Feature Friday: The Art of Jay Myers
Jay Myers likes to tell a story with each of his drawings, making each character feel alive even if they are standing still. Read more about his vibrant drawings, his inspiration and how he makes time to put pen to paper.
1. What is one aspect of drawing/sketching/inking that you give the highest priority to?
At the moment, because this changes as I become better, it is story. I am trying to give the highest of priority to telling a story with each drawing. I do my art, mostly, in 15-30 minute increments, due to a 40-hour job and placing my family first. Therefore, I don't have a lot of time to figure out what tale I want each drawing to tell. So, my highest priority doesn't always come out. But, it is the highest. Second to that is energy, I want my characters to feel alive even if they are standing still. Then thirdly, form.
2. What is one drawing tool that you use regularly?
My primary sketching tool is a col-erase vermillion color pencil. My primary inking tool is the Pentel Color Brush. (But, I just discovered the super fine tip and dig that a lot.)
3. Do you have any drawing-related resources that you highly recommend reading?
I think Framed Ink by Marcos Mateu-Mestre is amazing, but I mostly follow other artist blogs as well as instagram and twitter accounts.
4. Is there a magazine you read on a daily/weekly basis (online or offline)?
I view blogs and such. That is where the real stuff is. The how to stuff doesn't always work for me. I just don't read it. I look at other artist work see how they do things and then try to figure it out in my own style.
5. Please share 2 or 3 of your illustrations with us.
Iron Giant, I created this image because the onus of the message is in this scene. The Giant who could be the destroyer, chooses to be the hero. As a Christian, this message speaks to the heart of my beliefs. The one who could just wipe us all out chooses to be the hero and save us instead.
Butterfly Boy is a short story that has been in the works for a couple of years now. I have been trying to determine whether I will make this a graphic novel, if I will head the picture book route, or if I will make a hybrid picture novel. The story's message is centered around the adoptive kindness of parents.
The Adventures of Tomy and Jon is a graphic novel, Western Fairytale, that I am working on. This is one of many scenes that I have drawn to help capture the feel of the story.
In my area we have a live draw night at a local movie theater―when anticipated blockbusters (e.g., Pacific Rim) come out. This illustration was drawn during one of those live draw nights.