Success for Women in Indie Comics: Part Three

The third part of my series on Success for Women in Indie Comics is an interview with comics illustrator Amanda Rachels.

MS: Most artists that I know tend to be fairly critical of their own work. Do you agree that artwork is “never finished – only abandoned?”

I used to be critical to the point it caused me a lot of stress about my own work but now I’m just more realistic. I try to see what I can improve or to see what actually has improved and expand upon it. I disagree on finished art – I think some pieces are definitely finished and to add is to take away. A truly finished piece might be one in a hundred but they are there for sure.

For readers who don’t know what her favorite too – the “cintiq” – is, it’s a drawing pad used with a special pen/stylus that connects to your computer. This allows you to draw and then use software like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop (for example) to create a finished product to go to straight into production. is the manufacturer.

Mary is a retired Registered Nurse who specialized in Trauma and Emergency medicine. She loves the space opera of Star Wars, most Science Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, and comic books. Mary can be contacted at or visit her blog galacticmatters.

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