This is the first of a weekly column where I will showcase up and coming or undiscovered talent, bringing to your attention artists that I feel will be break-out stars in the near future. This week I am profiling Meghan Hetrick, who was brought to my attention via a Twitter post the other day. I had never seen her artwork before, and after viewing it, I have a feeling I’ll be seeing a lot more of it in the future.
Everyone has a favorite comic book artist. One they’ve discovered recently, or maybe followed from the very beginning of their career. Some have so many favorites it’s hard to choose just one.
Every one of those artists started somewhere, be it by producing photocopied mini comics to sell at their neighborhood comic shop, getting a table in the artist’s alley at their local comic convention, or doing commissions through eBay. There are plenty of ways to break into this industry, and artists over the years have tried them all to have their dream of drawing funny books for a living become reality.
Meghan Hetrick drew sketch cards. That was her in.
Meghan has been drawing “for as long as she could hold a crayon, much to the dismay of both her mother and the walls of her childhood homes”.
She is mostly self taught, having attended just a few art classes in her school days. She is skilled in many mediums, including watercolor, ink, graphite, and marker. Her ability with markers and watercolor is unbelievable, blending colors to create images that really pop, giving a life to her creations that I’ve seen few artists rival.
Meghan has primarily worked in the sketch card industry, for such clients as Upperdeck, Rittenhouse Archives, Cryptozoic, Perna Studios, Badaxe Productions, and Breygent Marketing. She has also done a smattering of work in the comic industry, mostly for Vertigo on the Fairest series, as well as work for role-playing games, and personal commissions and sketch covers by request. I have a feeling that commission list is going to be growing in the coming years, as Meghan Hetrick is a Future Comic Rock Star in the making.
You can see more of her work at her website http://meghanhetrick.com/