September has been a fun month to visit David Hurley’s wonderful webcomic “Don’t Pick the Flowers”. Now that you’ve taken some time to familiarize yourself with David’s work, let’s take a little bit of time and learn some more about David himself as he takes on our “10 Questions for the Pick of the Month”. We here at the Webcomic Alliance hope that this will server as a way to allow you the reader to get to know the artist a bit more and feel more connected to them. So without further ado let’s go meet David.
1: First comic you read as a child?
My first memory of comics that stands out was seeing an article about Pogo by Walt Kelly at my Grandmother’s house. I remember loving the comic art. The first comic I actually bought when I was very young was an Archie comic. Unfortunately, for the life of me, I cannot remember which one or what I did with it.
2: Who is your greatest influence(s) as an Artist/creator?
As far as comics and animation during my childhood years, I would say Walt Disney or Charles Schulz as I got older Berkeley Breathed and Tim Burton.
3: Required drawing equipment or writing necessities.
Pencil and paper, I say that because that’s where it all begins for me.
4: Where did you go to school and what was your major?
West Kentucky College, at the time I had upper level classes that is not offered now in the Art department (that I am aware of). Two of my favorite teachers who ran the art department at the time were Susan Dawson and Roger Tritely. My major was Studio Art and Art Education.
5: Three adjectives to describe yourself that has nothing to with comics?
Driven, stubborn, homebody
6: What is your favorite environment in which to create? (Quiet, music/movie in the background, etc).
That really depends what kind of day I’ve had. Silence is golden when I am writing. But when I am actually drawing, coloring and putting everything together I listen to music that stimulates me (I like music that pushes conventional boundaries). If I have a movie on, I just listen and don’t watch, usually a movie I’ve seen a hundred times, like a Tim Burton film. But my favorite is music.
7: Embarrassing childhood memory you wish to reveal? (or most exciting if you don’t want to reveal embarrassing).
The most embarrassing would be in 4th grade when another student regurgitated on my back in the lunch line. Kids are cruel to one with the “yuck” on their shirt. One other that stands out; I was drawing in class and apparently in my own little world and making “Star Wars” sounds while the teacher was teaching. I was oblivious to everyone around me until the teacher tapped on my desk and the whole class was staring at me and laughing.
8: Who would you pick to play you in a movie about your life?
I have no idea, but the first person that popped into my head was Tim Robbins in “Hudsucker Proxy”. Michael Keaton or Jim Parsons might work.
9: What other information would you like to share about your comic? Books? Kickstarter?
You can find and follow Don’t Pick the Flowers on GoComics Sherpa www.gocomics.com/dont-pick-the-flowers besides my website at www.dontpicktheflowers.com There are no plans for a book at the moment or any Kickstarter projects, but I do plan to open a shop that will have merchandise besides the CafePress and Zazzle stores currently open, possibly Etsy where I can sell more. As all cartoonists and artists, I want to keep growing and making my comic the best it can be. I want it to be my full time gig.
10: What is the meaning of life?
For me it’s creating Art and Comics.
There you have it folks, David Hurley has officially taken on our “10 Questions for the Pick of Month” and passed with flying colors. Make sure you go over and check out David’s comic and if you haven’t already done so go check out the Pick of the Month article on Don’t Pick the Flowers here.
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