Artist Demetrius Dawkins shown at the center of a number of his creations.
Images © Meechdoodle

Black Perspectives #10: Meechdoodle (Comic Artist & Illustrator)

Q&A with MEECHDOODLE…

SSD: I know you probably get this a lot, and it’s like asking a parent to choose their favorite child, but what are your top 2 or 3 favorite pieces of YOUR artwork?

MEECH: You’re right, that is hard to answer. But one of the pieces that put me on notice was my Black Sailor Moon. I got a lot of love from that drawing.

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SSD: If you had to name the top 2 or 3 artists who inspire you (past or present), who would they be? Comic Illustrators or not.

MEECH: Some serious sources of inspiration for me are:

SSD: What do you wish more people understood about how an artist spends their time and how they (the artist) see their own work?

MEECH: For me, a lot of my time is spent on brainstorming and rough drafting. But once I got a decent idea on what I want the piece to look like, it goes pretty fast.

How I see my work varies. I’m often super-critical of my work. But sometimes… Just sometimes. I love my stuff.

SSD: Would you ever dabble in animation (or at the least key animation design)?  Why or why not?

MEECH: Not dabbling in animation at the moment. I still feel like I have a lot of growing to do still in traditional illustration.

SSD: Can you share the story of your first, or one of your earliest, paid art opportunities and how that felt for you?

MEECH: I almost had my big break with a great writer and comic company, but couldn’t meet the character design and sample pages deadlines. It was all due to art not being my full-time job. It really broke my heart, but I’m still striving.

SSD: Sorry to hear! Didn’t mean to scratch up any bad memories.

As an artist, what are your thoughts on NFTs? Is that something that you are currently into or considering producing?

MEECH: Not a fan of NFTs nor do I plan on jumping into that game.

SSD: Why aren’t you a fan of them? What is it about NFTs that turn you off of the concept?

MEECH: NFTs just seem like a Ponzi scheme. It’s not a way I really want to get my art out honestly. (Interviewer’s Note: << Meech sent that linked image along as part of his response.)

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SSD: What were the hardest elements of illustration and colorization that you had to learn? Are there any art resources or tips that you’d direct people toward?

MEECH: Consistency and confidence are the biggest things I had to learn. As far as resources and tips. I have quite a few anatomy and art books. I also watch a ton of YouTube vids.

SSD: If you could bring back one of your favorite 80s/90s Saturday morning cartoons as a comic you illustrated, which would it be and why?

MEECH: X-Men. That show was my everything when I was younger. I would love to be involved with drawing some stories for Marvel. Dream goals.

SSD: Do you think Art is essential to helping Black America be more understood by non-Black America? And do you feel like your Blackness helps you in the world of comic artistry or does it make your path more difficult? Or is it a non-factor?

MEECH: I think so. Especially now that more BLACK art and stories are getting their much-deserved spotlight. And my Blackness is definitely a factor! I get to rep (draw) so many BLACK characters that don’t normally get to shine otherwise. Being a BLACK artist known for drawing BLACK characters is pretty cool.

SSD: Do you think Art is essential to helping Black America be more understood by non-Black America? And do you feel like your Blackness helps you in the world of comic artistry or does it make your path more difficult? Or is it a non-factor?

MEECH: Usually listen to Hip-hop or have a horror movie playing while drawing.

SSD: Ok, and lastly I just want to get your thoughts on this…

“All children are born artists; the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.” What is your reaction to that quote from Pablo Picasso?

MEECH: This is a very true quote. I stopped drawing for like a decade and I regret every second of that. But I’ve been back with a vengeance, [and] playing catch up for that mistake.

Meech doodling -- hard at work.

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