comic illustrator and designer

Learn more about me Reed Black and the motives behind my work

More about me, Reed Black Comic Illustrator and the motives behind my work.

I graduated in 2010 from Ringling College of Art + Design with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Illustration. I currently live in Atlanta, GA where I create colorful and thoughtful images for kids of all ages.

I am represented by Alyssa Jennette of the Stonesong Agency.

One tool I could not live without is my iPad pro. Currently it has everything I need to make my work. It allows me to work from anywhere and share my work easily.

My palettes comes from all over, I have huge collections of inspirational material and I like to make my own color pallets for fun.

I create what I do because I want to make a world I’d like to live it. Common themes in my work include: being at rest, tranquil landscapes, and characters that I would like to hang out with.

I create the type of art I do because I’d like to see more thoughtful characters in the world. I ultimately hope that I create accessible images that can inspire others, especially children, to take up a tool and make something of their own.

My favorite part of the process is sketching. I tweak and doodle and build until a character or image feels familiar. It’s like meeting a new friend.


Skills


Illustration

Reed has a Bachelor’s Degree in Illustration from Ringling College of Art + Design.


Comics

Reed has short stories in The Beyond Anthology, Beyond II, and Oh Joy, Sex Toy.


Coloring

Recently Reed colored a story in the Dream Daddy collection by Oni Press.


Writing

Reed has been the sole writer for all of his comic scripts.

Press

Out & Proud LGBTQ Comic Book Characters, and the Drawn Lives of Illustrator Reed Black

The Georgia Voice

The Beyond Anthology is an excellent showcase of queer sci-fi and fantasy

The AV Club

Drawn This Way: An Interview With Artist/Illustrator Reed Black

The Adam Male Blog (nsfw posts and ads)

Testimonials

Reed has a stunning command of color, composition, and playful design all within work brimming with thoughtfulness and compassion.

Shivana Sookdeo, Scholastic: Graphix

Reed is definitely someone I look up to and can rely on without a second thought. He gets his work, whether it be school related or not, finished in a timely fashion and never fails to impress. I have worked with him on Ringling’s Student Government Executive Board and he always handles his tasks with nothing but professionalism. It’s amazing how he’s able to juggle so many different club activities as a senior illustrator and still produce such innovative work. I highly, highly recommend Reed because I know that any task he puts his mind to will be accomplished with the highest degree of quality.

Bethany Lo, Lighting Artist at Naughty Dog