that can help me become a better artist.


Q6: Do you think its possible for you to describe the process of your art style, what are the dos and don’ts, the important aspects you set yourself to achieve your style of design?

A:  My style is really a combination of all the things I love in art and drawing.  It’s sort of an amalgamation of western comic book styles mixed with Asian anime and manga influences and some animation thrown in. I took elements I enjoyed from each area and combined it together.  Most importantly is that I wanted to be myself and not try to emulate another artist.  I can fluxuate my style at times and go more cartoonish or more realistic, but I always try to stay true to myself.


Q7: What are the biggest struggles you encounter as an artist?

A:  As an artist who also has a day job, that can sometimes be a struggle in trying to get everything done in the day.  I usually end up sacrificing sleep lol.

Q8: Do you have any other future plans that don’t involve creative art?

A:  Not really.  Aside from family plans, pretty much any other plan I have involves creative art.


Q9: Do you have any personal mottos, quotes or existing quotes that motivates you to do what you love doing? Can you share it with us or provide words of wisdom from your experiences for those who look up to you?

A:  “Do the Impossible”.  I’ve found out over the years that your mindset can dictate your future.  If you think something is impossible and unachievable, it will be.  If you view every task as completely within your grasp, it will be.  Maybe not instantly, but you will achieve it.  Most of all, no matter what life throws at you, look at it dead in the eye, smirk and say, “Come at me, bro.”


Q10: What do you think the future will hold for all artists from all backgrounds from now?

A:  With digital media and handheld devices, the future is wide open for artists.  I foresee that smaller companies and individuals will be on the same playground as larger corporations when it comes to digital media.


Q11: To round off the last question, where can your fans and new fans find updated news and progress from you,  – Where can we find you?

A:  I’m all over the place but you can find me most at the following areas: (you can also find links to some of my other pages on this main page)

Don’t be shy, when you drop in say Hi!

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