Learn­ing curve

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Stephan Martinière -

From trench coat to stripy jumper: Stephan honed his car­toon skills with In­spec­tor Gad­get and Waldo “This is a good ex­am­ple of my car­toon roots, from Dis­ney to Frankin and Waster­lin. I’ve al­ways en­joyed draw­ing in this style while I was very young and later in art school. I was 31 years old when I did this. Clas­sic pen­cil and ink, comic book style.

“I wasn’t al­ways that com­fort­able. I didn’t have a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties to prac­tise car­toon ex­ten­sively, in fact, my first job was work­ing on the an­i­mated se­ries In­spec­tor Gad­get in Ja­pan when I was 20, right after an­i­ma­tion school, that gave me the op­por­tu­nity to get bet­ter at it. The style for In­spec­tor Gad­get wasn’t as crazy as the Waldo comic strips, but it got me to draw con­stantly and hone my skills.

“The Where is Waldo strip gave me the op­por­tu­nity to go to­tally nuts with the style. I was do­ing a strip a week for four years, It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.” Ja­pan.’ It took me about two seconds to say yes. Even though I had no pass­port.”

With his doc­u­ments fast-tracked, the artist found him­self in Tokyo, work­ing for DIC En­ter­tain­ment’s Asian depart­ment, on its new ti­tle, In­spec­tor Gad­get. “You might re­mem­ber, for that company In­spec­tor Gad­get be­came huge,” he says. “That was the first time a French company was try­ing to reach the Amer­i­can mar­ket. It did. It was made in Ja­pan, and it was cheaper and bet­ter than Scooby-Doo, which was rul­ing the roost in the US at the time. So the TV net­works were like ‘ Wow, this is a turn­ing point in an­i­ma­tion on TV.’ We did it so

March 2015

The most re­cent film art that Stephan can share is for fan’s favourite Guardians of the Galaxy. This piece is for 2015’s

Orig­i­na­tor: A Cas­san­dra Kres­nov Novel, by au­thor

Joel Shep­herd.

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