Monday, January 31, 2011
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1. First of all, please introduce yourself to ELLE Girl Korea.
My name is Jon and I am an American artist currently living in Rochester Hills, Michigan. I was born in South Korea but moved to the United States when I was less than a year old. I attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland where I earned a bachelors in Illustration. Now I divide my time between doing freelance illustration for editorial publications and work for gallery exhibitions. I have exhibited mostly in the United States but also overseas a bit too.
2. When did you have your ‘first’ sketchbook? Do you still have it?
I really can not remember, but it must have been some time in elementary school. I do not have many of my early sketchbooks anymore, which is unfortunate because it can be really fun looking at your artwork from childhood. Most of the sketchbooks I have are from the past 10 years.
3. Please introduce the theme of your sketchbooks (cartoon, travel, story..).
My sketchbooks usually do not have a theme to them. I use them to record whatever random and interesting images pop into my head. It is very much my free thinking recorded on the pages. If the sketchbook is unified in any way, it is usually by whatever medium I choose to use.
4. Usually which materials do you use to feature your sketchbook? (ex: color paper, pencil, crayon, acrylic, watercolors and so on)
I use a lot of pen and ink, acrylic paint, watercolor and sometimes markers and collage paper elements.
5. What is the most beautiful thing about having my own sketchbook?
There are no rules and you can experiment in any way you choose. The only person you have to please is yourself.
6. What do your sketchbooks mean to you?
They are very personal, sort of like a journal. They are also a record of the past, which can be very insightful to reflect upon later. When you look at old sketchbooks, you can remember what you were interested in at the time you created the artwork.
7. What is your favorite color and why?
I like the color green a lot. Green can be a very versatile color in expressing emotion in art. It also has a lot of associations with nature, which I really appreciate.
8. Do you have a wanna-be artist? Who is she/he?
I really admire the work of artists like William Blake, Gustaf Tenggren, Alfred Kubin, Harry Clarke, Remedios Varos, Kikki Smith, Giorgio de Chirico and Ernst Haeckel.
9. Are there things you want to come true this year? Are you working on some projects?
I think it would be fun to have a solo art exhibition this year, work with some new editorial clients, make an animation and work on my painting some more. I have a collaborative sketchbook project I am working on right now, as well as a group show in New York later in the year.
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|Artist List: Issue 19|
John John Jesse
Lily Mae Martin
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
I've been working on this new piece since thursday. Put a solid 12 hours into it today (my hand feels like it's permanently curled into a claw at the moment). Obviously I was not drawing while I took this photo, but you can get a sense of scale with my hand and pencil there. This is only one portion of the drawing. Stay tuned....
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Did this piece about 4 months back. It was supposed to be in a show overseas, but something tells me that is not going to be happening now. Anyway, I just thought I'd share it with you all :)
Monday, January 3, 2011
I did this piece for a show that never ended up happening, but I thought I'd show you all. I did most of it earlier in the fall, and then actually finished it up and scanned it at the very end of December. It measures 18" x 24".