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Life & Work with Rob Hicks

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rob Hicks.

Alright, thank you for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us how you got started?
My life has always centered around my creativity, independence, and the attempt to master my imagination. My art career is something I use as a vehicle for expressing that. My only regret is that I didn’t get started sooner in life with a career as a comic book artist. I’m just arriving at the point where I feel like I have mastered the basics and can begin to produce some visually dynamic work. I’ve always had an overactive imagination, and I try to use that to push and develop my drawing further. As a comic book artist and fan, I’m constantly looking to impress myself, first and foremost, with my artwork. Beauty, power, and fluidity are the three basic elements that I try to achieve with pretty much anything I draw. Creating characters and drawing comic books has been almost a lifelong passion of mine. It is a labor of love, but the most rewarding is seeing the joy and excitement it brings to comic book fans who enjoy my work. For that reason, I founded Spiral Ink Comics (SIC) in 2013 as a means for me to share all that I create and produce as an independent comic book artist with any fans of the culture and medium.

Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Stepping out as an independent comic artist is one of the most liberating and difficult things I’ve ever done. Very rewarding but struggles and hardships always come with that, as with most things that are worth achieving personally. I would say that the biggest obstacles I’ve faced have been self-doubt, ignoring the nagging fear of failure, and the desire to be validated by peers and other artists I admire. I strive to impress myself, which can be next to impossible most days! Artistically, the only challenge I have daily is getting better and stronger in the areas I struggle with.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I have been drawing for most of my life, but I ventured into the comic book art world about 22 years ago. I feel my art style falls in line with most mainstream western comic book art. I take the dynamic action approach with most of the stuff I draw mainly because I like how it looks, and it’s enjoyable for me to draw. I could be wrong here, but I think I’ve gained most of my popularity from how I draw women and action scenes. People seem to respond well to it! I grew up reading many Marvel, DC, and independent comic book titles from the late ’80s to the ’90s. Comic book illustration and the art of visual storytelling have fascinated me since childhood. Artists such as Jim Lee, Frank Frazetta, Paolo Serpieri, Todd McFarlane, and Michael Turner are some of my biggest inspirations that helped me to develop my current drawing style.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you.
Luck has always been a curious concept because I don’t subscribe to the idea of chance. I believe that everything happens for a reason and that there is no such thing as coincidences.

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