Learn about illustrating comics, graphic novels

By Eugenia L. Johnson | Dec 28, 2012
James Lyle

Cartoonist and illustrator, James E. Lyle of Waynesville, will do a presentation and demonstration on comic books and graphic novels for Art League of the Smokies at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City.

He’ll talk about his 30-year career as a freelance artist and illustrator, the craft and grammar of comics and brainstorm with the group to create the superhero he’ll sketch in the demonstration.

Sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council, Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools, the event is open to all who are interested. This program received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the department of Cultural Resources, and is offered free of charge.

Lyle, better known as Doodle, is a native of Western North Carolina and grew up in the Waynesville area. In the sixth grade, he decided he wanted to be an artist and has actively pursued that career path.

He graduated with honors from the graphic arts and advertising design curriculum at Southwestern Community College and has worked as a professional cartoonist and illustrator for the past thirty years.

He has been published by such companies as Acclaim Comics, Caliber Comics, Now Comics and Zenescope Entertainment. He has also contributed to the Weekly Reader line of magazines for school age children and has created comic-book style illustrations for Jones Soda Co. featuring professional theatre productions and various professional football teams.

In addition, he has designed T-shirts for major apparel companies and CD covers for recording artists, such as Todd Rundgren, Anne Lough and Sloug Feg.

Lyle lives in Waynesville with his musician wife, Karin, who is the daughter of the “Keebler Elf” artist, Ernie Guldbeck. Lyle has served as the vice-chairman of the Southeast Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society since 2009.

In 2010 he began work on www.darkcandle.net, a webcomic set in Bavaria, 955 A.D. He recently illustrated his first children’s book, “Abraham’s Journey,” for Ambassador International and has begun various collaborations with author, Shane Berryhill.

To learn more and to see some of his many published works of art, go to www.jameslyle.net.

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