Bryan Lee O’Malley on how he makes the magic – Updated!
Bryan Lee O’Malley reveals a lot about his process, and the reality of the creator’s life, in a questionnaire he filled out for his pal Eric Kim’s class.
4. What do you feel to be the hardest part of making comics?
The hardest part is probably the consistency of it, the constant work and the constant practice required. Every day can feel like you’re starting over from scratch. The other hardest part for me as a maturing creator is, like I said earlier, the divide between writing and drawing. I’m constantly looking for ways to integrate the two aspects to my own satisfaction, but it’s difficult, because I like the structure of a solid plot and I like the spontaneity of coming up with jokes and images while drawing pages. I want it both ways, and that necessitates this division of labour.
There’s lots more at the link, including just how he divides his time between writing and drawing, his favorite equipment, and how he got into the biz to begin with.
UPDATE: And he has posted a huge Flickr set of work-in-progress pictures.