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Travis Charest FAQ

All items straight from Travis unless otherwise noted. Last Update: 12/01/00

| When can we expect to see the Metabaron book?  
| Do you have any comic character that you would love or fond drawing?  
| Among the current batch of artists, who do you think are the most promising?  
| Who are your favorite artists?  
| At what age did you start drawing?  
| Who influenced you?  
| Just how long does it take you to finish a whole page?  
| Is it true that it took one whole year to complete the Wildcats/X-Men Golden Age book?
| What materials do I use?  
| Upcoming Work  
| Why am I leaving Wildstorm?  
| Do I use any type of references?  
| Special Working techniques

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When can we expect to see the Metabaron book

The Metabaron book will be out by November 2001, knock on wood.

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Do you have any comic character that you would love or fond drawing?

I would like to do something with the Star Wars mythos, and I wouldn't mind taking a stab at Spiderman.

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Who are your favorite artists

My favorites are guys who have been around a while. Mignola, Huges and Bolland among them.

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Among the current batch of artists, who do you think are the most promising

This will sound awful but I don't really follow any of the "new" artists.

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At what age did you start drawing

 I starting drawing very young just like most kids, but I didn't get paid for it until I was grown up.

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Who influenced you

 As for influences, too many to list but I love the illustrators of the early 20th century.

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Just how long does it take you to finish a whole page?

It depends on the page, on what I'm being paid for the page and how fast my editor needs it. The wildcats/x-men book took a while but not a year, I can't remember how long exactly. 

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Is it true that it took one whole year to complete the Wildcats/X-Men Golden Age book?

And for the record, Adam Hughes and I were the only ones of the 4 different artists who finished on time, SO THERE!!

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What materials do I use?

Well, if I'm just pencilling I use mainly 2H lead, to avoid smearing, and sometimes some HB.

For the ink-wash stuff I use rapidiograph ink(the universal draw) and water it down into 3 basic hues, light grey, medium, charcoal, and straight black. I use watercolor brushes in various sizes to apply.

For inking linework I use mainly rapidiographs, from the smallest to almost the biggest size.

And for the color stuff I use "Aquarelle" watercolor pencils, and some acrylic as well for airbrushing.

And last of all I use white pelican ink for the highlights and some other effects like fades and blends.

I used to use regular board for my pages(the stuff the company provides) but now I use "Crescent" board for everthing, it won't warp when wet and it makes for a sharper finished product. I really hate it when you can see all those blue lines and writing on the board (especially if it's going to be framed)

I don't use a computer at this time but I am definitely going to start soon, I think there's going to be a day when any professional is going to have to know how to use one to still work in this field.

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Upcoming Work

I am going to be joining a French company now beginning to branch into American type comics......there are plans to do four 48-52 page books beginning in April. These books will be done in a style similar to the Wildcats/X-men Golden book but with much more color.  The company I will be joining is Humanoids Assoc., the writer (of the book) is the legendary Alexandro Jodorowsky, and the main character is that most bad ass of bad asses The Metabaron, made famous by two other legends of illustration, Moebius and Juan Gimenez.

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Why am I leaving Wildstorm?

There is no great mystery or controversy behind my leaving, I have been at wildstorm since 1994 and many of my best friends have or still do work there. I (and many others I assume) believe that I will probably never be a  "monthly guy". I will still be doing graphic storytelling, because I personally believe this is the best job in the world. However, I do not expect any company to pay me to take 2 or 3 months on 22 pages of art.

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Do I use any type of references?

I only use reference if I have to, for example I just finished a star trek cover and the likeness had to be very authentic, but for my regular work I don't use reference except for things like guns, and vehicles, things that have to look real.

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Working techniques

I don't usually do things ahead of time like blue line or layouts, no lightboxing thumbnails or anything like that. the main reason I don't is two-fold, (1)impatience to begin on the actual piece and (2) a feeling that too much preparation doesn't leave any room for those happy accidents that you can't plan for, the work feels stiff and is less enjoyable when all the potential for surprise is removed.

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