Each artist is idiosyncratic and the sum of their experiences. We talk to artists from different styles and disciplines to see what makes them tick. In this Spotlight, we talk to Jake Lawrence, a cartoonist and illustrator based in Australia.
I'm a cartoonist, i made a comic book called Teen Dog published by Boom! Studios. I've mostly worked as an illustrator while also publishing comics online for the last few years but I've been drawing since i was a kid like most kids do!
Lately I've been working on some comic projects that have been set in Australia which is where I live. There's a lot of weird stuff to draw on that's pretty unique to Australia and growing up here so it's been fun. Most of my past comics have been fantasy or surrealist so I haven't really done much Australian influenced stuff until recently.
Probably dogs. they're the best, they're always happy to see you.
There's a painting called "A Bigger Grand Canyon" by David Hockney which I saw at the national gallery of Australia which I always think about. It's colours are so vibrant and amazing and it's huge, probably almost 8 metres wide so it just really pulls you in. It's really something.
I mostly use digital methods these days. I have a small tablet which has really taken a beating over the last five or so years but it's still kicking. I do enjoy working with ink as well when I have time. I don't know if I'd have any skills or techniques outside of practicing a lot, you've just gotta put in the time.
Once I started taking proper care of my wrists my work got a lot easier. I messed my wrist up pretty badly because I wasn't looking after it and couldn't work much for a few months so I usually tell people to do stretches and lift some weights every couple of days to strengthen them up. Looking after yourself and wrists/hands is better than any drawing tip I can give.
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