I recently got the opportunity to interview Zoe Crockett, a phenomenal artist who’s work I’ve enjoyed over the last few years. Below is said interview, with some of her art that can be found on her deviant art. I’ve mixed in a taste of her work into the interview to spice things up. Everything below is SFW but her deviant art is most certainly NSFW. Enjoy?
Sean: Are there any projects that you are either currently working on or have completed that you would like to talk about?
Zoe: I’m currently working on a number of projects. Besides commissions and sketches, I’m working on the second (and final volume) of my comic “Opey the Warhead”, a comic with Josh Eiserike (who I worked with on “Anyone but Virginia”), “The Quacking Dead”, and a comic called “Destiny” for TGComics. Whew. That’s a lot.
Sean:You do a series of drawings called the Quacking Dead, which is a parody of The Walking Dead but featuring ducks. Besides an obvious liking of the series, what inspired you to draw these?
Zoe: Depression. I was feeling very down at the time I started up the comic and needed something to keep me amused drawing everyday. I came up with “The Quacking Dead” as a means of therapy, but also a tip of the hat to a show I love. The main source of inspiration for “The Quacking Dead” stylistically was Carl Barks, whose Duck comics I adored as a kid (and still do).
Sean: What is your favorite art medium to use, and what is your favorite to view?
Zoe: My favorite medium is pen and ink. I love using a knib and an ink bottle to create artwork. Mechanical pencils come in as a close second. However, my favorite medium to view is digital art. I’m astonished by the colors, effects, and realism they can put into art that’s difficult in my medium.
Sean: What artists have inspired and/or influenced you over the years?
Zoe: Mostly cartoonists like Carl Barks, Sergio Aragones, Milton Kaniff and Wil Eisner, as they generally employ a unique style into their own works that is fascinating. This uniqueness is what I inspire towards.
Sean: Who are some of your favorite cartoon characters or comic book characters, and why?
Zoe: I think my favorite cartoon and comic character is Scrooge McDuck. He’s one tough cookie and I like the idea of a rich, elderly duck going on crazy adventures. It’s very imaginative.
Sean: You tend to draw a lot of sexy women, so it begs the obvious question: Who do you think is the sexiest cartoon character of all time?
Zoe: First of all, thank you for the compliment. Drawing women is a joy for me, the curvier the better. Accordingly, I thought the sexiest cartoon character of all time was April O’ Neil from the first cartoon version of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. The character is a bit out there, though, as no one in the media would hire a woman with large boobs as a reporter. I kid. I kid.
Sean: You have done a lot of transformation sequences in the past, such as people turning into mermaids or people changing their genders. Is there any one particular sequence that you are particularly proud of?
Zoe: I think the sequence “A Probing Dilemma” is the one I’m most proud of. It was entirely of my own creation and featured an alien abducting a hick and, inadvertently, changing the captive’s sex. The sequence allowed me to draw a beautiful woman and do a lot of cartooning.
Sean: As a regular contributor of TGcomics, would you say that as far as your work goes, that pieces involving gender change are your favorite ones to create?
Zoe: Absolutely. The slower and more detailed the better. I think it’s fun to see the character’s reaction to each curve that slowly slopes onto his body.
Sean: Has anyone ever asked you to draw anything that you were uncomfortable with, and if so, what was it?
Zoe: Yes. One person tried to commission me to draw a story of a young girl watching her older sister have sex. I don’t like drawing things that put kids in sexual situations. I also don’t like depicting rape.
Sean: You worked with indie film creator Mako on her movie “Paradox Alice”, doing illustrations and story boards. What was that like, and have you ever done something similar before that project?
Zoe: It was a lot of fun to draw a pivotal scene in “Paradox Alice”. It wasn’t something I’ve ever done.
Sean: Would you want to work on similar projects in the future?
Zoe: Absolutely. I deeply enjoy storytelling, whether it’s other people’s stories or my own.
Sean: What was the best part about working on Paradox Alice?
Zoe: Drawing the lead actress of the film in a portrait. Lord, what a beauty.
Sean: You have drawn Capcom fighting game character Morrigan from the cult classic title Darkstalkers before. I personally love this series, and was wondering if you enjoyed it, as well as other fighting games? If so, what are some of your favorite ones, as well as which characters are your favorites from them?
Zoe: I did enjoy drawing Morrigan, as she is one beautiful lady. I’ve always wanted an excuse to draw Chun-Li but the occasion has never arisen, alas. Same with Cammy, who is one of my personal favorites.
Sean: Do you currently take commissions, and if so, what is the best way to contact you for them? Also, what are your going rates for commissions?
Zoe: I’m not currently taking any commissions, but the best way to contact me for one is by sending a request to my email, firstname.lastname@example.org or noting me on my “Cluedog” profile on Deviantart. I usually charge about $10 per single drawing and $50 for comic pages.
I hope everyone enjoyed my interview with Zoe Crockett. Please check out her art on her deviant art, and if you would like more interesting interviews in the future, please let me know!