AJ Dungo was born in Fort Myers, Florida. He then moved to Toronto, then settled in Los Angeles where he attended Art Center in Pasadena. When he’s not making comics he works as an illustrator and designer. And when he’s not working on anything, he’s working on his cutbacks on his surfboard and slappies on his skateboard.
To find out a bit more about AJ, we asked him the following questions:
What inspires your work?
I don’t have much of an imagination and I’m fascinated with real stories, so I attempt to implement them into my work.
Tell us a bit about your process….
For personal pieces, I try to take difficult feelings and regurgitate them for others to experience. My rule of thumb is that if you have a strong reaction to something, that energy translates into a piece that you and your audience can be affected by.
For this book, the process has included copious amounts of reading, crying, surfing, and self-doubt.
I usually start with research, then I write, then I pencil out the panels, then I digitally sketch them with text placeholders on photoshop. For the finish I’m inking and digitally coloring.
My main tools are a pencil, a Windsor Newton Series 7 brush, a bottle of FW acrylic ink, a scanner, and a Cintiq.