What inspires you to create and keeps you going?
Competitiveness and a desire to do something really fantastic.

Do you have a set routine?
Get up, work out (inconsistently), read the Bible, pray and then start drawing and don’t look back until the page is done.

What kind of output do you try to achieve?
A page a day and then some work on side projects after the paying work is done.

What inspires you WHEN you create? Music? Noise? Silence?
I alternate.  If I listen to anyone thing too long I get irritated.

Who was the first comic book creator that influenced you to pursue this?
Frazetta, Neal Adams or Wrightson.  Can’t clearly remember.  It had to be Frazetta…

When did you realize you could follow this path yourself?
I never doubted my ability to make it as a comic book artist, even during the tough times.

What do you find to be a challenge in creating?
Avoiding complacency and trying to keep your ideas fresh instead of derivative.

What else do you have to learn?
Get better at coloring.  Specifically painting but I am always trying to get better at every aspect of drawing.

What keeps you motivated to get better?
Same answer as #1.  It’s never been enough for me to just stay employed.

Can you turn your brain (creativity) off (and on)?
Rarely.  It is usually on.


Booster Shots
What advice do you have for aspiring creators?
Never be satisfied with where you’re at.  Always assume you can be better.

Do you ever worry about running out of ideas?

How do you handle the slow times?
I work on my own projects.  I’m always doing something.

How do you feel about the industry?
Too much sex and violence (gratuitous).  Would much rather see comics accessible to a wider age group like they were when I was growing up.

What would you say is your crowning achievement thus far?
My best work that no one has ever seen is Garbage Man.  My best work that people have seen is probably on Planet Hulk or Wonder Woman.

To comment on this interview, head over to the ShoutFyre Forum: http://sketchmagazine.net/community/billsnicholsprescription/aaron-lopresti/#post-32