JayJay Jackson

 

Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently

 

I was born in another era in the state of Texas. It seems so alien. Like I dreamed it rather than lived it. I live in New York City, now.

 

What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures

 

I must have been born wanting to be an artist. I can't remember a time when I didn't. I was extremely serious about my art in kindergarten.

 

Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding

 

I love skateboarding, but I have a gnarled mess of bones where my coccyx used to be, so I haven't done it in a while.

 

Who is your favorite artist, living or dead?

 

I could never pick a favorite. I'd have to try to narrow it down. Here are a few: Bernie Wrightson, Jaime Hernandez, N. C. Wyeth, Frank Frazetta, Coop, Brian Bolland, Michael Whelan, Dante Gabriel Rosetti, George Petty, Norman Rockwell, Esteban Maroto, Gustave Doré, Gil Elvgren, Alex Toth, Andrew Loomis, Maxfield Parrish, J. C. Leyendecker, Enid Collens, Drew Struzen, Henri Toulouse Lautrec, Gil Kane, Alphonse Mucha and so many more.

When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing

 

I am presently working on a novel. I love to write and have a few books on Amazon.

 

Who are your biggest influences

 

Many comic book and poster artists as well as many illustrators. See list.

 

What mediums do you enjoy working in?

 

For most of my career I worked in watercolor, inks and acrylic, but now I'm mostly digital.

 

Anything else you want to tell?

 

Maybe. Here's my published bio: 

 

JayJay is an artist, writer, cultural spelunker and quirky visionary who mostly specializes in comic books and independent music graphics. Educated at the University of Texas, New York’s School of Visual Arts and the New York Academy of Art, she loves learning above almost everything else. She began her comic book career with Texas Comics coloring The Elementals and fairly quickly moved on to do illustration work on the Marvel Comics Try Out Book. After moving to New York, she was hired by Marvel Comics doing graphic design, coloring, etc. When Marvel’s editor-in-chief, Jim Shooter, started VALIANT Comics, JayJay became their executive art director/colorist and subsequently helped found Defiant Comics and Broadway Comics, working as an editor, artist and writer. She has also illustrated/designed concert posters, album covers and logos for many recording artists and bands.

 

These days, JayJay writes and illustrates books, graphic novels and comic books, does illustration for magazines such as VIBE and Royal Flush and designs logos, web sites and many types of media for a diverse group of clients. She is currently writing and illustrating a series of Stardoll graphic novels for Papercutz and working on a novel.