For as long as John Floyd can remember, he loved to draw. As a child he drew superheroes, monsters, machines and dragons. He started collecting comics when he was around 6 years old and the Fantastic Four was his favorite. Jack Kirby was and still is his idol. When he was 9 he wrote to Marvel saying that what he wanted most for his tenth birthday was an original drawing by Jack, and even though he didn’t work there anymore they forwarded the letter on to California. When John received a drawing from Jack in the mail, it “changed my life forever. From then on I was determined to become a comic book artist.” At age 11, John began publishing a comic book which ran for 5 issues. He went on to study art at North Carolina School of the Arts, East Carolina University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and graduated from The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in New Jersey.
John's film career began when he moved to Wilmington, NC, to pursue work as a storyboard artist. Though he had no prior experience, within six months he landed his first film. Director Martha Coolidge recognized his talent and hired him to work on "Rambling Rose," which was nominated for 2 Academy Awards - for best actress (Laura Dern) and best supporting actress (Diane Ladd). John's storyboards can be seen on the "Rambling Rose" special edition DVD and the laser disk. Next he did the storyboards for "Hellraiser III" which he enjoyed, having been a fan of the first two films. A Kung Fu movie, "Bloodmoon," followed, as did the network television sci-fi flick, "Target Earth," and the yet to be produced "The Cowboy and The Cossack." John was the storyboard artist on "Tristyn's Trumphet" and painted the movie poster and designed the crew T-shirt for "The Mill". More recently John storyboarded a TV commercial and did production ink art for "Django Unchained".
John's areas of expertise are comic book penciling and inking, pen and ink illustration, airbrush and watercolor painting, portraiture, storyboards and digital art. He lists his influences as Jack Kirby, Barry Windsor-Smith, Steranko, Gil Kane, Joe Sinnott, Joe Kubert , Jim Lee, P. Craig Russell, Neal Adams, Bernie Wrightson, Paul Gulacy, Jim Starlin, Rich Corben, Moebius, H.R. Giger, and Salvador Dali. His future plans are to pursue more illustration work and to finally get around to writing and drawing the adventures of the comic book characters he has created over the years.
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John states: “There’s nothing I enjoy more than artwork!” He is happiest when he is in his studio surrounded by his art.
All artwork on this site is shown purely as examples of John Floyd’s art.
A special word of thanks to the editors who have hired me and the artists who have hired or recommended me to ink their work in comics. And thanks to the film directors, art directors, screenwriters, and producers I’ve collaborated with in films. It was a pleasure to work with all of you.