Our new Art Director, Sarah Ennals, caught up with Martin Springett and discussed his collaboration with ChiZine Publications on the 2011 titles, The Pattern Scars and Napier's Bones.
ENNALS: . . . You were saying that you did get to read [The Pattern Scars] first?
SPRINGETT: Oh yes, yeah, [Caitlin Sweet] gave me not necessarily an unedited manuscript, because she’d been through it first, and Sandra obviously went and did her thing. So this is what I worked off of. It certainly barrelled along, I loved reading it; and at the end—of course my work day is very flexible—I work when I want, as long as I get the work done it can be at any time of day. So I finished it and sat down on the couch and picked up my sketchbook, and I had, lately, wanted to get into the whole thing of improvising: directly, with a pen, not sketching.
ENNALS: Not using a pencil first, but as they say, “Taking the line for a walk?”
SPRINGETT: Yeah, yeah, “Taking the line for a walk,” and of course, you know, I’ve been scribbling ever since I was a kid so I felt fairly confident, but in this case it was just a matter of “I’ll set down my initial thoughts, my initial little emotive thoughts,” and just strangely enough as I continued doing it, the imagery started to build and build, until everything I did for that book was drawn in an improvisatory way, and with no preparation at all. It was great to do, and at first what I handed to everyone was me saying “These are...