Artist FAQs

Artist FAQs

What do you mean by ‘artist’?
A cartoonist mainly. Freelance animator – and by that I mean – usually creating short animations that are my own creations. I am also an actor. Acting has been one of the most intense, interesting and gratifying paths I have ever taken thus far. Comes with being a bit of a film geek I guess.

What is your style?
My style has varied in the past. What has remained consistent though, is that I have honed my ‘cartoony look’ over the years and it’s distinct to be ‘my own’ – which I love! I am not the greatest artist in the world, nor will I ever profess to be, but I am very confident with my style and approach overall.

Do you still practice other methods and use different media?
Yes. The great thing about drawing is you never really stop practicing and improving. One of the best ways you can do that, in my honest, humble opinion, is to experiment where you can and try different things.

What is your favourite media to draw or sketch in?
I’ve always loved drawing with pencils and I ADORE ink! I would also say watercolour and pastels as well (for added effect) – but overall – ‘washed inks’ act like a watercolour ‘base’. That would leave pastels as the occasional thing I would use from time-to-time as well as coloured pencils.

Do you like digital for artwork production?
Yes. I dig it immensely truth be told. Here’s a few reasons why:

  • Expense: once you’re setup with the programs, it’s very cheap to use (if you think about it, you’re never replenishing materials)
  • Variety: there’s access to so many online digital resources with most programs – it’ll make your head spin!
  • Integration and workflow: you can generally move between programs provided that you setup the programs in a certain way – or – at the very least, if you save as a general file with an alpha channel (i.e. PNG etc.) then you can easily import from one program into another and work from there.
  • Upload: once you’re done – boom! – straight-up to your website or whichever site or platform you wish!
  • Exposure: the possibilities here are endless really…

Would you recommend art classes?
YES! Just – yes! – best thing you can do to improve and work on your artistic approach and style. Books as well! Lots and lots of books…

Who are some of your influences?
Whoa, heaps! Honestly, it really does vary. Art wise and approach, it would be cartoonists both from yesteryear past and present. Same with regards to writing and approach. Some key figures to note though would be (and in no particular order): Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Humberto Ramos, J. Scott Campbell, Stan Lee, Ralph Bakshi, Matt Groening, Jim Lujan, Chuck Jones and Harry Partridge.

Trust me, there’s many, many more that have escaped me for the moment.

Why aren’t you doing more animation? I thought you were an ‘animator’ as well?
Simply put: a combination of time and money. Animation is fantastic and it’s etched right through my very core and integrated throughout my artistic style – however – it is one heck of a process! I am always drawn back to it (no terrible pun intended there by the way) – but when I am reminded of dealing with sound (an issue that seems to be overlooked – ugh!) voice actors, rates, royalty free music (or music tracks), compiling and then exporting to be uploaded – it’s a very draining and time consuming process, but hey! That’s animation, man!

I’ve always stated that I am cartoonist, so chances are, I’ll be pulled back to it again at some point. In fact, it’s almost a sure possibility…

Are commissions open?
Yes. Please do drop me an email if you have a request here

Am I allowed to use your works (or any other work on another site) that is your for any purpose?
The best and easiest recommendations I can provide for this answer are as follows:

  1. Read the Copyright FAQs
  2. If you have a question or query regarding this, please do contact me and I will gladly see what I can do to answer your request.

Thank you for reading this! Appreciate all the support and feedback!
Cheers,
Jake