Another thing we love here at SomewhatNerdy is Star Wars, so it was only natural for my second Valentine’s surprise to be a Star Wars related post. I have the pleasure to present to you an interview that I am still in shock that I managed to get done. I love this artist’s work and I am just really excited that he did this interview with me for our SomewhatNerdy family to enjoy. The name Joe Corroney should strike a bell, but for those of you who may not know his work, he has done art for Star Wars, Star Trek, the Phantom, GI Joe, and various other titles as well as sketch cards for Star Wars and the Avengers. He has done a lot of work with the Star Wars Celebrations as well. Enough of my rambling, it is my honor to present to you my interview with the very talented, Joe Corroney.
That would probably be a toss up between Darth Vader and Boba Fett. I like Darth Vader because his costume is dark and dynamic and it fits my graphic, high contrast drawing style. But I also enjoy that character’s story the most of anyone else in the saga—the light and dark side aspects to his nature, his fall from grace and redemption. For storytelling purposes, it makes him a great character to work with. Also, because he’s a masked character, you have to rely on body language or certain dynamic angles instead of expression when working with Vader in illustrated storytelling. It’s fun and challenging at the same time. And I like Boba Fett because there’s so much incredible detail that makes him fun to draw. And as a comic book artist, I really enjoy going over the top with detail whenever possible. And from a personality standpoint, he’s the bad boy of the Star Wars universe. He’s the “man with no name” western character who has no real allegiances to anyone but himself. You don’t want to cross him, but at the same time you want him on your side of the fight when it comes down to it. All of that makes him really fun to work with in scenes.
4. What companies have you worked for?
I illustrate a lot of Star Wars art for Lucasfilm and their various licensees. I also draw a lot of comic book art for IDW Publishing for Star Trek, True Blood, Doctor Who and other titles. Other companies I’ve illustrated for include Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Becker and Mayer! Books, Random House, Topps, Boom! Studios, Moonstone Books, Image, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Upper Deck Entertainment, IDG Entertainment, X-Box, Titan Publishing, Wizards of the Coast, Paizo Publishing, the list goes on and on…
I just recently finished illustrating Star Trek: The Next Generation – Hive for IDW Publishing. It’s a four part series that tells the story of the final battle between the Borg and Starfleet. I’m also working on new Star Wars artwork for a few different projects I can’t really discuss at the moment. Though I can tell you I’m working on new print artwork for Star Wars Celebration Europe II in Germany this July. I’m also illustrating some new trading card art for DC Comics, new covers for Boom! Studios Steed and Mrs. Peel comic book series and IDW’s new X-Files series.
It always amazes me and humbles me at the same time. I really don’t take what I do for granted at all. And I don’t do as many conventions as I used to back in the day. So when I do get out to shows or signings and meet fans and they let me know how much they enjoy my work or if they have a favorite piece I’ve illustrated it’s really a pretty great feeling. Since I work in my studio all year round and I live in a little bubble in my own imagination all of the time the only real interaction I get with fans is online. I enjoy that a lot too but it’s different when you can feel that gratification from a fan in person, when you see them smile or you get to shake their hand and you can tell its completely genuine.
If I had any more advice it would be to find what it is that drives you, what inspires you and what you’re passionate about and pursue it at any cost. For me it’s always been Star Wars and comic books, all the fun stuff I loved as a kid. Because those things inspired me at such an early age and I never lost sight of them it’s allowed me to be successful in a career as an artist. I’m really grateful for that.