An Interview with George Pfromm II
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m George Pfromm II and I live and work in Boston MA with my wife and two year old son. Currently I am doing animation at an educational company and working on comics and bits of animation in my spare time.
What first made you want to become an artist?
My dad was a pretty exceptional artist and taught me some early stuff. My folks also let me read endless stacks of comics and watch cartoons religiously.
Please describe your creative process (how, when, materials, etc).
My creative process depends on the projects. Animation work always starts out in storyboard sketch form. Lots of the illustration and comics on my site are pulled together from random sketches and doodles. I draw in storyboard moleskines and the large size sketch kind as well. Mostly it’s with mechanical pencil and different brush pens. Lately I’ve been painting right into them and that has been a lot of fun, and I plan on doing more.
What are some of your current projects?
Currently, aside from the educational animation stuff I mentioned before, I have been stitching together notes and thumbnails from varied comic book story ideas I’ve had over the past couple of years and turning them into something more cohesive. I recently finished the first six pages of one storyline and have the second part and one or two others underway. I’ve also been building some character models to be animated, and they tie in to the comics as well.
What advice would you give to artists who are just starting out?
Draw, all the time, and everything. I also think it was extremely helpful to me to find artists you admire and make studies of their work, as an educational exercise. I learned a lot copying Herge’ panels into my sketchbooks, as well as Milt Canniff, Alex Raymond Yve Chaland, guys like that.
Who are your favorite artists on skineart.com?
Ami, Rudat and Mattias. Beren and Lapin are great as are Matboy and Elbragon. Drawfunny does exactly that which is awesome.
What are your portfolio sites/blog?
My site is http://www.honoluludogfight.com and you can get to my illustration, comics and sketch blog from there, as well as my animation page.
Besides creating fantastic artwork, what are your other hobbies?
I try to spend as much time with my family as possible, and that sadly comes up short due to work. Other than that I mostly read comics.