This was a fun project... I love drawing pirates... and I love board games so any time I get to marry the 2 with freelance work it's generally a win.
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an AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR/DESIGNER living amongst the corn with his lovely wife and four children. #SCBWI #AllShipsRise
A teaser image was released Tuesday for the game I have been working on... what a great learning experience this has been! I have done the graphic design work for 2 games previous to this one, but this is my first full art tabletop/board gaming project.
I look forward to sharing more as I can... and certainly looking forward to seeing the game printed and out in the wild eventually.
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I have been thinking about subscribing for a long time and finally just decided to jump in... I'm excited to improve and add some new tools/techniques to my skill-set. I have always been impressed (and enjoyed) Jake Parker and Will Terry's videos, so that was the initial hook for me.
Ultimately, I just want to get better... always open to learning something new, never satisfied with where I am as an artist/illustrator.
From my site:
"ANDY JEWETT is a published cartoonist living amongst the corn with his lovely wife and four children. I like telling stories, drawing and stuff."
ALSO from my site:
I grew up reading various newspaper strips (Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes were/are huge for me), Mickey Mouse, Uncle Scrooge, Archie Comics, a ton of Heathcliff and any superhero titles my mom would let me have. Always in trouble for drawing on whatever I could get my hands on, the art bug bit early... thankfully I had parents that were very supportive in developing this talent and bought me my first drawing table at age 10.
There was a long time period where I put down my pencils and focused only on a career in design... forgetting almost entirely the world of comics. But a trip to the local comic shop, in 2004, brought it all back and the bug bit me once again. I got involved with a local creators group and joined many forums trying to get back into drawing and specifically creating comics.
Nowadays, I'm busy with freelance work, anthologies, submissions and personal projects. The goal is always to improve as a storyteller.
Feel free to talk to me.
LOVE seeing other people's work spaces...
HOME STUDIO (Glorified Closet)
Nice and toasty tucked next to the furnace...
I used to have an offsite studio downtown that I loved but I was unable to get there as much as I wanted so it was more financially responsible to move back home for freelance... I may eventually put up a couple walls downstairs and make a more comfortable space for my work but we'll see.
MY OLD STUDIO (Downtown)
Interesting. Like you, I understand the intention of it... but, it seems very limiting too.
I would need to do more research and spend more thoughtful time considering it all though before just reacting. I am a big believer in all people are created equal... sadly though, not all people are treated as equals.
Here's the latest version of me playing with this image... still want to try painting it.
Probably not going to be able to continue subscribing to SVS... I have loved being a part of the community. Thanks for all the kind words and encouragement I have received here. you guys are great!
UPDATED IMAGE... I unfortunately ran out of time to finish this (too many projects rolling right now). But it has sparked some story ideas so I am going to keep picking at it. Congrats to the winners and thanks to SVS Admins for hosting a contest that has given me some fresh ideas.
Hey, @lee-white Looking forward to "Finding Your Style," the title card looks fun... good job as always.
• I would personally love to see you guys (at least occasionally) revisit the subscribers/students submit illustrations for draw-over/ critique format.
• More interviews with different industry professionals would be great as well... agents, editors, art directors, writers, etc.
• Another "writing for children's books" would be great. Maybe with a more current/up and coming author... I got to meet Tammi Sauer at a recent SCBWI conference, she would be a great choice (if she's available). "Realities of being a children's book author" or something like that.
• Studio tours... or, building a great artist's studio... what you need to have, etc. I know this is really subjective due to choice of medium and certainly because of differing personalities, but maybe a top 10 must haves in your freelance studio?
• Beginning to end, real-life project breakdown would also be great. The whole process exploded... always fascinating and certainly valuable information.
I have 4 kids (ages 12, 11, 8 and 6)... it's definitely a major concern when thinking about the future and working towards going full-time freelance... but I'm sure we'll figure it out. I've found myself getting up much earlier to get a couple hours in and I've started sketching/doing studies in the evenings on my iPad. I'm also trying to write/revise children's book manuscripts... so the challenges are many, but I also desire to be an engaged father as much as is humanly possible.
The "how do you do it?!" is certainly going to look different for everyone, but ultimately... anything worth doing is going to require sacrifice and work.