Skeleton Claw has harnassed the power of illustration to express his creativity, emotions and views on the world. You may have seen some of his comics pass by here on /c/comics. It's difficult to pinpoint exactly what his favorite topic is to illustrate. But, the illustrations are drawn in such a style that they're always hilariously amusing, even when controversial and grim.
I wanted to know more about him... What inspires him? How does his workspace look like? How does he gain his status on the web?
He kindly gave the green light and brought clarity to my curiosity!
Although humor is subjective, I did pick my 25 personal favorites (in no particular order) and blended them in this interview. If you want to see more of his work and pick your own favorites, make sure to subscribe to his social channels. He publishes new stuff there all the time!Instagram - Facebook - Twitter - Patreon
Please share your very first comic. How old were you when this was drawn?
The first I ever did was sometime probably in the 3rd grade. I used to draw comics about a character named vampire goat zombie and he would just fight other guys. This is the earliest one I can find though which I probably drew in 2014.
While comics artists often take on a certain theme, your comics seem to have a different theme every time. I've seen comics ranging from LOTR to Jeff Bezos. What inspires you to take on a topic? Where do you get inspiration from?
I don’t really know to be honest. A lot of my best ideas either come from conversations with friends or when I’m going to a long walk by myself. If I knew exactly where I got my inspiration from it would be a lot easier.
Do you have to think hard to come up with a funny scenario, or does it just come naturally to you?
I can come up with a lot of stuff that is sorta funny. I think what I’m best at is editing my ideas down though. Usually for every comic I draw there are 10 or so ideas that don’t make the cut.
Love your drawing style, especially the facial expressions, with 2 dots and a few lines you can accurately express hilarious emotions. I personally can't even draw a simple house. Is this something anyone can learn? If so, how do they get started?
Just start where you’re at. The nice thing about comics is you don’t have to be good at drawing to make good comics. Look at XKCD for example. He’s got one of the greatest comics of all time and its just simple stick figures.
Can people make money from drawing cartoons for the interwebs? Do people send you money for making them laugh?
You can. Its not easy but it is possible. Its a grind though.
What advice would you give to people who want to be like you and post their stuff online?
Go for it. People worry too much about whether it will be good or whether anyone will like their stuff. Just start doing it, maybe it’ll be cool. You never know.
Let's put your Patreon here, so people can support you and you keep doing this!
(Great question!) Patreon
Why are your cartoons sometimes signed by you and Eldercactus? Are you IRL friends?
We are Twitter friends, never met him in real life. We have a good time collaborating on ideas though. The ones signed by both of us are ideas/drawings we collaborated on.
Do you draw for any magazines, newspapers? Do you paper print at all? I for one would love a printed book with your best comics!
I don’t. I am in the process of setting up a print store. Someday I will have a book, t-shirts, stickers, engraved cups, toothbrushes, etc. But for now.
Can we see the drawing workstation where all the magic takes place?
This is where the magic happens
Which tools do you use for drawing? Both digital and analog.
All digital now. I used to do things by hand, scan them, then color them in photoshop. That is very time consuming though. Drawing on an Ipad makes things way easier.
Aside from yourself and Eldercactus, who is your favorite comic artist, and why?
Probably Gary Larson and Nicholas Gurewitch of Perry Bible Fellowship. I like Gary Larson because he is just so wonderfully absurd. Nicholas Gurewitch combines amazing art with bizarre cruel streak which I absolutely love.
Can people request topics to make a comic about? It would be awesome to have a thread where people give you 3 keywords and you make a comic about it!
Your favorite beer?
I like a strong cloudy IPA.
Thanks for this interview. Would you like to add anything else for your readers?
Straighten your shoulders, put your phone down, drink a glass of water and take some deep breaths.