Roller Derby Zombie – Jenny Thorne

Jenny Thorne - IllustratorBackground (where are you from, what do you do, bio data):

I live in Cambridge, and I’ve just started out as a freelance illustrator, established May last year. It was a bit of a leap of faith, ditching a steady full-time job for an uncertain career in a difficult field. Nevertheless, I’m happy to say that I’ve been slowly growing my business over the past year, and have been working on increasingly interesting projects, particularly in the past few months.

How did you get involved with this project?

Carl and Chad advertised for illustrators online, and have read their brief I got a little over-enthused and drew them a promotional poster, which they bought on the spot. A few months later, they let me know that they’d decided to give me the job for the rest of the board game’s art, which came as a nice surprise!

What was the appeal of this project?

I loved how the game mixed two different genres in a way that hadn’t been done before. It looked like it would be very over-the-top and fun to draw, and it would be a very successful project too. It really helps that Carl and Chad (the game designers) are really enthusiastic about pushing the game forwards. It’s a lot of fun to work as part of a team with this much energy!

Have you always been a roller Derby fan?

In truth, I only heard about Roller Derby last summer when my boyfriend decided he wanted to try and join a team. Sadly, he couldn’t find a guys team around where we live, though he’s a very good skater. I bought some skates too, but it’s taking me a long time to learn the basics. I fall over lots. I’ve been told that, in Derby, this is half the fun, but I’m not sure I believe them at the moment…

What would be your ideal project?

I love to work on longer-term projects where there’s a chance to get really involved with the process, from conception to final release. This lets me understand the art style and atmosphere that would be most appropriate, and spend a lot of time getting to grips with the genre. I’d love to work on a commercial graphic novel at some point, although there’s a long way to go until I’m well-recognised enough to land that sort of a project!

Do you have anything else that we should be on the lookout for?

The next project I’ve got lined up is a cyberpunk webcomic, drawn loosely the style of Transmetropolitan (illustrated by Darick Robertson). The storyboard I’ve seen looks really interesting, and I’ve started work on some of the character concepts. There are still a lot of zombies to draw before then, however!

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