Are there any books or anything that you think can help a person learn to draw? I don't mean be a great artist, just so I can draw something other than stick figures...
For comics, try How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way by Stan Lee and John Buscema. It covers some pretty essential basics about drawing as well, condensed into a very reader-friendly format. Beyond that, all it really takes is practice, and in doing this practice you’ll eventually develop your own style and discover your own solutions to the tricks of the trade.
Hey Frazer, I was just wondering if you have anything coming out soon that I should keep an eye out for? Ever since your run on Uncanny X-Men ended I've been bummed out! You really are a fresh and exciting talent in an industry where everyone seems to be drawing the same way. I can't wait for for your book with Morrison!
Yo! Well, I think the next thing from me on the shelves will indeed be Annihilator with Grant, and that won’t be seeing the light of day until some point next year :( On the plus side tho, I have a few other things lined up for next summer so there’ll be a glut of the Irv next fall. In the meantime I’ll be posting all the covers I do for Boom here, as well as other personal art which should entertain in a non-narrative fashion.
Hi! Will you be working with Mr. Spurrier in the foreseeable future? *please, please, be a positive answer. Please* Your art rocks my world. Also, i wish you the very best.
Heh, well I *will* be working with Si at some point over the next year (or so) as we resolve the epic Gutsville for re-release, tho that’s been on the stove for quite a few years so I don’t know if it constitutes a new collaboration. When it’s done it will be brilliant tho, and I hope it will continue to cause seismic activity in your world. Hurrah!
Hi Mr Irving, just to wish you all the success you deserve and hope to see your art on more books, I saw X-Men terrific art. Years ago you send me a sketch of Judge Death (Im from Argentina) and that was and incredible gift from you. Again, I think you are the best artist on the medium, any chance that you return to 2000AD or Judge Death? Kind Regards, wish you the best Mr!!!! Pablo from Argentina (forgive my English!!!)
Hi Pablo! Yes, I recall that sketch, it was one of the last actual working sketches I made before I made the switch to digital art! I’m glad it still lives with its owner :D No plans to return to Judge Death at the moment due to my work on Annihilator with Grant, but that doesn’t mean I’m closed to the idea in the future. Hope all is well in Argentina!
Hey, could you possibly know [and tell] the publication date for "Annihilator"? Also, will you be back in Uncanny X-Men? Doing interiors and such? An alternative cover, maybe? You are/might just be the best thing that ever happened to the X-books. Yeah, that's how much I love your art. Keep up the good work.
Hello! It’s not for me to reveal any details regarding Annihilator yet, as that’s in the sticky hands of the mercurial marketing department at Legendary, so you’ll have to wait to see what they say when they say it.
As for the X-Men, well I’m currently 100% involved with Annihilator for the next bunch of months which rules out any more X-stuff until next year at the earliest (if I was to be invited to contribute that is). I’m glad U liked what I brought to the comic, I was particularly proud of what came out as well, and that’s rare for me as I feel like the Woody Allen of comics in that I never like my pages when I do them due to seeing all the faults, tho that’s changed a bit since the X-Men as I like my work a bit more now.
Recovering from NYCC right now, but I’m itching to get back into the groove and make more pix so that folks like you can enjoy them :)
When you look at your own art, how do you judge it? As in, what do you look for to see if it's up to snuff?
Difficult to say, as over the years I’ve internalised the process and now I just call it “instinct”. There’s a degree of flexibility that comes with that, so what passes the test now may fall short of my standards ten years from now (or tomorrow, depending on my mood) but it all happens on such a level that I can;t pick it apart and say stuff like “I use the golden section” or “I flip the drawing to see if it looks like it’s falling over” or other little tricks sometimes employed along the learning route. My basic rule of thumb is if I like looking at it then it’s good enough to put out there.
Is this the same Frazer that taught me how to draw spiders in Christchurch Infants school in Ilford in the 1970s?
There is only ONE Frazer that ever taught anyone to draw spiders, so yes. I have a memory of doing that (a black dot followed by 4 legs either side) but I can’t remember who it was that I taught, anonymous. Who *are* you?
Today my penultimate issue of Uncanny X-Men debuts on shelves and comixology. To celebrate this, I will post a little something that may be of interest to some of you who are reading/enjoying what I’ve been doing on that comic. Tho I will have to wait until later in the evening so it doesn’t spoil anything…
Somewhere between there and here and look it’ll happen ok. Keep cool, eat well and be nice to animals, I’ll be inching slowly towards completing (and indeed revitalising and remastering) this epic tale of 6 parts.
Why does every tv show with Summer Glau get canceled?
Because we are not worthy to watch her yet. We must save the animals, the forests, the internet and the moon before we deserve to have a complete run of any series starring her. Alternatively it could be that Fox is crap and has no taste.
hey! Your art work is really inspiring and got me back into making comics. I was curious how you go about digitally painting and drawing your images? Do you ink and then go in to color, or do you do everything direct? Thanks!
Hello anonymous. Good to hear I helped inspire u back into doodling! As for my method, it does vary over time, but currently I work in greyscale with colour layers above setting the tone, and then once the details are done I refine the hues slightly to create depth etc. I’m in the process of shifting that tho, dividing the colours between colour layers and actual colours painted directly onto layers, which is more of the old skool method. The benefits of working in grey with colour layers is that one can modify details without cocking up all the precious colourwork one has done.
Do you plan on ever returning to Batman? Your work on Batman and Robin Must Die is my absolute favorite!
Not in the near future, no. I think my relationship with the Bat-verse was more of a connection with the Morrison Bat-verse, and now he’s done with it I’m not so sure I’ll be treading that path again anytime soon, but that could of course change if I was offered the chance to write and draw my own stories. Because I am a control freak obv. Thanks for the praise tho, I’m so glad u like it :D
Hello, I’m the Jack Point cosplayer in SDCC! I’m so glad you liked my cosplay, and I plan on bringing more Wally Squad judges to real life in upcoming conventions. I’ve always loved Jack Point ever since I read him in Gumshoe, and found him again in Trifecta. He’s my favorite 2000AD character! It’s been a honor to cosplay The Simping Detective, and I plan to keep cosplaying him again in other cons, only better. I’ll have the stumm-gas whoopie cushion and the razor-tipped bow-tie and everything.
Good man! If u make it to NYCC this year come visit whatever 2000AD booth is there, and we can cook up a quick fumetti style phot-comic (which will obviously be retouched in potatoshop afterwards for the FX etc).
I love the instant connectivity of this interweb thing. Beats the crap out of letters and telephones.
Ok, so at SDCC this weekend there was this chap who had cosplayed as Jack Point The Simping Detective, which is a character I co-created. This being the first time anyone has cosplayed as a character I “birthed” I am wondering if this cosplayer is out there in the Tumblrverse and can show themselves so I can offer up praise for this most excellent of costumes.
Hi there! Not sure if your art is made exclusively on a digital medium, but if not, or if the answer lies somewhere in between, I'm curious to know how one could buy you original art or if you have a dealer? Thank you. Massive fan of your work!
Hello Massive Fan! The art is 100% digital thesedays, so no original art whatsoever. This is the number 1 question I get asked, which is nice because it means the art isn’t so obviously digital, and that’s all part of my master plan.
hello frank im a big fan,and im curious if you use a lot of references on your art,or if you are really the drawing from memory guy,also i find your shading very interresting,what would you reccomend to someone learning to shade?,keep up work man
Frank? Hmmmm ¬_¬ In answer to your question, I use *some* reference, but mostly it’s all from the head as I find that is a purer form of storytelling. The reference only usually comes out when I just can’t get a pose right and I need pointers, or if time is short and I can’t waste hours redrawing stuff. As for learning to shade, look at Sin City.
I recently saw your art at the uncanny x-men and it just blew my mind, before that comic i used to think that a good drawing for a comic was one that represented the reality exactly as it is and your drawing is so good and artistic that changed my way of thinking about a good drawing. what i wanted to know is: are your drawings hand-made?(sorry for the bad english, brazilian fan here)
I’m glad I have corrupted you! Yes, the ideal of art being photo-realistic was one I had as a kid until I encountered some of the more wildly dynamic art of 80s Marvel comics (Bill Sienkiewicz was a prime example of this, followed later by Richard Corben, Kyle Baker, Frank Miller and others) which clearly shaped my own art considerably. I have found that the errors in the depiction of an object actually become the style…that is to say that the gaps in understanding how form works is filled with guess-work by the artist, and it’s that very invention that mixes expression with depiction. I hope that makes sense, but if it doesn’t, I am glad u like the art regardless :D
Would you be attending MCM in London? If so would you have pre-show list?
I am indeed attending MCM this month, but due to me having eleventy million pages to draw I won’t have time to do a sketch list for this show :( All I’ll be able to provide is signing for books and the quickest of doodles (providing the line isn’t too long).
I just recently started viewing your artwork and it's absolutely amazing! I see that you're on board Uncanny X-Men for issues 5, 6, and 7, do you have more issues lined up for Uncanny in the future? Thanks!
I cannot say! I’d like to do more simply because I hate working on characters for short periods and then leaving them just as we get to know each other, but these decisions are not made by me. Glad u like it tho!