Tito W. James: You’re known for your very iconic and pin-up work. What are some of your early influences?
Dawn McTeigue: Well, I my most early influence was I found a Gen 13 and the art was by J. Scott Campbell. I absolutely adore his work! And from there. I followed him to Danger Girl and from that I found, you know Top Cow and then Aspen and I’ve just been following those artists for a really long time and then I never really thought I was good enough to get into comics and drawing myself, but a friend of mine who her name is JP Roth and she has a whole comic book house. But before she did she contacted me and we knew each other as kids.
She was like “I’ve written some novels, let’s let’s try to make a comic of it.” And I was like, “No, I’m not good enough.” But she wouldn’t take “No” for an answer, and I will be eternally grateful to her for that because she had the the fire to like get me going and get me into comics. So, it’s been wonderful and I still I still work with her. She has Rhotic is the comic publishing house that she has and she has many different titles and I work on one called Divinica.
TWJ: Can you just like tell me a little bit about that one?
DM: Oh, I’d love to know whenever I start thinking about I just get chills. I’m so excited and I love the story so much! So it is about goddesses, but we’re taking them from all different part Pantheon’s of Mythology and that that makes it so it can be an extremely inclusive book. I get to draw all different types of people’s and fashions. I absolutely love it!
I’m going to be starting on Issue 5 very soon and we’ve got an amazing twist coming that I don’t want to spill the beans and I was always so tempted to spill the beans. The story that she’s written is just it’s amazing. It’s mind-blowing and it can be found at local comic book stores its in diamond and I’m very excited about Issue 5.
TWJ: That’s good. That’s good. It’s like did you remember like maybe your first introduction into into Comics at all, or is it like as a kid like you remember like the first comic book you read overseas
DM: So literally the first comic book I got my hands on was Gen 13 and my late teens don’t you work like where you’re from? I am. I live in Canada. I was born in Melbourne Australia and traveled all over the world. Wow, so I did see a lot of comics. They just weren’t in English. So I spent many years and as a kid, so I have like my I guess my initiation to art in a comic before was anime style. So I was really into it and I still love it very very much over time. My style has transitioned more to a little bit more of the comic / real style.
TWJ: that’s kind of its kind of funny how it comes full circle because the book you’re working on now is sort of like this multi-pantheon and you’re form this big international background.
TWJ: What what do you think is essential to creating a good quality comic with dynamic and sensual female characters?
DM: I really like the sort of the regal femininity and in the way that I draw the goddesses. So yes, maybe they’re posed would be somewhat erotic or their their clothing is mostly draped, you know think Grecian for instance. Yeah, and but they always have a regalness to them or you know a power to them even if it just like the power of their mind, you know that they’re not their strong, you know, they don’t have to be like standing there.
[Makes an aggressive pose]
“Like I am power, I am strong” but you can see it in the confidence in their expression or the confidence in their stance or their pose and that’s what I’m trying to put in my work.
TWJ: Do like do you have any advice to aspiring artists who want to sort of get into this industry, but particularly your niche?
DM: The main thing and I know for those of you who are reading this that are starting out you hear it all the time probably so much that you’re numb to it. But the draw all the time is the most important thing and to not allow yourself to get discouraged.
I personally feel that comparing yourself to others and in a way where you feel lesser than is a real struggle when starting out in art because you know, there are so many artists that have gone before you that have more practice. They’re they’re more well-known. They’re more established and it’s just that the mountain that you have to climb feels insurmountable, but it’s not and every little step you’ll be so grateful five years down the road that you took that one foot in front of the other every day whether you feel like it or not and that I feel is the greatest key to just getting their willing it to happen.
I’d like to thank Dawn McTeigue for taking the time to do this interview.