After working with illustration for years, artist Jennifer Creech is starting to pave her way to her career. Doing freelance work, and understanding the industry while coming into her own. Jennifer is an artist to keep your eye on, with her great command over pencils, markers, digital work, and her fresh perspective in approaching new pieces. We had a chance to sit down and talk with her about her inspirations, and how she got to this point with her talents.
Q: So we have known each other for a while and I have a general idea about the art scene in Michigan, but do you think it could grow more? In your words, how do you explain the reason so many artists find success with the public while others miss the mark?
A: The art scene will never stop growing! Everyday there’s little kids out there like “HECKYES BATMAN”, and “Rembrandt FTW.” But more importantly, there’s the kids out there who look at the packaging on their cereal boxes, and signs on bus stops, and billboards, and ads on TV and t-shirts. If you think about it, art is EVERYTHING we see, interact with, and absorb in our lives; we will always have a need for more artists, and we’re always going to be producing more talented individuals to rise to the occasion. The only reason I think some people –don’t- make it in industry is that they give up. Yeah, this is a –really- competitive field, and a lot of people don’t have the heart to wake up every morning and grind the pavement/web and put pencil to paper and kick ass. They get complacent, they get lazy, they stop caring about bettering themselves– and they make room for those of us who won’t stop until we’re dead and buried.
Q: What’s your process and your way of thinking when approaching a new project?
A: It all starts with a plan. What do I need to achieve? How does it need to get done? Timeline? Do I have the supplies to do it? Once I have those answered, I do what feels like a million and three rough sketches, pick the ones I like, clean those up, pick my favorite and then…just obsess over it until it’s done. If I don’t like where it’s going about three quarters of the way through I’ll scrap it and start over.
Q: I know you started the Pin-Up Puzzle Jam, how is that going for you?
A: Great! I’m just about ready to package these bad boys (girls?) up and mail them off to my puzzle jam partner. I can’t wait to get the cards he’s been working on and start completing this project. It’s going to be amazing to see all the finished work once it’s published.
Q: Which mediums are you more comfortable with? And is there a medium that you would like to experiment with?
A: I absolutely adore markers and colored pencils. They’re definitely my go-to when I sit down to start a new piece. As far as experimentation, I absolutely can. not. paint. to save my life. It’s kind of sad. …I’d definitely like to work on my acrylic skills, which in turn would probably help with my digital paintings as well.
Q: Are there any current projects you are excited to work on?
A: Right now I’m just doing freelance work and anything that catches my eye. I’ve got a couple of t-shirts that I have designs for that I’d like to see finished up- but I’m also working on a couple of contest entries just to keep my mind sharp and my creative juices flowing.
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