I've been a freelance graphic designer, comic creator and illustrator since 1992, and during that time I've learned the trade of design and illustration, becoming a self publisher and business person alongside working to expand my skill set. I learned how to make messages and ideas grab people by the brain as well as by the eyes.
As a comic creator, I learned from the best that great characters yield great stories, so I have always worked to build the most interesting characters I could to get my stories and messages across. I learned that you need to create characters that you love, respect and care for, so that you will want to follow them through the good times and the challenging times, when they are winning and when they are losing.
And from the beginning, I learned that good characters have no requirements for gender, sexual identity, color, creed, size, shape or philosophical view. Good is good, interesting is interesting. Period.
I've been very lucky to have created many female characters in my books and design work that I've been able to tell deep, funny, emotional, hard and difficult stories with. I learned early on the importance of strength of character, but also that there is character in that strength, of how you use it and how it directs and guides you. This image shows a sample of what I've done so far, and hopefully where I can go from here.
Thanks for following my progress; here's to whatever comes next!
All images ©Paul Sizer/SIZER DESIGN + ILLUSTRATION