Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Illustrator Interview - Jack Teagle

1. When did you get you first get published?
Probably just when I graduated, maybe a month after. I had my first job come through for an editorial illustration. That was just about 2 years ago.

2. How do you go about getting published?
It just sort of happens, it was completely out of the blue. I used to think there was a methodical practice to getting work, but there isn't. The best you can do is work hard and make sure your work gets seen, contact potential clients, etc. I just worked and worked and worked and published as much as I could online for clients to see.

3. What kind of clients do you have?
I have a real mix, some editorial, some advertising and some for design based projects.
The biggest repeat clients I've had are for editorial work. Advertising tends to be one off work.

4. Have you ever had a client ask for changes to something that you had done for them or not pay you for the job?
I haven't had anyone not pay, but changes can be quite common. I used to use acrylics to paint most of my work, but now i find myself working digitally because it makes it so much easier to edit. 

5. How much do you make on average?
Per Month? At the moment I've been paying myself £800 and spending carefully. All of my jobs are payed into my business account and I have set up a standing order to pay myself a steady amount. I'm trying to make sure I don't run out of money and I'm still learning to balance everything, so that's why I don't pay myself that much. Soon I'm thinking about upping my wage to £1000 and seeing how my business account does. I make a lot more than what I pay myself, but I try not to be greedy. Some weeks will be slim, and I won't make that much, but sometimes I'll work on a job that pays anything from £500-£2000 that keeps me going. I've had a few good jobs that paid £3000 and £6000 that kept me going too, and sometimes if I've had a solo show and people have bought paintings that can bring in a few thousand.
I'm still learning and trying to find a reasonable balance.

6. Have you ever done any work for hire?
Once for an animation company, I was character designing for them and worked on a daily rate. It was a pretty good job, unfortunately there wasn't that much work involved, so it only lasted a few days.

7. What is your current work schedule like?
It's manic. I'm currently balancing a childrens book, a comic series for Nobrow, I have a monthly slot illustrating for a specific magazine as well as other illustration work. On top of that I'm working on a few group shows and charity events and workshops. I'm glad though, because it's helped to prove to myself that I'm making enough money to support myself, and I know that I'm working as hard as I can.

8. While you were in college, did you work as well?
Yeah, I really enjoyed it. Because fees cost so much I wanted to make sure I got the most out of my education and worked as hard as I could. I was determined to start a career in art and illustration after working a few awful dead end jobs.

9. What got you interested in doing what you're doing now?
Reading comics, cartoons, film, band posters, tshirt graphics and lowbrow art. That really inspired me to create art, and I used to make band posters for local bands, and I've always drawn comics. I just always wanted to be paid for it.

10. Did you know what you wanted to do when you were in college?
Not straight away no. I really wanted to paint and draw comics, but I had no idea where that fit in. I looked at a lot of graphic art, and assumed that I wanted to start persuing Graphic Design. I took a foundation degree and had to take illustration classes, and had the whole world of illustration opened up to me. I used to think it was quite dry and outdated, but thats definately not the case.

11. What are you major influences?
Japanese Tokusatsu shows, outsider artists (Henry Darger, Howard Finster, Louis Wain), Bruce Bickford's animations, action figures, pulp fiction and silver age comics and alternative comics. I find a lot of inspiration in the area I live too, rural England, it's very bleak, very sparce and I think it's helped me to develop a unique sense of humour that I have weaved into my artwork.

12. Favorite illustrator?
Gary Baseman and Gary Panter. I can't pick between the two. Their work spreads across into so many different fields and I find that really inspiring. They both produce fine art, comics, animations, editorial work, advertising work, and much more, and I like that they haven't restricted themselves, they take anything on.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Generating Topics

Current Events
  1. TokyoPop Went Bankrupt
  2. Whether or Not Schools Should Be Separated by Gender
  3. Rising Costs
  4. Latest Findings in Psychology
  5. Next Generation of Video Game Consoles
  6. Earthquake in the East Coast
  7. Bookstores Closing
  8. The Crazy Scary Spread of MLP on the Internet
  9. Terrible Job Market
  10. Politics
Ongoing Debates
  1. Economic Future of America
  2. Revamp of the Education System
  3. Nurture Versus Nature
  4. Abortion
  5. Rights of People
  6. Idealism Versus Realism
  7. Japan's Declining Population and High Suicide Rates
  8. China's Status
  9. What Is Art?
  10. Celebrity Bullshit
Personal Interests
  1. Psychology
  2. Anthropology
  3. Video Games
  4. Archaeology
  5. Contemporary Art
  6. Manga & Anime
  7. Japanese Culture
  8. Philosophy
  9. Music (Except Country and Rap)
  10. Books
Things That Are Going On That I Hate
  1. Genocide
  2. War
  3. Racisim
  4. Globalization
  5. Hipster Culture
  6. Just-World Phenomenon
  7. Too Much Repetition in Video Games
  8. Political Groups That Pass the Blame onto Whatever's New (ex. heavy metal, rock, video games)
  9. Ignorance
  10. Lack of Altruism
Things That Are Going On That I Love
  1. The Occasional Act of Altruism
  2. Indie Games
  3. Mass Spread of Ideas
  4. Globalization
  5. Innovation of Technology
  6. Contemporary Art
  7. The Somewhat Scary Growth of the MLP Fandom
  8. A Few Modern Cartoons That Give Proof That Cartoons Aren't Dead Yet
  9. Good Web Comics
  10. Overall Life Improving
Things That May Happen Which I'm Looking Forward
  1. Affordable Robots
  2. New Cures for Diseases
  3. Innovation in the Video Game Industry
  4. An Actual Purpose to 3-D in Movies
  5. Social Change
  6. More Innovative Technology
  7. An End to One Piece
  8. All the People Who Doubted Me Falling Off a Cliff Into a Pit of Eels
  9. An End to Hipsterness
  10. A Little More Recognition of Those Who Actually Like Japanese Culture Not Being Weeaboos.
Subjects That Are Important To People I Know, But Which I Either Don't Care Or Know Much About
  1. Religion
  2. The State of Our Youth
  3. Overuse of Cursing
  4. Violent Media
  5. Diminishing Morals
  6. Child Service Laws
  7. Job Market
  8. Economy
  9. Politics
  10. Laws

One Hundred Circles

Here's my top 25.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Illustrator Research - Joseph Leyendecker

Illustrator Research - Tamara de Lempicka

Tamara de Lempicka was born in 1898 in Warsaw, Poland to a wealthy family. Desperate to become independent from her family, in 1916 she married a well-known ladies' man by tempting him with a large dowry. In 1917 her husband was arrested during the Russian Revolution, but she searched the prisons and got him out. Due to her husband's laziness, she began painting, inspired by Art Deco and Picasso. In 1925 she participated in her first major show and was an instant success. During the 20s she met with many artists including Picasso and had affairs with both men and women. Her husband eventually got tired of it and divorced her in 1928. Her busy career and socialite status left no time for her daughter who was pissed at her mother for not being there. Tamara lost all her money in the Stock Market Crash of 1929 but cemented his status when she married a Baron in 1933. In 1962 she retired after her new style was not taken well by critics. After he husband's death in 1962, she lived with her daughter and her family for awhile and complained about the good ol' days until she died in her sleep in 1980.

Illustrator Research - Maxfield Parrish

Maxfield Parrish was born in 1870 in Philadelphia. His interests at a very young age were always aimed at art.  In college he tried to join one of Howard Pyle's classes, and Pyle told him he had nothing to teach him. He did join a few of Pyle's classes but realized Pyle was right and began his career. He illustrated for several magazines and books, and by 1904 he the covers for many magazines. From 1937 to 1962 he painted luminescent landscapes for calenders. He was best known for his color, which was called "Parrish blue." He died in 1966 in his studio in his sleep.

Illustrator Research - Ludwig Hohlwein

Ludwig Hohlwein was born in Germany in 1874. He was trained as an architect until 1906 when he decided poster design was the way to go. During WWI he designed propaganda posters for Germany. He is known as the most prominent poster designer Germany will ever seen now and forever. By 1925 he had designed over 3000 posters for advertisements. He died in 1939 but his designs were still used after his demise.

Illustrator Research - Arthur Rackham

Arthur Rackham was born in 1867 in London as one of twelve children. At the age of 18, he worked as a clerk but studied art on the side. He didn't really publish much when he was a clerk, but in 1892 he left his secure job to become a full-time illustrator. Most of his work was mostly in children's books but was overall stiff and dull. In 1905, however, after publishing Rip Van Winkle (5th picture) his style developed, and he reached his peak and published many more stories ranging from Shakespeare to classic stories. He keep up this steady stream of brilliant art until his death in 1939.

Illustrator Research - James Montgomery Flagg

James Montgomery Flagg was born in 1877 in New York and was already publishing in several prominent magazines when he was 12. Between 1898-1900 he studied fine art in London and Paris, then returned to the United States and was publishing again. His most famous work was the "I WANT YOU for the U.S. Army"  propaganda poster with Uncle Sam on it done in 1917 for WWI. Interesting fact- Uncle Sam's face is based on Flagg's 'cause it was easier than finding a model. He was the highest paid illustrator at his peak. He died in 1960.

Illustrator Research - Frederic Remington

Before I even start on this guy, I just want to say one thing. What's with all the fucking cowboys?


Anyway, Frederic Remington was born in 1861 in Canton, New York to a military father who fought in the Civil War, and that's where Remington got his obsession with cavalry and military operations. He did go to art school but slacked off a lot. He got his first publication in a magazine mainly due to his uncle, and overall disliked commercialized art since publishers sacrificed art and truth to action and sensationalism. And he wanted to draw more cowboys. He proposed to the same girl three time over several years, and she finally accepted on the third try, which just goes to show that persistence works eventually. In 1897 he went on scene to illustrate moments of the Spanish-American war. The war made him unhappy, so he started making bronze horses. He died in 1909 in his studio from appendicitis.