Comics | Ben Matsuya
Need a comic book artist for hire?
Whether it’s a clash of superheroes, a zombie invasion, or a quiet story of two teens in love, sequential storytelling and dynamic narratives are Ben’s passion. Ben has the versatility to sketch a quiet, intimate scene where the faces tell the story or a big bombastic splash page. Most importantly, he wants to help you tell your story with your characters with clean, beautiful illustrations.
Ben’s art will bring your concepts and characters to life; he wants to help you realize your vision. Having been a creator, an employer, and an employee, Ben understands the many challenges of getting a comic book done right. Our clients trust working with Ben as he brings his experience and professionalism to help tell your story with quality, clarity, and speed. Check out several of his samples below and contact him today with your comic idea.
Ben strives to bring a cinematic energy and lyrical orchestration to your comic book by drawing characters who exude life and emotion with their posture and demeanor; he blocks out scenes and composes frames to reinforce the themes of each story and scene. His comic book art has been inspired by talent such as Frank Quitely, Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Adam Hughes, Yoji Shinkawa, Moebius, Bill Willingham, and Matteo Scalera.
Some questions and answers address what you can expect when collaborating with Ben Matsuya.
What’s your process?
My philosophy is “every panel has purpose” and clarity is my top priority.
First, we go over the script and story together to make sure I understand your themes, motifs, and goals. Then we’ll sketch characters (or work off of existing designs) and build their expressions and attitudes based off motive and perspectives. We’ll move on to the thumbnail phase - rough sketches of each page laid out for you to approve before we head to pencils and inks. It's very important to me that you're looped in to every step of the process so you can be as hands on or off as you want.
What kind of tools do you use?
What are your favorite comic books and graphic novels?
Superman: Red Son
Dark Knight Returns
To get started on your comic book idea, contact us today. You can check out more of Ben Matsuya's illustration samples for all your art needs.