Letting Loose with Phil Juliano

In this Artist Profile, The Growler Speaks to one of our own: Phil Juliano.

By Joe Alton
Phil Juliano

Phil Juliano

Growler: What’s your favorite subject to draw?
Phil Juliano: Lately, it’s been women. They’re a challenge—to get the features and hands right, their shape, etc., to make them look attractive. I’ve had to illustrate a series of them lately for one of my clients.

G: How would you explain yourself to someone you have never met?
PJ: Conflicted. I’m an avid outdoorsman and wilderness lover, as well as a dorky cartoonist and comic geek. I mean, how do you sit at your drawing table when all you want to do is play outside? Don’t get me wrong, both sides are well-rounded and worldly—and they both love beer.

G: Medium?
PJ: I’m pretty traditional. I use a non-photo blue for pencil roughs and ink over them with India ink and a brush. I use Micron pens for the finer details. Any color work is done digitally in Photoshop.

G: Favorite cartoonist?
PJ: This is a difficult question to answer. I’m a member of the National Cartoonists Society and know a slew of amazing cartoonists, but if you had me in a head lock and told me to pick one, I’d have to say Bill Waterson.

G: Who most influenced your style?
PJ: My style evolved from drawing comic book characters. I used to copy art by Ernie Chan, Frank Miller, Jeff Smith and even work done by animators like Chuck Jones.

G: Where do you live/work?
PJ: Minneapolis.

G: What can people do to support artists like you?
PJ: Go to ComiCons. Visit our websites. Order prints. Drop some cash on original artwork. Hire us for commission work.

G: Favorite spring beer and ideal location for enjoyment of said beer?
PJ: My tastes stay pretty even. I’ve always been a fan of a dry-hopped pale ale or even better, a ridiculously hoppy IPA, sipped from a frosty pint glass in my Adirondack chair on my front lawn.

G: What’s your silver bullet cure for writer’s block?
PJ: Soak in a hot bath.

G: Who’s your favorite Twin Cities illustrator?
PJ: Again, another tough one, but a little easier than the favorite cartoonist question. That would be Mad Magazine’s Tom Richmond.

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