When Kenneth Rocafort was a child he spent his time making his own superman comics and drawing robots. Before long he started to follow what European Artists were doing in comics.
He first discovered Heavy Metal magazine when some of his father’s friends were going through one. “when I picked it up they would say. ‘Hey its not for your age’ and take it away’ ‘ Kenneth remembers. But even from that brief glimpse into the adult comic, he was already intrigued by the Science Fiction and Fantasy orientation of the stories.
Kenneth’s own work is show no fear of color. These colorful images present a stark contrast to the dark and sinister story lines that fill his head. It gives fiefdom project a sense of balance that other comics don’t have. After all just because the story is dark, morbid and filled with evil, doesn’t mean that the world and the character s within it have to be illustrated with dulled out grays and sepia tones.
The environment that Kenneth grew up in was filled with art supplies that his father used as a graphic designer. The abundance of markers, brushes, and pencils, presented him with an opportunity to explore his imagination on paper. He even speculates that If his father was a pianist then maybe he would have grown up playing the piano, but instead he grew up with the tools of an artist.
The initial stages of the page layout and illustration are finished by hand before he takes the drawing into photoshop to be painted. The resemblance to markers and paint are there because that was the medium he was most familiar with before he began using photoshop.
One of the key characteristics of Kenneth’s work is where occasionally story breaks out of the boundaries of the panels. Rough edges or hand drawn borders to the panels help draw the viewer in without losing the flow of the story itself. Essentially the reader still follows the same path as in most comic books only the rhythm of reading is paced by the layout of the page. This means the standard of reading from top to bottom or in a ‘z’ pattern hasn’t changed. The rhythm is broken up by characters breaking out of the panels or the panels become part of the story by their design.
“Always try to stay on top or one step ahead of art. When you open a comic book inside the store and see other artists work…realize that you have to do better than that. Don’t copy…Its better to create your own style and move forward with your own art.”
Check out more of Kenneth’s amazing artwork online at His Website.