Name: Chelsea Crutchley
Type of Creator: Artist, writer
List your work:
- Stray Sod
- The Money Tree (children’s book in production)
- Freelance illustration
What do you like about comics? What is it about them that interests you? Inspires you? Moves you?
What is the most important thing people need to know about comics? There’s a comic to match every taste.
As an artist, what medium do work in? Pencils? Ink? Digital?
Primarily digital–a Cintiq and Photoshop.
As a writer, pen or keyboard?
I type much faster than I write, and it aggravates the carpal tunnel less.
What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to work? Do you have a routine?
The routine needs constant tweaking. For instance, I always want to open my email first, but then there goes a good hour or so of my work time. When I get around to actually *working*, I’ll usually warm up and overcome that “fear-of-the-blank-page” thing by roughing out a new page or two based on previous thumbnails. Then I’ll make a fresh cup of tea and get down to the stuff that really takes up my time–the inking.
Maintaining discipline working at home. There are so many distractions and the housework is always in your periphery. In addition, people often assume you are available simply because you’re at home.
Who is your favourite comic character?
Sister Peace the bearded nun.