Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Like most artists, I claim to have been drawing since I could hold a crayon. But on top of that, my art has almost always been motivated by storytelling, characters, and world-building. Formative encounters with Roald Dahl and The Neverending Story established my sense of humor and love of other worldliness, while the discovery of Calvin and Hobbes and the X-Men introduced me to an ideal medium for self-expression. For me, writing and drawing are inextricably interwoven, so I knew that I wanted to be both an artist and an author. After art school at the University of Georgia, I spent a few years creating My Doomed Affair—a semi-autobiographical humor strip about an ex-girlfriend, published biweekly in Flagpole Magazine—until I decided to seriously study comics at SCAD-Atlanta where I received my MFA in sequential art. Now I’m developing a graphic novel that I hope encompasses all the oddity, depth, and joy that I find in my favorite literature, comics, and film.
“For me, writing and drawing are inextricably interwoven…”
Tell us a little about your work space. How does it contribute to your work?
I work from a home studio equipped with a Cintiq interactive pen display, which allows me to draw and paint digitally onscreen in programs like Manga Studio and Photoshop. Additionally, I have a drafting table with an adjustable angled surface for when I work on paper, which, sadly, I don’t do often enough.
How would you describe your practice?
My practices are very poor! When I’m in the groove and not too overwhelmed, which is rare, I work on several projects within a day, setting a timer for thirty minutes or an hour, depending on the activity, and I take short breaks between each activity. To warm up, I’ll spend a half hour doing quick gesture drawings from an online pose slideshow. Then I’ll draw, sketch, or write for a few hours towards all my ongoing projects, personal and otherwise. If I have a freelance gig with a deadline, I’ll usually focus solely on that, which tends to throw off my “regular” routine for months at a time because I’m generally not so great at regaining focus.
What projects are you working on currently?
Currently I’m designing characters for an Atlanta author who has a fan fiction website and wants visuals of her characters to inspire her fans. I’m always trying to find time to finish the script for my graphic novel, Rumspringer, but having little success setting aside time. Also, my band, Tracer Metula, is about to finish recording sessions for our album, and I’ll be working on album art and other promotional art for that soon.
What do you hope students will take away from your courses at Binders?
I hope that they come away recognizing the fantastic potential that comics have as a medium for self-expression and storytelling, as well as the incredible work and thought that it takes in order to effectively communicate a story using the “language” of cartooning.
Learn more about Jacob here.
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