100 Creatives 2014: Chris Foreman, Comic Book Sketcher
What He Does: If you've spent anytime around the Houston comic scene then you've seen the work of Chris Foreman. He's literally everywhere. For nearly five years he's been drawing sketch cards for the likes of Marvel Comics, DC Comics, The Walking Dead, Lucasfilm, and dozens more. He can bring your favorite superhero, villain, and anything in between to life in a matter of minutes, and he's a regular fixture on the convention circuit.
Foreman has been drawing since before he could walk. He's never formally studied the craft, but years and years of practice have honed his skill to the level of any classically educated artist. He's a pen for hire, and it's easy to see why the big companies use him. He has a light, easy style that instantly engages.
Why He Likes It: "It's my outlet, its my escape from the everyday where I can create and be in complete control of what is put on the paper. I have love for everything I've done, but if I had to name a certain one, it'd be a piece I did for a young boy who had cancer. He would dress up as his own super hero, complete with kitchen gloves and a towel cape, so I used his design in a drawing I did of him!"
What Inspires Him: Foreman is a highly emotional artist, drawing off visceral feeling to animate his pictures so that they always look like they are actively alive. When it comes to other artists who have guided his style, the list is long. Carlo Barberi, Humberto Ramos, Meghan Hetrick, Joe Mad, and Jim Lee, the penciler behind Uncanny X-Men #1, are some of people Foreman is most keen to thank for their influence.
If Not Here, Then Where: "Disney World. It's the happiest place on Earth right? I actually co-manage a comic store in Baytown, so maybe another comic shop somewhere else. It's a great gig!"
If Not This, Then What: Foreman can simply not see himself in a career that does not involve using his hands to create something. Sculpting might be fin, or building and architecture. He taught himself one discipline. Another shouldn't be outside his considerable talent.
What's Next: "Well I'm currently in works to produce some sequential work with a well known and respected indie comic company so keep your eyes peeled!"
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(In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).
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David Wald, actor
Lisa E. Harris, performing and visual artist
Stephanie Todd Wong, executive director of Dance Source Houston
Pamela Fagan Hutchins, novelist
Heather Gordy, artist
Mark Nasso, comic artist
Marian Szczepanski, novelist
Jonathan Blake, fashion designer
Doni Langlois, interior designer
Kat Denson, dancer
Blame the Comic, comedian
Margaret Menchaca Alvarez, artist
Jacquelyne Jay Boe, dancer
Rene Fernandez, painter
Teresa Chapman, choreographer and dancer