Introducing the Artists: Rebecca Horner

The third artist to be interviewed by Caitlin Mitchell in our profiling project is Rebecca Horner!

13956833_892609424217215_1803330727_nTell us a bit about yourself.

I’m Rebecca Horner, I’m 23 and I was born in Belgium, raised in Fife but I now live in Dundee.

What made you want to become an artist?

I’ve just always wanted to be one, I always liked drawing pictures and my family thought I would grow out of it but I didn’t! Also I was home schooled from the age of 11 so I had more time to do creative stuff like drawing and photography.

Do you have a preferred style of art?

Pretty much all of my work is digital, and is very cartoony. I started using a tablet when I was about 12, so it feels like second nature to me. But I also keep sketch books and doodle and do life drawings and stuff like that.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I like reading comics – if I’m not drawing them I’m reading them! I also like playing video games and playing with my cat Luna. I’ve only had her for a month and she’s a lot of fun.

What is your favourite comic of all time?

One of my favourites is DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke. Two of my other favourites are Fables and Bartkira – hundreds of artists have taken Akira and reinterpreted pages with Simpsons characters, and it’s so cool!

What is the best thing about working in DCCS?

Having a dedicated place to work is the best thing ever! The workshops are really fun as well.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m always juggling about 4 or 5 different projects – today I’m working on a comic called Jackie the Monkey, which a writer commissioned me to do the art for.

How can we follow you on social media?

Twitter – @reekus

Instagram – @bleekus


Meet the Comics Clubbers

I spoke to two members of our Wednesday Comics Club, Islay and Jenni, about their experiences at the DCCS and their own love of comics! (Caitlin Mitchell)

Tell us a bit about yourself!

I: I’m Islay and I’m 13, and I’m from Dundee.

J: I’m Jenni and I’m 14, and I’m from Dundee too.

How long have you been coming to Comics Club?

J: We’ve been coming since the first week of Comics Club which was 2nd of March, so over 5 months!

What are you working on at the moment?

I: I’m working on a random comic book for the Comics Club fair at the Literary festival in October.

J: I’m doing some character design, and some work to take into the work experience I’m going to be doing at a printing company!

A few panels from Jenni’s strip in Tales From Dundee and Beyond: Comics Club Comic Strips Volume 1

What are your favourite comics?

I: I like a lot of comics, I couldn’t pick a favourite!

J: The Beano and The Dandy

What’s the best thing about coming to the DCCS?

I: Having the chance to make up your own comics!

J: I like being around other artists, because not a lot of people draw in my school

A few panels from Islay’s strip in Tales From Dundee and Beyond

Do you go to other clubs or have hobbies that you like to do?

I: I go to Scouts and go cycling sometimes!

J: Just Comics Club – it’s the first one I’ve been to in a few years.

How would you describe Comics Club to people who are interested in coming along?

I and J: It has good people in it and they are very encouraging, and it helps you to come up with new ideas that you might not have thought of otherwise!

Thanks for your time Islay and Jenni!

You can read the rest of Islay and Jenni’s strips in Tales from Dundee and Beyond: Comics Club volume 1, the first collection of strips from Comics Club. Downloadable as a PDF from the link above!

If you’d like to be in the next volume of Comics Club strips, come along to our workshops on Tuesdays (10-13 year olds) and Wednesdays (14-17 year olds) 4.30 – 6.30 each evening!