Yes, the guy coloring Ulitmates with pencils by Joe Madureira.
Well let me start this post by saying a HUGE thanks goes out to Christian Lichtner for taking time out of his busy day to be interviewed…this interview was Very cool to say the least. If you were a fan of comics in the past 10-12 years you could not know who this guy is. Back in 1996 he partnered with Aron LUSEN.
Together they formed the dynamic duo of Liquid!
and changed the way comics were created. It is one thing to be pretty good at what you do…but to change the way things happened in any industry is pretty jaw dropping!
Well that was the past, the present is here, and the future is Now. Christian works mainly in the Gaming industry still busting smooth and breathtaking images alongside with Joe Madureira. He and Joe are now crushing all that come in their path (my words not his!) with their work in comics and video games. What game you ask? Darksiders: Wrath of War.
Ok, now on to the interview! I tried my best not to show any fanboyism in this thing, but you know things happen…
Questions by me Answers and Great artwork by Joe Mad and Christian Lichtner
“First could you do a brief introduction about yourself…I know people know who liquid! is and what they did…but what about who you are and how you plan to take over the world!”
For the record, liquid was started by Aron, and myself a few years back, but after doing it for a while I was starting to look for something new I wanted to do. So for the last few years, I’ve been working in games, and I can’t think of another business I’d rather be in. So at some point, hopefully I’ll be able to work on my own games!!
How did you break into the world of comics?
I got some really positive feedback on some random colored pieces I did, and as soon as I submitted them to publishers, I got some offers. Keep in mind, that I tried getting work as a penciler for some time before that with limited success… (ie. no success)
Do you and Joe (Joe Mad) communicate with each other regarding final illustrations or are you guys just in sync by now of what to do. I know you and Joe have been working together for a while now. How does this relationship differ from working with other artist?
Joe is really easy going, so when we tend to talk we seem to talk more about catching up then what colors things should be. Then again, we’ve worked together for some time now, so I generally have a fairly good idea what he likes and what he doesn’t. That said, I do love talking to the artists I work with, because I feel the more I know about your thinking process the closer I think I can come to doing a decent job. In the end, all I care about is making sure the artist I work with is happy.
Many artist don’t realize the difficulties (and pressure) of being a top quality artist in professional comics. (Pressure from getting paid to do art!! What pressure right!?!) What are some of the things that could “attack” an artist and hurt their career? (art fatigue, boredom, laziness, etc…)
All of the above! I think first off, you should really only do work that you’re excited about and that you’re happy doing. If it feels like ‘work’, then you probably should be doing something else. That’s not to say that you won’t have days where it’s ‘work’, but overall you should be excited about some aspect of the work. Most importantly understand your clients needs, and try to make sure they are met to the best of your abilities.
Any tips for an aspiring colorist/artist?
The more you do it, the better you get. I think Adam Hughes just mentioned that there’s no way you won’t be better after doing your 10,000th drawing versus your 100th. But my best advice would be to make sure you draw inspiration from all over… don’t just look at comics… it’s a small field.
What systems do you own and what games are you currently playing? And what is your Favorite Game Ever.
PS2 and XBX360. Because I work in games I get to play almost every system there is at the studio. I am a huge Wii fan, but I have more fun playing it with people than just at home, so there’s no need to own it. PS3 is still too expensive, and not worth getting just for MGS4… so it’s gonna have to wait.
Favorite game ever… hmmmm… there’s a few, but I think Jak1, MGS1/MGS2, Team Fortress, Shadow of the Colossus, Counter-Strike, Final Fantasy XII, more recently Gears of War, and COD4… figures… not really ‘one’… thing is, each one of those was epic for me when it first came out… and even as I am typing this, I’m thinking of a bunch of other ones that I should put down…
So for the record…you are mostly in the gaming industry at this point? with Joe Mad right? And you still have time to do comics?
I took a break for personal reasons — so as of this moment I am doing contract work, but there’s a really good chance that will change shortly.
Well you have the dream job of every man growing up in the 80’s….working with video games and comics…Talking to someone in the field is really getting my creative juices going…I will have to put together some serious work and persue the dream…we’ll meet one day…I promise you that!
Thanks for everything!
There’s no reason you can’t do the same – trust me. You just have to decide how badly you want to work in either comics or games… that’s really the only difference.
The guys I know that are most successful, draw every minute of their waking lives… I have friends that concept at work for 8 hours, get home, eat dinner, and draw for another 4-5 until they fall asleep… on weekend, they draw… so keep in mind, if you’re not that committed, then you’re up against guys that are…
There we go. It was a complete blast interviewing this guy! One thing that stands out apart from the talent is how humble he is. This guy always responds to comments on his stuff and he always gives good advice. So even if he wasn’t all famous to uber talented…he would be a cool person to be around which is cool!
Well that is it. Hope you guys liked it, I know I did. Here is his official site! Liquidology² Check it out if you haven’t already, and BUY his stuff, because it is that good! He is also on Deviant art as liquidology.
Thanks again Christian it was a blast!