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…
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