Doctor Who Adventures hit a milestone 300 issues recently and to celebrate its tercentennial anniversary Down the Tubes have caught up with comics artist John Ross who has illustrated a strip for every issue!
John has mostly been working on Doctor Who of late – with his work appearing in Doctor Who – Battles In Time, the Doctor Who Annual 2014 and Doctor Who Magazine – but he’s also drawn for Marvel UK with some of its flagship characters like Spider-Man.
Understandably, John loves his work:
The re-launch also means that the magazine is in constant contact with the designers and producers of the show so that their sketches are perfectly matched to the Doctors own renovations; it keeps them one step ahead of the more pedantic of Whovians:
For me, though, it doesn’t really end there – I’m always looking at improving in any way I can. In fact, that’s the case in all areas of my work, not just the look of the characters.
On the subject of improvement, John also has some advice for any budding comic book artists looking for their first break…learn everything!
I’d also strongly recommend that you learn to draw from life as opposed to comics – that way you’re more inclined to develop your own style and less likely to copy other artists mistakes!
For more on John’s opinions on the longevity of Doctor Who, which are his favourite monsters to draw and his favourite Doctor, head over to Down the Tubes.