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Poison Ivy

By Blazej Szpakowicz     March 19, 2006

Welcome to the latest edition of the DCG Artist Spotlight!

Our victim today is Hope Morgan, aka Poison Ivy.

Comics2Film (C2F):How and why did you start manipping?

Hope Morgan (HM):It was a quirk. I can't quite remember how I even found C2F. I remember that there was a Darkness contest and I told MysticMorgan (my hubby) that there was a contest and that he should enter. So after I saw him manipping, I said hey, I'd like to give that a try. So he encouraged me. After two months of trial and error, I presentedPoison Ivy to C2F. My very first manip.

C2F:What software do you use?

HM:I use PhotoShop 7

C2F:What's your favourite part of doing a manip?

HM:Searching forever trying to find the perfect base to manip. Then trying to decide what to turn it into. I also love doing challenges and crossovers with other artists.

C2F:What image would you consider your turning point as an artist?

HM:There are two actually. They would have to be mySuperman's Hero Out of TimeAnd Lady Pendragon.I've learned a lot with those two especially the metal work on both of them.

C2F:What's your least favourite of your own work?

HM:Egads! That would have to beSilver Surfer.I was trying to learn how to do reflections and I chose a poor base image.

C2F:What aspect of your work do you think sets it apart from the crowd?

HM:My feminine view and putting my own originality into the work.

C2F:What do you still need to work on?

HM:Lots of things....not to make the images look flat, take more time with seams and wrinkles, knowing where my light source and shadows should go.

C2F:How do you start a manip?

HM:I find a good base ( perferably naked, it's a pain to remove clothing) Or I might take a face off one, because like in Lady Pendragon, I didn't like how her face was, so I took the face off another model and put it on her.I usually have in mind the character that I want to do before I go looking for the base, try to find a good pose for him/her. I do research on them, looking for the different costumes that they wear, decide which one to use and go from there.

C2F:What inspires you? Where do you get your ideas from?

HM:Comic books first. And looking at all the wonderfully talented people's artwork here, Heromorph and BoldComics.I also get tips and pointers from my husband.

C2F:Does your choice of model and base photo affect the final image?

HM:Not only that but you need a good background to go with it. You don't want a background that is to busy, that takes away from the character.

C2F:Who are your favourite DCG and Heromorph artists?

HM:There are waaaaay to many to choose from! But since you're twisting my arm OUCH! I'll try to limit them.
1. MysticMorgan:cause if it wasn't for him, I'd never would have started.
2. BikerBot, (Jab):I did my first crossover piece with him.
3. Force95B:He's doing our pencils for our Grim character
4. Bill Turner:He's like the energizer bunny keeps on going and going and.....well, you get the point.
5. Winterhawkaka wrinklehawk: if it wasn't for him and his wrinkle fetish, my costumes would still look flat.
6. B:he gives good pointers and critiques, doesn't sugar coat it.
7. Billy:he made a great sketch of my Rag-Doll which we are going to use as a cover for that comic book.
8. BioHaz Daddy:he's the one that inspired us to host the BCS site
9. Shade,cause that man can draw!
10. Albea:great illustrator
11. Skotti-Chan:I just love his artwork, so bright and vivid
12. Quantum FX,cause he does fantastic renditions
13. Me!lol, I'm my biggest fan

C2F:What was the best piece of advice you ever received from anotherartist?

HM:Save, and often. :LOL:There's nothing more frustrating than working hard on a piece and then something weird happens to your computer and you lose everything!!

C2F:What (if anything) are you working on right now?

HM:I'm trying to find a good base pic for one of Winterhawk's female gods.

C2F:What characters do you want to manip?

HM:1. Areala the Warrior Nun
2. Some more characters from Lady Pendragon

C2F:What're your favourite comic books?

HM:1. The Lady Pendragon series, I'm hooked and I am trying to collect all of them!
2. The Warrior Nun series
3. Extreme X-men
4. Batman
5. Superman

C2F:You are, of course, the administrator of BoldComics. Why did youstart that site, and what are its long-term goals?

HM:I started that site in the beginning because I wanted a little world of my own. A place that was family oriented so young artists starting out could post their artwork there and to learn and grow.

Now the long term effects, being in partnership with BoldComicsStudio, is to have the writers and artists that have original characters who want to succeed in making their own comic books have a place to promote them.

There will also be a place to sell their own original artworks, comic books, promotional products like T-shirts, coffee mugs, and Posters.

And here's Hope's biography from Bold Comics, posted with her permission:

The Queen of Bold

Hi guys. Most of you have given me the honorary nickname The Queen of Bold. I'malso known as Poison Ivy at C2F and Heromorph. Here and at Bold Studios I amHope. I own the Bold Comics site and I host the Bold Studio site.I got back into comics after I met my husband MysticMorgan aka asMorgan. He encouraged me to start doing photomanips after I've beenwatching him do it for awhile.

I've been married to him for 4 years, but I have known him for 7 years.

I have 3 wonderful children from a previous marriage. Terra, Ciara andAaron. Terra and Ciara have posted some of their artwork at Bold comics.My son Aaron designs games for another site.

Lately, I have been writing stories and they are on Bold Studios.

I'm currently writing the second story to Rag-Doll.

I hope someday to open up my own comic book store and have Bold Comicsto become a publishing company for original comic books.

For more of Hope's art,check out her DCGgallery.

Interviewer: Blazej Szpakowicz


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