I’m Sterling Chaney, a West Texan freelance illustrator, kid’s lit author, and comic artist. I’m currently based in Lubbock, Texas.
I graduated with a BFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art in Design in 2016.
I am always looking for new projects and creative opportunities, so please contact me at SterlingChaneyArt@gmail.com
How did you get started?
I’ve been drawing goofy things my entire life, and knew from about 3rd grade that I wanted to draw comics for a living. To learn how to do it, I went to the Savannah College of Art and Design (or SCAD) and earned a BFA degree in Sequential Art (a fancy word for comics and storyboarding). After learning valuable skills about properly communicating with drawing, I started posting my comics and illustrations online and self-publishing comics and children’s books. I have those books printed so I can sell them at local comic cons, book festivals and art festivals! I have not yet had a book nationally published, but am working towards that goal.
What materials do you use? What's your process?
Without fail, my drawings always start with good ol’ paper and pencil. From there, I will take the pencil sketch into Adobe Photoshop and digitally ink/color it with various brushes from Kyle T. Webster.
Are you available for work?
For sure! Whether it’s a cartoon portrait or commercial illustration, you can email me and let me know what you would like drawn! Keep in mind that I strongly prefer to draw in the style I created, and reserve the right to refuse a commission/job if I don’t think it’s right for me.
Would you illustrate my self-published book?
While I do prefer to illustrate my own stories, I’m definitely open to partnering up to make fun and interesting books. I think that my illustrative style works best for funny, goofy stories, so if you have an idea like that, feel free to contact me and tell me what you’ve got cooking! Note: to put forth the time and energy to illustrate a book, I will need to be paid.
Could I interview you for my school project?
Absolutely! I love sharing the little bits of wisdom I’ve collected from drawing professionally, and helping young or new artists find their voice. If you’re interested I’ve also included some tips and tricks for artists in my newest book, Howdy Magazine!
What do you have going on right now?
Currently I am splitting my time between freelance illustration and a part-time graphic design job! I’m also working hard on a graphic novel pitch – a 200 page comic expanding my story of Chicken Sheriff! Once the pitch is completed, I will send it to literary agents in the hopes of being represented and sold to a publisher. If you’re a literary agent and interested in my pitch, please let me know! I’d love to talk.