Our online theme for this month is Comics and Graphic Novels, so who better to kick-off insights into their illustrative lives than Franco-Scottish duo Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers? Here they walk us through their busy lives as graphic novelists and the work that goes into new releases:
On a typical day we get up at 6.30am, and work through the morning, Sandra on creating
pages, John writing. We make sure we also dedicate some time to exercise, walking, swimming, or Pilates. Walking affords us time to discuss ideas and work out story details. Swimming is meditative and also allows creative flow. In the afternoons we write and draw respectively, and deal with correspondence. Sometimes emailing, phoning, doing essential administration and promotion are actually a great way to re-trigger creativity. We stop between 18.30pm and 22.30pm, depending on whether we’re on deadline or working closely with our publisher on pre-press work, for example. Making The Little Mermaid we worked long hours six days a week for months.