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27 mar 2013

Interview: Jaw Cooper

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Jaw Cooper , a painter and  sculptor, has a her very own style and she ‘s about to expose her amazing artwork at the Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles the 5th of April. So if you are lucky enough to be around that day, visit the show, meanwhile enjoy this little interview and don’t forget to visit her website (her sketches are beautiful!) or her blog. Enjoy!


How long have you been in the illustration industry and how did you start?

I started working while still in college for illustration- so I would guess about 7 years. I started with a variety of small freelance jobs- t-shirt graphics, tattoo designs, painting commissions, that kind of thing.

What’s your background?

Professionally I am an illustrator and gallery artist. Personally I am a world traveler and lover of hiking and english muffins.


How would you define your style?

Feral girls and furious animals.

What’s are your influence?

Curio cabinets, fashion photography, forms found in nature, and anything alien, bizarre, or flawed.


minion-Jaw Cooper

How do you get inspire? How do you feed your creativity?

I make playlists of music to work to, and I make lists of words- colors/motifs/emotive words/etc- to synthesize my ideas.


How do you work? Do you have a routine that you like to follow?

I make lists, then I gather reference and start sketching. When I get something I like I transfer it to heavyweight paper and mount the paper to board and then I paint it, usually with waterproof india ink and gouache.


Do you allow yourself time for your personal project on a regular basis or only when you can? And why?

I frequently take time away from freelancing to work on personal work. I think personal work enriches your commercial work, and commercial work pushes you out of your comfort zone which improves your personal work.

Teach me Tiger - Jaw Cooper

Best and worst things of being an illustrator?

Best: Being able to make a living doing something you are passionate about. Worst: Having your self-worth inextricable from the quality of the work you are producing at the moment.


Favourite material to draw:

To draw with? Colorase pencil in carmine red.


Your favourite place to work:

At my desk overlooking Spring St in downtown L.A.


What project are you actually working on?

I’m freelancing at various motion and print companies around LA and wrapping up the loose ends on this upcoming show “Laid bare” at La Luz de Jesus Gallery.


Your favourite artists:

Hokusai, Hiroshige, Sargent, Leyendecker, Haeckel, Audubon, Mucha, Toulouse-Lautrec, Steinlen and Chéret.


And finally, one tips or advice for those who want to work in this industry: 

Work hard on your craft so that your skills are competitive and and live richly so you have something to say with your work.



—————— upcoming show details ——————
April 5 – 28, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, April 5th, 8-11 pm
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027


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28 mar 2011

Interview Khristian A Howell

2 Comments Creative process, illustrator, Interview

When you see her artwork, it feels like spring, sun and joie de vivre. An absolute delight for the eyes,Khristian A Howell nicely accepted to answer my questions. Don’t forget to check (again there new stuff!) her website and her blog .

How long have you been in the surface design industry and how did you start?

I have been an independent artist since August 2008. Prior to that I worked as a designer in the kidswear product development area at Nordstrom. You can find the whole story here :
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02 mar 2011

Interview: Stephen Silver

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Today interview is with Stephen Silver!!! I’am so happy  because as you probably know, Stephen Silver is the character design of Kim Possible,Danny PhantomHe also worked on Penguins of Madagascar and I’m Kim fan…^3^.  Check out his blog , his website, his podcasts and enjoy this interview. And all the people that where at Angoulême and were able to see him, I so envy you !!!! Stephen Silver will expose at Artludik , a gallery in Paris from the 19th of April 2011.

How long have you been in the animation industry and how did you start?

I’ve been in since 1997 and I submitted my portfolio to Warner bros and was hired as a character designer.

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22 nov 2010

Interview: Naoko Matsunaga

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Today interview is with illustrator Naoko Matsunaga. Her illustrations are delightful and colorful. She illustrates for magazine,advertising etc. Enjoy the interview and  check out her sweet website.

How long have you been in the illustration industry and how did you start?

I have been a full time freelance illustrator for 4 years. I was in the fashion industry as a designer and a pattern maker for 8 years before I became Read more

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25 oct 2010

Interview: Solène Debiès

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Remember Solène Debiès and her delightful illustrations that I talk about ? Didn’t  you want to know a bit more about her? Ask no more here it’s the interview. Enjoy! Don’t forget to look at her site!

How long have you been in the illustration industry, and how did you start?

After a first experience in an advertizing agency, I began as a freelance illustrator in the year 2000.

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16 sep 2010

Interview: Samantha Hahn

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For the first interview after the summer,we have Samantha Hahn. I talked about her ethereal work last week, and now you will be able to find out a bit more about her. Please visit her website and don’t forget to check out her blog too. now enjoy!

How long have you been in the illustration industry and how did you start?
My mom was a freelance illustrator while I was growing  up so I always borrowed her materials and used her drawing table when she was not using it. I was exposed to fashion and magazines and I just loved drawing since the day a crayon was first put in my hand! I went on to study Illustration and receive my BFA from Syracuse University and then I went on for an MA in art education from Columbia University. After my masters degree program I focused on painting for a while but my heart was not fully in the fine art world. Read more

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03 abr 2010

Interview of Alessandro Carloni

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Interview of Alessandro Carloni (how to train your dragon) by Bobby Chiu

18 ene 2010

Interview: Lucy Truman

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Today’s interview is with Lucy Truman. She is an illustrator from United Kingdom. Her illustrations are very feminine and have this 50′s touch. Check her website, it’s very nice to see!


You are mainly drawing for products, magazine, how and why did you choose this path?

I work for a variety of mediums – I do a lot of editorial / magazine work day to day. But I also work for Publishers and advertising agency for Products such as Kiwi shoe products, Braun, Garnier etc

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04 ene 2010

interview: Inkymole

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For the first interview of the year, we have Inkymole. Behind this “nickname”, there is Sara Coleman an illustrator and lettering artist from Leicestershire (UK). Her calligraphy and hand-lettering are creative, whimsical and pretty girly. All her work is inspiring. Please visit her website and her blog, you can even have a glance at her studio! Enjoy.


How long have you been in the illustration and typography industry and how
did you start
- 16 years! I started drawing and writing as a child with my dad’s ink pens. Studied art at school, before going to Birmingham Institute of Art and Design to study a illustration degree. I got my first commission job in the second year of university, so by the time I left I already had a modest list of clients and some published work. Read more

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22 dic 2009

interview: Charuca

3 Comments Creative process, designers, General, illustrator, Interview

Today’s interview is with Spanish illustrator Charuca.  She’s one of the fews Europeans  that are in the Kawaii Market, market that began to be huge few years ago. Recently, Charuca become a brand and has entered in the licensing world. Be aware! The invasion of Cuties has begun! And if you don’t know what mean kawaii, Charuca is the owner of a blog magazine, which is all about kawaii and cute culture. Can’t speak Spanish? Believe you me, sometimes cuteness doesn’t need words. I love her character designs.  Her licensing brand has its own website.

What does a licensing illustrator actually do?

Actually, I don’t feel myself like a Licensing illustrator, but as an illustrator and designer. In my daily work, I do everything, creating new graphics, product designs, and some advertisement work. I take care of promoting my websites, try to stay in touch with the followers of Charuca. I love my job, but there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything I’d like to do. picture-91
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