Jason has mastered watercolors...but then acrylics. With all his abilities and the fact that he has an armlength full of accomplishments from magazine covers...movie works (one with Jennifer Anisten and Vince Vaughn being advertised now to be at theaters soon)... commissions and so forth...he took his portfolio to the Chicago American Art Academy. We encouraged him to give it a shot though other students were much younger and he was 28 years of age. Unfortunately, financially we could in no way help him with tuition.
I don't think he was very confident he'd have much hope getting in, but his mother and I never doubted it. He was given a scholarship in full for his entire four years...though he has to pay some administrative costs.
Thing is...all that to tell you ...the first attitude we must have as artists is one that never believes we have arrived. That there is still more, always more just out of reach.
Jason worked several years with a magazine teaching himself Adobe Photoshop so he could get out of other aspects of the business. He earned the eye of the art director there and when their cartoonist of their last two pages quit and moved, he got a shot. He was a hit...and had two different strips. ONe was called, "Jives and Gaven" and here they are...
He started doing sketches of people around him wanting more and more to get away from a cartoony look of people...though he was very good at capturing their personality. Then he did sketches of people in this ten floor apartment he is living in for a few dollars each, and from there he got a job at Navy Pier in Chicago at a caricature business. There his boss was impressed at his hunger to learn and improve, and there were steps in this business for the sake of speed and getting better he had to learn. Mentored as it were...
Then he paid attention to what caricaturists everywhere were doing. Not just the mall caricaturists, but Six Flags...and beyond to the big dogs like Kruger. Eventually he got some magazine jobs...did a lot of caricatures for knowns like Schwarzenneger...(though this one was not for Arnold..two others were)
He attended a national caricaturist's convention...saw what many bigger names were doing, but then was shocked that many of them had already heard of his name...probably from his covers he did for Cracked magazine. I'll say his reaction to be known was more like dumbfounded!
He has come to be seen favorably by some bigger names...often receives emails from them, including Mad magazine. He has kept a good friendship with Jan Opdebeeck...(worth checking out.. http://www.opdebeeck.com/
In my opinion, I'd say though that Jason went thru a bit of turning point when he did this drawing of our granddaughter...his little Beau Beau...as a gift for his wife Kat,
His caricatures are becoming more and more, well... sophisticated...and after this next semester's oil painting at the academy I won't be surprised if he attempts some serious oil portraits.
He began with a hunger to be known and the best in caricature...but I wouldn't be surprised if all this leads to becoming known in class A portraiture.
Thing is...he follows his heart, doors open with opportunities and he's not been hesitant to walk in thru those doors. He has self-imposed ethics based on our common faith regarding those things he will refuse to do...but I believe he's been blessed overflowingly because of it. He is very principled.
So...that is how he has developed in the last ten years of his life. Before that Jason as a youth sketched all the time around the house, sure...saw me working in my studio (though I never pushed him) and I'd like to think might have been influenced by my own work ethic, but he marched to a beat of his own drum. Loved to sketch things like the Star War characters back then...lots of stuff. Now I'd say watching him is like an encouragement to me...spurring me on to keep on keeping on in my older age! hee heeee...
To get better you have to see yourself becoming better. You act in faith upon what at the moment is not...forcing upon yourself situations to draw, accepting opportunities. Jason has been hired out to do wedding receptions and various events where he gets paid one whopping big fee to be there, and is fun for guests to sit and be drawn. One suggestion is to make yourself available for high schools that have post prom parties in their schools....Jason did that once for the high school I teach at. Kids have a blast watching, being made fun of and laughing at the expense of their classmates and friends.
I have a number of articles here in the illustration forum and throughout the community showing Jason's work..and you can click on my profile and my own past threads to find them.
Here is his website, and don't hesitate to say hi to him...!