Have I got an awesome interview for you today! I came across Lore: Olympus as an ad on Instagram a couple of months ago, and after reading the very first chapter I knew I needed to have the writer and Artist on the blog! The coolest part, is that they’re both the same person! Lore Olympus is a webcomic about the romance between Persephone (my favorite goddess) and Hades, and includes a huge amount of gods and goddesses from Mt. Olympus. Rachel Smythe is super cool and I had to pick her brain about her creation.
NAL: Tell us about yourself.
RS: I'm a small, angry woman from New Zealand. I have wrinkles around the upper nose from being judgemental. I really like coffee, snacks, and podcasts.
NAL: Walk us through a normal day.
RS: I'm self-employed, so I work from home. That being the case, I always make sure that I get up before 9 am and follow a regular routine to avoid bad habits.
I normally do about half an hour admin before I settle into drawing for the day. I use a lot of timers to keep myself on track. Using a timer also helps me remember to stretch and take breaks. I used the pomodoro technique to keep myself focused.
If the weather is good I'll take my ipad pro and go draw somewhere that's more interesting than my office.
NAL: Do you have any tattoos?
RS: I have one on my wrist. It's an abstract pattern in a circle shape. I know what it is, but no one else needs to.
NAL: If you could live in any fandom what would you choose and why?
RS: Probably the Dragon Ball Z universe because I like their goofy, expressive eyes.
NAL: As a creator, who would be in your dream team up?
RS: I'm not sure if this counts but I'd really like to share an office with James Baxter.
NAL: What are some of your favorite movies?
RS: Dancer in the Dark, Neon Demon, Fantasia and it’s not a movie but Hannibal.
NAL: Who are some of the people that inspire you?
RS: Don Bluth, James Baxter, Mary Blair, Rebecca sugar, My family and friends.
NAL: Why Greek Mythology?
RS: I love these Gods, they are flawed and relatable.
NAL: What's your creative process?
RS: In terms of writing, I'll draft out some key dramatic events. Then I'll try to join them together. For Example:
• Hades and Zeus are buying matching watches.
• Hades and Zeus wake up from being blackout drunk in the fitting room a wedding dress shop.
How did they get from point a to point b? That's the fun part.
For each chapter, I write a script and then make a draft comic based on the script. I don't always stick to the script, sometimes the drawings will help me write better dialog.
NAL: How would you describe your art style?
RS: Expressive colour blocking?
NAL: If you were a part of Olympus, which God or Goddess would you be?
RS: Nike the goddess of victory, for sure.
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