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Dave Gutierrez Interview (MAR 2009)

 height=Dave Gutierrez runs Abstract Reality Studios and his art can be seen in the book Abstract Reality: The Art of Dave Gutierrez. He's also inked a number of projects for comics legend Gene Colan. This month you can see his art in IDW's Billboards, which is written by Clifford Meth. Westfield's Roger Ash contacted Gutierrez to learn more about his work on this project.

Westfield: How did you become involved on Billboards?

Dave Gutierrez: I was working on a painted cover for another IDW project that Cliff had turned me onto and during that whole process Cliff and I had been emailing each other so when the Billboards project came around Cliff simply asked and off I went.

Westfield: How many illustrations did you do for the book and how did you decide which scenes to illustrate?

Gutierrez: I believe there were 10 in total. 5 full page and 5 half page spots. I read the story a handful of times, taking notes as I went along, jotting and doodling ideas for both important parts of the story and parts that would be visually interesting. Cliff and I had several conversations about the notes and ideas I had taken and he gave me his thoughts and we went with the ones that ended up in the book. Timing was also a concern so with those three criteria the choices were made.

Westfield: Are there any other projects you're working on that you'd like to mention?

Gutierrez: I'm working on two children's books. One called Teeth for Glack Glass and another called Strange Things In Curio Cabinets that I wrote and will be shopping around. I'm also in the middle of a 20 page war story, written by a veteran of the Iraq War called House of the Gun, which gives a real account of the war with a true insider perspective.

Westfield: Any closing comments?

Gutierrez: I very much enjoyed working with Cliff and I can appreciate his efforts in thoroughly researching his stories to give them the ring of truth that all great stories (and storytellers) have. I knew who these people were without ever meeting them before I read the tale and they took me somewhere familiar yet far in the future.

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