Name: Rachel

Specialties (i.e inker, penciler, computer colorer, painter):

Digital comic art and illustration

Style / Genre:

Cartoony/anime inspired, with a bit of whimsical fantasy mixed in

Contact info:

@drawsfromrachel on Twitter

rachelsdraws on Tumblr

Page rate for commissions:

$100-130/page for full comic art, but prices may vary by the scope and complexity of each project. Let’s talk about it!

Rate for Prints of original work:

Contact me for inquiries!

Current affiliations:

Currently, my main commitment is pencils and inks for comic series Powers Squared! [ ] 

Previous work:

“The Adventures of Jacob the Technician,” an educational comic book [ ]

Game Grumps V zine [ ]

Just the Two of Us II — A KorraSami zine [ ]

SPLASH! Memories of Summer [ ] 

Current projects:

Penciler/inker for Powers Squared, written by David and Paul Hankins. I’ve also recently started work on some children’s book illustrations which I’m very excited about! 

What was your first project that made you feel like a real artist and how did you get it?:

As a senior sequential art student at SCAD, I made concept art, layouts and storyboards for several senior animations (not because I had to, but because I wanted some proper film credits under my belt before entering the workforce). It was a ton of work, but collaborating with a team and contributing to a big project like an animated short was so special to me, it felt like after all my artistic development in high school and college I was finally coming into my own. Not to mention it helped me develop stronger time management skills and discipline, since I was working on so many different films!

What is your primary inspiration when creating art?:

The stuff I like to read/watch/play! Studio Ghibli movies are really good at getting my creative juices flowing, especially the gripping stories and the magnificent fantasy worlds. 

What other artists do you use to learn technique?: For much of my artistic development, I studied Disney animations and concept art to improve and inform my style — James Baxter, Glen Keane, Mary Blair and Shiyoon Kim are particularly big influences of mine. I was also highly influenced by animated shows like Adventure Time, Lucky Star, and Naruto.

Where would you like to see yourself in five years with your art?:

Hopefully I’ll be working on more children’s books/comics. For a long time I’ve dreamed of making multilingual books for kids (like Spanish-English, Chinese-English, etc.) — I’m a big nerd for languages and human cultures in general, and it’s so important that our kids learn about cultures other than their own!

What would your dream project be?:

I’d love to work on an animated feature! Especially visual development like character and background design.


Final four questions –we ask everybody

Q) When the zombies take over the world where will you be?

Hiding out in a Five Guys, enjoying my fill of Cajun fries and Diet Coke before the zombies take me.

Q ) How do you identify Jedi, lesbian, Ninja, gay, vampire, bisexual, were-wolf, transgender,  pirate, asexual,  fairy, aromantic, sith, intersex,  Spartan, non-binary, wizard, genderfluid,  time lord , queer,  …?  ?

Queer cisgender woodland creature

Q) What piece of art, be it in the form of music, a book, a film or picture, do you think people must experience before they die?

Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke, a flawless masterpiece that will never get old.

Q) Give one fact that most people would not believe about you? 

Despite being a long-time vegan and hardcore animal lover, I’m a huge fan of taxidermy! I also really like preserved animal parts like horns and skulls (the ethically sourced variety, of course)

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