Today’s Guest: Camilla d’Errico, manga artist, creator, Helmetgirls, Tanpopo, author, Pop Manga
The thing I know for sure about artists – whether established veterans or determined beginners – is that they are always eager to learn something new about technique or the tools of the trade.
As a long-time wannabe artist myself, I can still remember my kindly old high school art teacher telling me how I had more ideas than talent. But I remain fascinated by people who can do it, so I’ve been thrilled to host a series of talented artists on this show, including Mark Schultz, Christopher Hart, Chris Browne, Mark Anderson, Barbara Slate, and Richard Minsky, many of whom have given demonstrations and explanations of how they do what they do.
CAMILLA d’ERRICO podcast excerpt: “The very first Helmetgirl I ever did was because I failed at drawing goggles. They were massive and I was, like, ‘Oh, God, I’m messing this up!’ I thought, ‘Just keep adding, keep adding, and it will get better. You’ll get through it!’ That’s how I created my first Helmetgirl and I thought, ‘That’s kinda cool!’ I had tapped into this other part of my creativity where I really liked industrial machinery. My father had three daughters—no sons. I was the tomboy, always doing stuff with my dad, tinkering in his shop. I would go to Home Hardware with him and go, ‘Oh, my God, look at all these things!'”
Joining this esteemed group today is cartoonist Camilla dD’Errico, creator of her own properties, Tanpopo and Helmetgirls, as well as being a leader in the international pop surrealism movement for her uniquely styled oil paintings. Of course, you may also know her for her work with Dark Horse and Image Comics, Tokyopop, Hasbro, Disney, Sanrio, and even best-selling author Neil Gaiman.
Camilla just published her first art instructional guide, the beautifully illustrated Pop Manga: How to Draw the Coolest, Cutest Characters, Animals, Mascots and More. It was written with Stephen W. Martin, whose own credits include The CW’s long-running series “Supernatural” and USA’s “Psyche.”
If you’re already a fan of Camilla d’Errico, you’ll want to know that she will be launching a redesigned website and new e-store soon @ CamilladErrico.com. And look for 48-hour only sales of super-limited fine art prints on the new site.
In addition, Camilla will do a book signing for Pop Manga at Golden Age Collectibles in Vancouver on Saturday, October 26 and she will also be in Los Angeles from November 1-3 for Comikaze Convention.