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Creating a graphic novel but stopping along the way to take some photos, eat some food and admire great art!

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Harley Quinn by Buddy Prince

Buddy Prince describes his style as “always growing and evolving”. As his showcase piece, he’s using a very nicely pencilled Harley Quinn piece. Unfortunately to fit into the blog, a lot of the detailing was lost. It’s still a very impressive piece.

Where are you from?

Originally Massachusetts. For the past 21 years I’ve lived in the South: North Carolina, Georgia, and then back to Charlotte, NC since 98.

What type of works have you done?

I’ve worked on an Independent book called NIGHT as artist and co creator. I recently had an opportunity to work with Upper Deck, and by extension Marvel on the Marvel Masterpieces 3 card set by doing 150 sketch cards. Right now I’m working with a company called Rittenhouse doing some sketch cards for a couple of projects they have coming out in early 09. I’ve got a few other opportunities in the works that I really hope work out. . .

What type of training have you done?

A little of both self-taught and formal training. I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember. My dad taught me early on; he’d sit with me at the kitchen table and show me how to draw basic things. He was always very patient. From that point on I was always interested in art classes in school, which I followed throughout High School.

I’m not sure why, but I got away from pursuing illustration for a number of years, and didn’t go to college for it, though I would always draw for relaxation. I ended up being creatively stagnated during those years trying to improve, but not having a true focus. I had friends tell me I should pursue it more and finally in the early 90’s got back into illustrating, doing t-shirts and stuff. I’ve only been seriously pursuing becoming a comic book penciller for the last 10 years. I’ve really been doing self-study since then.

And the final question, who do you class as an artistic influence?

As far as influences, there are so many. When I was growing up . . Jack Kirby, John Buscema, Neal Adams, Curt Swan, Ross Andru. . . these days there are a bunch or guys out there whose work is awesome, too many to list. I can usually find something to take away from looking at another artists work. Often its things I feel are areas I need improvement. I try not to copy anyone’s style, I just try to do the best representations of the characters I’m asked to draw.

Thanks for answering all my questions!

Buddy also provided a Black Widow sketch. He establishes Black Widow’s pose in blue line before completing the image. Be sure to check more of his work :

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3 Responses to “Harley Quinn by Buddy Prince”

  1. Violet says:

    Harley is one of the only DC characters I like. She looks so delightfully evil! This is a really interesting interview too, I wish my Dad sat with me to draw!

  2. SIGMATE says:

    Harley is delightfully evil. :) Here’s another Harley pic (more Batman Animated style) :

    http://sigmatestudio.com/2009/01/pillow-fight-by-arie-munroe/

  3. My God! I love that Harley Quinn piece. Another fantastic fine here Stephen.

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