Learn how Hugh built his career around his passion for Star Wars
How did Star Wars influence your art style?
Tommy Jung’s evocative Star Wars half-sheet was a billboard poster in my town and one of the very first glimpses I had of anything Star Wars. It sent my imagination into overdrive speculating about this new universe. The films themselves have inspired my visual style. Much of their success lies in their dedication to presenting a fantasy concept in as realistic a fashion as possible. I always strive for the same verisimilitude in my work.
Who’s your favourite character to draw?
Luke, Han and Leia are equal favourites, because of my affection for their characters more than any specific facial qualities. Human emotion is more challenging to capture and more rewarding.
How did you land the job illustrating Star Wars comics?
I broke in when the field was somewhat less competitive for Star Wars artists; I was already established at Dark Horse through my Indiana Jones work just as the prequel hype was building, so I was very lucky to catch that wave.
Any tips for aspiring artists?
Put your best foot forward at convention portfolio reviews, take the criticism on the chin, listen to it, and work hard on your craft. If you’re good and promote yourself as aggressively as possible, you’ll get noticed; work diligently and you’ll get hired. Don’t expect to hit it big straight away, seek out lowerprofile gigs with small publishers, be satisfied with less money, build your portfolio, learn how to meet deadlines and be passionate.
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