We caught up with Lord Mesa in his preparation for Con Season to find out how he got started, as well as what is in the pipeline!
VR: For those of our readers who don’t know much about the person behind the drawings, could you tell us a bit about yourself?
LM: “I was born in the Philippines and my parents brought me over to the USA when I was two, I grew up in the Bay Area, San Francisco, California.
“When I was growing up I really wanted to become a comic book artist, people like Jim Lee who drew the strips in comic books but also created their own characters and story lines were influential in driving that desire in me.
“Then, one day as I was at a café at school , I saw someone drawing and was so impressed by what they were doing that I just had to ask what it was that they were doing.
“They told me they were doing an illustration major, and I knew then that that was what I should be doing instead of design.
“I switched over to illustration from design, but took a break from school for a brief period.
“I always got the feeling that my tutors saw myself and my fellow students not as people to help grow and learn, but as competition for the outside world, and that was never healthy for me.”
“Being able to draw is a necessity for me, like breathing. “
“It was my wife who helped me get my first break, at the time after graduation she told me that she was going to LA to work in an entertainment company and she asked if I wanted to come with her.
“I said yes, and for the first few months I didn’t have a job, but then a friend of a friend put me in contact with a t-shirt company that was looking for a designer.
“They used a lot of computer software, and as I hadn’t got that much experience with the computer software they used, it was a real on the job learning experience.
“The two tools I used initially were Illustrator and Photoshop, and man was it different. It was a real journey for me as I became a convert to the computer cause.
“The first thing I ever drew properly for myself using the software, was Wolverine, and I really liked how it turned out.”
“And since then I’ve been drawing a lot, being able to draw representations of the shows such as Arrow and The Flash, that I love is really cool, and having people give feedback on the drawings is just something else entirely. It’s really awesome.”