Featured Artist: The Art of Mike Jackson
This week we're featuring the art of Mike Jackson, he brings life to his illustrations with color really making them "pop". Take a look at some of his Pentel-powered art, we love how he puts his own spin on drawing comic, TV and movie characters.
1. What is one aspect of drawing/sketching/inking that you give the highest priority to?
For me personally, the coloring stage of any illustration always receives my greatest attention. The use of color can really make an image pop and allows from great expression. I love the freedom and power that color provides, it can turn an average image into a spectacular one.
2. What is one drawing tool that you use regularly?
The Pentel Pocket Brush is the tool that is used on almost everything I draw. I love using ink for outlining and detailing my work and the versatility of the Pocket Brush enables me to finely detail a picture as well as throw down some bold lines. Also, the Pentel Sunburst White Gel Pen compliments then Pocket Brush nicely, it's great for highlighting and speckling on those black areas.
3. Do you have any drawing-related resources that you highly recommend reading?
It's an oldie but a goodie: "Figure drawing for all it's worth" by Andrew Loomis. It's a book I have with me always (via the magic of smartphones and tablets). It has and continues to help me develop as an artist. I've so much to learn yet and I've no doubt this book will help me further still.
4. Is there a magazine you read on a daily/weekly basis (online or offline)?
As is probably evident from my art, I'm a comics fan. So it's no great surprise that I read way more comics than I do magazines. I'm a big Batman fan so obviously that's a regular read for me alongside great web comics such as The Naturals. I'm forever discovering and hearing about new comics, it's an exciting and diverse medium.
5. Please share 2 or 3 of your illustrations with us.
I enjoy drawing what I guess would be deemed "fan art", so most my drawings are usually of popular comic, TV or movie characters, but I always like to add my own spin on them. You can find further examples of my work at www.mikimusprime.co.uk, here you can also find a link to my store which stocks both prints and original art.
Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harry Potter movies: this sounds odd but I was inspired by the hair. I love drawing images that let me go wild with ink and colour and the character and image were perfect for me.
Batman: after seeing some alternative looking interpretations of The Dark Knight on social media I was inspired to draw my own. I love seeing other artists interpretations of well know characters and especially if they have a unique style, something I hope I've achieved here.
Skeletor from Masters of The Universe: again inspired from seeing other artists work with watercolour, I threw down some myself after first inking with the Pentel Pocket Brush. I think my love of expression through colour shines through on this example.