Creator Profile: Chelsea Crutchley

Name:  Chelsea Crutchley

Type of Creator: Artist, writer

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List your work:

  • Stray Sod
  • The Money Tree (children’s book in production)
  • Freelance illustration

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What was the first comic you read?
Penny Stables and Betty & Veronica, probably around the same time.
What inspired you to make comics? A specific story? Writer? Artist?
I can blame Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” for pretty much everything.  As a kid I made comics as a sort of “shorthand” animation–I wanted to go be an animator at Disney until one hand-drawn animation summer camp cured me of that ambition.  I kept drawing comics, though; often while I should have been taking notes at school.  I went to art school thinking I could still somehow make a living through drawing, perhaps as a commercial artist.  It wasn’t until I read Kazu Kibushi’s Flight anthologies that I learned that comics were a much more versatile medium than I thought, and maybe it was something I could pursue after all.

What do you like about comics? What is it about them that interests you? Inspires you? Moves you? 
I enjoy making comics because you as an individual can control every aspect of the story, as if writing a novel, but you also have more influence over the reader’s experience–the environment, the look of the characters, the blocking, the pacing–as if making a movie.

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.

Frustrations/challenges?

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.

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