Adam Hughes

The Art of Dave Tay­lor One of the most in-de­mand cover artists in comics, Adam Hughes cites Toulouse-lautrec and Alphonse Mucha as in­flu­ences. Joel Meadows dis­cov­ers more…

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Adam Hughes be­gan his comics ca­reer fol­low­ing Kevin Maguire on DC’s Jus­tice League book in the late ’80s, but soon carved a niche for him­self as one of the most in-de­mand cover artists in comics, draw­ing clas­sics for Won­der Woman and Cat­woman. He has also drawn in­te­ri­ors for se­ries such as DC’s Be­fore Watch­men: Dr Man­hat­tan and this year saw him write and draw a story for DC’s pres­ti­gious Bat­man Black And White se­ries. Af­ter decades work­ing in comics, he seems to be in a unique po­si­tion as an artist. Comic He­roes: You’ve be­come closely as­so­ci­ated with draw­ing fe­male char­ac­ters. What is it about draw­ing women that ap­peals to you as an artist? Adam Hughes: “Be­cause they’re pretty? I have no idea. I’ve thought of five dif­fer­ent an­swers to this ques­tion and they sound like I had to think too hard about them. I don’t know what it is about strong, beau­ti­ful women that makes me en­joy draw­ing them. I stopped ask­ing my­self the, ‘Why?’ ques­tions long ago and just ac­cepted the way I am. Also, I think there’s a dif­fer­ence be­tween ‘ex­am­i­na­tion’ and ‘dis­sec­tion’. It’s okay to ex­am­ine some­thing, but maybe not too much. You have to kill a thing to dis­sect it.


Your work is in­flu­enced by artists such as Alphonse Mucha and Toulouse-Lautrec, and the Art Nou­veau move­ment. What is it about Art Nou­veau that re­ally con­nects with you as an artist?

“Ev­ery­thing. The de­sign sense, the graphic qual­i­ties, the pal­ettes, the sub­ject mat­ter, the era. It’s the one art pe­riod where ev­ery sin­gle as­pect holds ap­peal for me.”



How im­por­tant is it for comic artists to ex­pose them­selves to work out­side the field of comics and what do you think they gain by look­ing at art of all kinds? AH: “I think it’s im­por­tant for comic artists to ex­pose

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