Entertainment Spotlight : Artist Hoyt Silva

When did you know you wanted to be an artist?

 I knew from an early age that I wanted to do something with art. But it wasn’t until I was 23 that I realised that my interest was more in the storytelling than the art itself and that made me double down on the Sequential Storytelling side of things. 

What do you want visitors and locals to know about being an artist that they may not already know?

It takes more work and thinking than people realize. I’m not throwing anything down on a page, cover, or illustration without careful consideration and thought first. everything involves a plan and predecided course of action. It’s cool to just go H.A.M. and have fun when I’m doing art for the love of the game. But when I’m commissioned to do something it becomes very objective. Most of the questions asked at that point involve asking why a lot. 

 How has the industry evolved over the years?

 I think the industry doesn’t stop evolving. I mean, just 10 years ago there was no such thing as digital comics, 20 years ago there was no way of creating comics other than pen and paper. Now I read most of my comics on an Ipad and create my art for sequentials on a computer. “Times, they be a changing.”

What inspires you for your art?

Life, stories, film, music. Pretty much any form of storytelling. I try to take things from other genres and creative outlets to bring to the game. Not that I don’t look at other comic artist’s work, but I stay away from letting that have too much influence over what I’m doing on my side.   

What’s next for you?

Well I just wrapped up the first issue of Adventures in Crime which will be published in October 2016, I think? Working on the second issue as we speak. Then it’s onto the title that I’m also working on for 12 gauge comics.  

Describe being an artist in 5 words or less

Fucking hard.

 What social media do you use?

I’m on Facebook, tumblr, instagram, and twitter.

facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ArtofHoyt/

Tumblr: thehoyt.tumblr.com

Instagram: thehoyt

twitter: hoytsilva


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