Artist Interview With Scott Hanna
COC: Can you give us a little personal history and tell us something about your experiences growing up?
SH: The middle child of five kids, I grew up mostly in New Jersey. My mother is a fine artist, but I was the only child interested in art. I entered my first art contest when I was five, and by the time I was ten, I knew I wanted to do art for a living. Coincidentally, I started reading superhero comics at about ten. I had jobs as a newspaper boy, lifeguard, ditch digger and security guard on my way to becoming a professional artist.
COC: Have you always had an interest in the arts?
SH: Yes!! See above.
COC: Was there a particular artist or art style that influenced or inspired you?
SH: I loved the pen & ink artists from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s like Howard
Pyle, Franklin Booth, Joseph Clement Coll, Willy Pogeny, James Montgomery Flagg, and many more.
COC: What lead you into seeking the arts as a career?
SH: Art is who I am and what I do, I might as well get paid for it. 🙂
COC: Do your personal beliefs or feeling affect your work?
SH:I grew up reading comics and got a lot of my belief systems from the classic heroes, so I prefer to work on characters like Spider-Man and Batman that have a strong moral compass. I also love that in my work I can both entertain and inspire readers.
COC: Has your education had any influence on your work?
SH: I started focusing on art education at a very early age and studied illus-tration at a Vo-Tech school while in High School as well as four years of college studying illustration which obviously helped prepare me for a competitive industry. I also liked and studied philosophy, psychology, history, social studies, physics and biology, which are all helpful in being a good artist.
COC: Do you favor any particular medium (paints, pencils, computers, etc.)?
SH: My specialty is pen or brush and ink, though I also pencil and use watercolors.
COC: What kind of assignments have you worked on? (A little job history here.)
SH: The list is way too long. Highlights include 15 years on various Spider-Man books, 6 years on various Batman books, work on every major character at Marvel comics and many books at DC.
COC: Does any single art assignments, or works, standout in your mind?
SH: Amazing Spider-Man # 36 and “Heroes.” Both dealing with the 9/11 events in NYC.
COC: Do you work at anything other than the arts?
COC: Why did you choose to participate in the Color of Comics exhibit?
SH: I believe that comics are a fantastically beneficial medium of ex-pression and storytelling and should be shared with the world. I also love the
diversity of humanity and believe in equal rights for all.
COC: Since exhibiting the depiction of people of color is a aim of the COC, what part does cultural and/or racial diversity play in your art, and your art assignments?
SH: Luckily, I lived in NYC for a long time. It is an amazingly diverse and
energetic city where different cultures and races work together. Whenever
possible, I try to reflect that diversity in comics.
COC: As an artist, what are your goals for the future?
SH: My goal is to always keep growing as an artist and to have fun doing it!
COC: Do you have any advice or suggestions for young artists just starting out?
SH: Practice, practice, practice! Draw or write all the time. The more you do, the better you will get.
COC: Do you have any final comments for us?
SH: I hope we get to inspire a wealth of new artists in the show.
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