G & T Show STLV 2016 – JK Woodward Interview
JK Woodward is a talented artist. It was great to sit down and talk to him.
We were so pleased to share our booth with the talented JK.
How Did He Get Started?
JK has been making art professionally since about 2003. It started because he moved to Germany in order to create album covers for a small record label. But they wanted a small saddle-stitched book to accompany the music. It was more like a comic book. It was 22 different paintings.
He was then asked to go to San Diego from Frankfurt, Germany. He met a person who wanted him to work on a script. This was for a small imprint, Digital Webbing Presents, and it was a twelve-page story.
Then Chris Ryelle at IDW saw JK’s work. Chris was working on CSI: New York. Then, Peter Davis saw JK’s work, and asked him to work on Fallen Angel. Hence everything came together rather quickly.
Before becoming a professional artist, JK was a jack of all trades. He grew up in Attleboro, Massachusetts. And he bounced among factory jobs. Then he moved to Los Angeles and worked in retail and market research. He then went to college and got a degree in Computer Science. As a result, he went straight into design. But he admits he was not truly qualified to do so. However, it came together because he knew art and had a computer education.
JK even worked in porn for a while (he made it clear he was not an actor). Instead, he created covers. The company was called Asian Time Entertainment. He says the biggest misconception people have regarding the porn industry is that the covers have a lot of airbrushing. The actors don’t really look like that. Plus he states not everyone in the industry is in dire straits. It’s not necessarily a haven for addicts.
After that job, he worked in multimedia, and then he moved to Germany.
The Greatest Person He’s Drawn So Far
He has drawn all of his Star Trek heroes. Further, he is a big X-Men fan. It was an honor to draw for X-Men. It was an item on his bucket list!
JK says there is tactile experience when you hold a comic book in your hands. But digital is just not the same. Digital does help you zoom in on a panel, but that is often not intended. He finds he’s using finer brushes. This is so his work can stand up to that kind of scrutiny.
He created a gorgeous piece for the 50 Artists, 50 Years section. JK was asked to create the piece. Hence he put together a piece with all Klingons, and placed the protagonists on one side, and the antagonists on the other. Klingons are his favorite Star Trek species!
JK is having a wonderful time at the convention. He has sold a lot of wholly original pieces.
JK is working with CBS Product. He has two projects in the works. Terry Lynn says one is like the old Gold Key comics, for Dayton and Kevin. But it is apparently solely a Dayton and Kevin project. Dayton came in for a cameo. However, this won’t be a JK project but it’s very exciting all the same.
We crossed the streams!
We are looking forward to seeing JK next month at Mission: New York!
She's also a published author (Untrustworthy, published by Riverdale Avenue Books; QSF Discovery 2 Anthology, published by Mischief Corner Books; and The Longest Night Watch Anthology 1 & 2, published by Writers Colony Press), and a prolific fan fiction writer. You can find her adding her fanfiction to our forums, or live tweeting our show.
We understand that she can be bribed with pie.