Alumni Dustin Craig
BEAU recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dustin Craig, one of the most distinguished artists to graduate from BEAU. Dustin is a professional comic book artist and has managed to become one while attending school. As a graduate/professional, Dustin shares some of his memories and thoughts on school, art, and the path to becoming an artist.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name’s Dustin. I’m a comic book artist.
How do you work?
I write the script, sketch it out, ink it, color it, render it, and then publish.
Do you have a favorite artist?
I was mostly inspired by Tom of Finland. He had a hyper masculinity to his art.
Instructors tell me you’re one of the most talented artists BEAU has seen. What did you focus on?
I focused my entire education on comics. I would think about what my instructors said critically. I would mostly focus on the tiniest details. What I tried to do the most was take critiques to heart. I also learned from other student’s critiques and applied them to my work. I learned to take pride in my work.
What were some of the most memorable homework assignments?
I had an interior fantasy drawing project where I drew the inside of an imagined Io station on Jupiter’s moon. In 3D III Sculpture, I built a character from bone, to muscle, to skin using clay. In my screenwriting class I wrote a 45 minute script for a short film.
What were some of your favorite memories at BEAU?
In Write Club, I enjoyed being able to critique other people’s stories outside of the classroom. We don’t tiptoe around our critiques. We said exactly what we wanted to say. I also liked game club and playing Magic the Gathering during game night.
What were you most proud of?
Doing real-life experience as class credit.
What led to your first published work?
A professional writer mentioned on Facebook that he was looking for an artist. I was interested in his story and showed him my work. At the time I didn’t have a professional website (oops) but I sent him some samples of my work. Just from the samples I was hired on the spot.
What was that process like?
He gave me the script. I would send in sketches, he approved, I would send in inks, he would approve. It was that same approval process for coloring and rendering. After I sent it all to him so that he could edit it, he published it for us.