I have been a long-time fan of Robert Valley’s work, ever since that fateful day in Gosh Comics when I stumbled on his Massive Swerve books. Born In Vancouver, Valley studied animation, before moving to San Francisco. Whilst in San Francisco, he opened up his own company called Maverix studios. Robert Valley has worked on lots of high-profile animation including Beatles rock band (as animation director), Tron Uprising (as character designer and episodic director) and many Gorillaz music videos and shorts (as director and animation director). He has recently received kickstarter funding to publish his latest Massive Swerve book, which features part 2 of Pear Cider and cigarettes graphic novel.
Those familiar with Robert Valley’s work will instantly think of his dramatic angles and exaggerated perspective, which of course, he does brilliantly. My personal favourite Valley trademark technique is his excellent use of first person perspective, which he often deploys for narrative emphasis. You can keep up with Robert Valley over on his blog.