Hello, everyone! Welcome to another fantastic interview on Creator Spotlight where we showcase the talented creators who bring amazing stories to life. Today, we’re excited to introduce you to Sushy, a comic artist and illustrator from the Netherlands. Since 2014, Sushy has been delighting readers with their charming slice-of-life comic. Join us as we dive into Sushy’s world, learn about their creative journey, and explore the heartwarming stories they’ve crafted. Let’s get started!
Hi there! My name is Sushy, I am a comic artist and illustrator from the Netherlands. I have been making a slice of life comic since 2014.
I have been drawing comics since elementary school. After learning writing and reading, I really liked reading comics so I wanted to make my own. I actually started out making a short comic and I still do that now!
First I only made comics on paper. I would give them out to be read by classmates or family members. It took a long time until I was able to get a scanner (I think I was around 12 or 13?). When I got the scanner I could scan my drawings to the computer. I would figure out how to make illustrations and comics in Photoshop Elements 2.0 (yeah that is a long time ago!) After a while I got Photoshop CS3 Extended for art school and worked with that. Nowadays I still work with Photoshop CS6.
My slice of life comics are basically things that I experience in real life and then convert into a comic.
I found out about Tapas through a forum post on DeviantART (when they were just starting out). I liked that they had this plan to share ad revenue with the comic artists. And I like that it has a comments feature so that people can comment properly. If you want that on your own website, things can get pretty complicated.
The “wall” of your profile where people can leave comments and such, is not available in the app (only on desktop). I think that is quite confusing for people.
There is more variety. In my country if you walk in a regular book store they only have a few comics: Donald Duck, Suske and Wiske and maybe some Marvel stuff. There is way more choice in the indie scene. I hope the comic industry will try to sell some unknown names too.
I don’t have any I think? I mostly use the yonkoma format, so I guess that is it?
I also make illustrations and pixel art.
The biggest issues are motivation and finding the time to create. For motivation I just don’t wait for it anymore. If I wait until I have motivation for anythinhg, I could wait a century. If I have a plant to do something, I just try to do it as quickly as I can. For finding time, that is a struggle. Not having a steady job helps (in a way) but I don’t recommend it.
Yes, for comics it has been Jen Jen Rose with her 4 panel life comics. I also really like reading hourly comic day comics, they really inspire me as well. I like seeing the every day life of people and that is something I share in my comics as well.
I recommend not worrying about style so much. And the best advice I ever picked up was, do what you can with what you have.
When I get an idea, I write it down in the Notes app on my phone. Then I sketch the comic with pencil, ink it with fineliner. I scan it and I color it with Photoshop.
By running out of time all the time. I feel like there is never enough hours in the day. I assign hours to specific tasks.
Advertising a lot, and if it doesn’t work getting a parttime job.
To be honest, I don’t think I stay very updated on the latest trends and developments.
It seems like most things are either online or through conventions. For the future of comics I think it is important that comics become more available locally (in a shop). This way more people can encounter it by accident.
Yes, most collaborations I have done have been paid collaborations. I learnt to view comics more as a job and actually learnt writing scripts properly.
My goal has always been the same, earning a living through my art. I would love to just live on my comic but for that I would need a way bigger audience. My plan is to grow my audience more.
By making a spread sheet of my income through client work. I am most proud of receiving a Daily Deviation this year. It is not comic related, but I am also an illustrator.
A reader messaged me that my comics about getting a root canal treatment helped them going through some dental surgery as well. That was really great to hear. It made me realize that I can make impact with this comic (even though it is small).
And that’s a wrap on our wonderful interview with Sushy, the talented comic artist and illustrator from the Netherlands. We hope you’ve enjoyed discovering their delightful slice-of-life comic and getting a glimpse into the creative mind behind it. Don’t forget to check out Sushy’s comic on Tapas and visit their website to learn more about their work. As always, stay tuned for more incredible creator spotlights, and until next time, keep supporting and celebrating the amazing talents in our community!
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