Hello Jen! You recently spoke at SCAD, and I really enjoyed hearing your story and learning about you as an artist, During your talk you spoke about a program which you used to create your portraits in, You seemed so excited about the program I wanted to ask what was that program called? I would love to check it out !

Hey Ruthie!

Thanks for coming out to the talk!!  :)

The program is called ArtRage.  I had seen demos of it before but never really gave it a second look.  I only began using Photoshop a couple years ago and one program was intimidating enough;)  One day at work the Production Designer on The Boxtrolls, Paul Lasaine recommended it to me and I knew it must be worth taking a look at— he’s an incredible painter both traditionally and digitally. 

It’s really fantastic because it’s cheap, easy enough that you can jump right in and paint, and most of all— you can get some really nice painterly effects.  You can have visibly chunky impasto, and when you put down a color it will interact with the color below…  things you really miss when you move to digital from traditional.  I know PS added those couple brushes that are meant to bridge that gap a bit, but they never felt great to me and I don’t really use them.

They also have layers and many of the things that photoshop has— so it can be a nice alternative to PS if you simply can’t afford it (PS ain’t cheap!).  Fair warning though— it can be buggy and you should update the program and save extra often.  Nothing more frustrating than losing a piece when you’re getting somewhere.

I have included some work that I have done using the program.  It’s great for portraits and the like— anything done more alla prima.

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Our dog Logan:)

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A portrait of the incredible Nelson Lowry

There’s no replacing PS, but I use this to do different things, and will often work on things back and forth between the programs utilizing the specific virtues of each.

Thanks for the great question!

<3

Jenn

Have you ever used ArtRage?  I’d love to hear what you like/ don’t like about it!  Have you made some work in the program that you’d like to share??  Shoot me a link!  I’d love to see it:)

As always you can catch me here— or give me a shout on twitter @elyjenna

I love hearing from you guys, keep the questions coming!!

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Thought I’d get one last tumbl in before I head to #SCAD Savannah tomorrow!!

Above are a mega random mash up of some things I made while I was in grad school there!  Basically you got desktop folder file salad;)

 I’m looking forward to visiting, seeing the amazing work the students have gotten up to, and reuniting with some old friends and teachers for the next few days!!  If you’re in town look for my lecture Tuesday night with the Illustration department:)  I’ll be doing portfolio reviews the next morning, contact an illustration professor to submit for that!

Don’t be shy— come say hello!

Best!

Jenn

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til-man asked:
Big love for your style and use of colour. If you don't mind me asking, how long have you had a dedicated attitude towards your artwork?

Hey til-man!

Thanks so much!  Interesting question!  When I was a kid I did almost nothing else.  I had no idea what I was doing really, but my grandparents worked at Disney and I was obsessed.  I’d draw the characters all day.  Any book report I did for class would have a terrible little painting along with it:D.  I remember the very first “real” painting I did when I read Call of the Wild.  My mother probably still has it.  The worst was when I made a whole diorama of the grassy knoll out of old shoe boxes and poster paint.  My poor parents were probably terrified of what I would become!

I got distracted briefly from being a maker when I started high school.  I was captain of the basketball team and wasn’t sure if I should try to go to school for that!  I wasn’t even any good;).  I ended up getting injured and with that came the realization that sports might be the only career I could choose that was even LESS practical than artist;)

Even during that time I was plugging away doing elaborate colored pencil drawings of whatever was around me.  

I was dedicated to art making the majority of my life— but I was also somewhat aimless for a long time.  I wasn’t sure how I wanted to apply the skills I was honing.  I didn’t have the realization that A. Visual Development for animation was a REAL job that you could have, or that B. Honing one style for use in freelance illustration or gallery painting would ultimately be kind of unsatisfying to me.

When I found concept art/ visual development I knew that was IT.  The thing I had been waiting for.  After that I made every single day a step toward that goal.  That was 2011 and I haven’t looked back since!

I hope that answered your question:)

Cheers!

Jenn

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Thanks for following!  You can also keep track of updates on my Twitter

Just starting to get things together for #Emerald City Comic Con!  This is the front of my new biz card!!  I went to gather stuff and realized I had about 3 left of the old guys…  

For anyone looking to make cards, I highly recommend MOO.com!  I’ve been a customer for years.  The cards are high quality, the customer service is super friendly, and they don’t break the bank.  Most importantly, you can get a set with a variety of images on the back!  It’s like have a mini portfolio with you at all times.

For a discount on your first MOO order, click here!

If you’re attending keep an eye out for me!  I’ll be hanging around #TheOatleyAcademy booth helping out #ChrisOatley much of the weekend— so come say hi!!

Are you coming to ECCC?  What panels are you most excited about?  Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for following!  You can also keep track of updates on my Twitter

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karenia asked:
Hello :) I would like to ask you something. What brush(or what setting of the brush) do you use to make the crayon texture? BTW, AMAZING ILLUSTRATIONS. <3

Hey Karenia,

Thanks very much!

I have to say I’m not even entirely sure.  I’d have to see exactly which area you’re talking about, and even then it might be tough to tell.  I’ve grabbed brushed packs from all over— though I got a big set from Mingjue Helen Chen that I have ended up using a ton!  So my guess is it’s one of those…  

I do a ton of layering photoshop and change brushes often, so typically the textures left are a mixture of multiple brushes, and even some textures, either located on the interwebs— or created by me and scanned in:)

With brushes I think it’s best to keep exploring.  Tinker with the settings, create your own for specific tasks.  I worked with Paul Lassaine briefly at LAIKA and he was an expert brush maker.  He could get them to do things that I would not have even THOUGHT of.  It all comes down to experimentation.  As he would say “Let the brush do the work”.

Thanks again!

Jenn

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dal-nim asked:
where are u from ? :)

Hey dal-nim,

I’m kind of from all over…  military dad and step dad:)  I usually tell people I consider myself Texan since I spent the most time there in various cities growing up.  But I’ve lived in:

Portland, OR, Savannah GA, Austin, TX, Chicago, IL, DFW, TX, Abilene, TX, Houston, TX, Roanoke, TX, Haslet, TX, Columbus, IN, Turkey Creek, LA, Rapid CityISH, SD….  annnnd probably more through my childhood, hard to keep track at this point;)  

And I’m about to live in Vancouver, BC!  I just keep adding those red push pins!

Where are you from?  thanks for asking!

Jenn

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Here are some Time of Day studies I cooked up for #PD2 this week!

I’ve been sort of missing in action lately on the social medias.  It’s been a bit of a whirlwind— in the best way:)

I returned to LAIKA for a short contract job in development the week before last and had such a blast!  Though leaving this time was a bit less sad because I know I’ll be back sometime, even for the occasional short contract thing. It was my first studio, and it just feels like home:)  

It’s been a really great month and I’ll share more about future plans later, but the location in the images above are a hint at where the next step in my career is taking me:)  I’ll be working with color on a tale of a legendary cat you may have heard of…

Thanks for stopping by guys!  You can also keep up with me here on Twitter!

Have a question?  Feel free to shoot me a message!  I try to respond to everything— so bring it on!!

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Red Riding Hood sketch for #PaintingDrama2 with #TheOatleyAcademy

I had a mini break through on this sketch.  Typically when I work traditionally I mix myself a huge crazy palette, I don’t like mixing during much because I tend to get muddy.  I prefer to have the selections made before hand as it affords me some security— what you see on the palette is what you’ll end up with on the canvas.

With digital one of the most frustrating things is how many opportunities you have to “stray” from the path (okay— one tiny red riding hood joke).  

On this one you’ll see my swatches that I based the palette on, and then I also included the palette that I mixed pre paint.  I only used what I could pick from this area.  I was SO tempted to grab some more yellowy greens, but I managed to fight the urge;)

As a result I really enjoyed myself and didn’t have to worry much about falling off the rails of my established color scheme!

Do you have any tricks to keep yourself on track when painting?  I’d love to hear about them!  Comment below or find me on twitter @elyjenna

Happy painting!

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A preview of some in progress illustrations for the PC space RPG #Rodina by @EllipticGames

These friendly fellas are a couple 2nd generation Matheson-Ford Industrial Bosonics— designed to keep your spacecraft sparkling clean as you travel the stars!  Now with ThinkRight© technology!!

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A doodle because I can&#8217;t get my brain to focus. Anybody want to bring me a Mai Tai? I&#8217;m very sure it would help the whole situation&#8230;

A doodle because I can’t get my brain to focus. Anybody want to bring me a Mai Tai? I’m very sure it would help the whole situation…

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A strange little scribble painting, using my own palette but trying to capture the unsettling mood of Kubrick&#8217;s The Shining.  I&#8217;m really enjoying Painting Drama 2 with with one of my favorite humans (seriously he&#8217;s the best) Mr. Chris Oatley&#8212; and of course the incredible community of students brought together by The Oatley Academy!!
How&#8217;d I do?  Catch up with me on Twitter @elyjenna!  I&#8217;d love to hear your thoughts:)

A strange little scribble painting, using my own palette but trying to capture the unsettling mood of Kubrick’s The Shining.  I’m really enjoying Painting Drama 2 with with one of my favorite humans (seriously he’s the best) Mr. Chris Oatley— and of course the incredible community of students brought together by The Oatley Academy!!

How’d I do?  Catch up with me on Twitter @elyjenna!  I’d love to hear your thoughts:)

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Some film studies using 5 values with 100% opacity—  that Drive one was tough!

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Sherlock Holmes&#8212; The Cumberbatch version for @sketch_dailies!

Sherlock Holmes— The Cumberbatch version for @sketch_dailies!

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Joan of Arc&#8212; Fantasy seemed appropriate as I was most interested in HOW God spoke to her.  I think I&#8217;ll pass on being earth&#8217;s diety phone.  For @sketch_Dailies outlaw week!

Here&#8217;s a link to my first process video&#8212; no audio or anything, I&#8217;m still figuring out how to make these, but if you&#8217;re interested please take a look! 

Joan of Arc— Fantasy seemed appropriate as I was most interested in HOW God spoke to her.  I think I’ll pass on being earth’s diety phone.  For @sketch_Dailies outlaw week!

Here’s a link to my first process video— no audio or anything, I’m still figuring out how to make these, but if you’re interested please take a look

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Belated Bonnie and Clyde for @Sketch_Dailies!

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