Inking Corner – Sparky Ink Studio Presents: Concept Artist & Animator Jake Daniel Wright – for the ‘Spellbound Myth’s and Legends’ Art Exhibition

 

 

The studio was thrilled when Concept Artist and Animator Jake D Wright took up the request to exhibit three of his pieces in our Spellbound – Myths and Legends Art Exhibition; currently on display at West Studios Gallery in Chesterfield.

Among the pieces was ‘Beast Rider in the Desert’ which Jake explained was a piece inspired by  Mike Ploog an American storyboard and comic book artist, and a visual designer for movies.  To make the piece more personal Jake made changes and had one of his own concept art characters riding through the desert on the Beast.

“I sketched on paper and then digitalised for the ink and colour on photoshop. I’ve recently sort of really got into using photoshop.”  Jake shared.  “I like the quality and how it gives a really nice animated finish.  This picture was printed onto high quality photographic paper and it certainly made the difference creating much more depth.”

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                                                                           Beast Rider in the Desert [2016] © Jake D Wright.

Jake explained that he first started drawing at a young age when he decided he had characters in his head which he wanted to bring alive.  As a self taught artist he has used his creativity to alleviate the frustration of having Asperger’s Syndrome; a condition which makes it difficult for Jake to express and communicate his thoughts and feelings.  He found that the more he drew, the more he was able to use the characters to help him understand the things happening around him.  His style has evolved since the early days where, he says, he was heavily influenced by Manga, Anime and gaming characters such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario.  Practicing drawing these characters really helped him.

“I was able to put the characters into situations I feared in real life.” 

To most people some of the simple tasks each day are not even thought about, like catching a bus or making a meal, but for Jake these can sometimes be the most challenging when he can struggle to get organised and make decisions. Jake said.

“…Over the years with help from my family, friends and support worker Thom, I have managed to develop the confidence and courage to now ask questions and to show my thoughts through my drawings.”  

It’s clear that Jake is now comfortable and happy to show off his work and for this particular exhibition he had created two brand new pieces to exhibit the “Beast in the Desert” and “Zombie – Harriet”  both pieces use Jake’s own characters which demonstrate his interest in anthropomorphic creatures.

zombie-harrietZombie – Harriet [2016] © Jake D Wright. 

In addition there was a third piece that has recently been in The Art House Elephant Exhibition in Sheffield over the Summer.

“Back in 2013 I first met Russ (Wall) by attending one of his sequential art classes.  He has taught me so much about Comic Books and Graphic Novels, Films and Scripts the list is endless.  Russ exploded my passion for enjoying all these methods of building adventures and communicating the story to the audience.  During the Summer Russ roped me into the Elephant exhibition at The Art House in Sheffield.  It was the first time I had exhibited a piece in a professional capacity.  So I am really proud of this piece.”

img_0180Don’t Ask [2016] © Jake D Wright.

In addition Jake has a talent in Animation and has just finished a collaboration, soon to be aired on YouTube called ‘Kaiju’ which stars Donkey Kong and Bowser in a B.Movie Spectacular.  By Christmas a collaboration with his brother Josh, especially for Sparky Ink Studio, using simple table top stop motion Ink and Card will be débuted on YouTube.

“Animation is an amazing way of seeing ideas materialise into adventures.”  Jake described.  “The recent animation I have been involved in used armatures, special effects and lots of patience.  I love the history of animation and concept art, right back to Disney’s first to their latest, the cartoons I watched as a child such as Sonic the Hedgehog all inspire me to this day.”

Jake has also been involved in a Graphic Novel named ‘StarBotz’ where he was one of the main artists. This is due to be published online in the future.

20161109_113559Jake D Wright at West Studios, Chesterfield.

Year Zero – Article in The Sheffield Star about Our ‘Spellbound’ Art Exhibition & The Archer Project

Wow How Exciting!  Our Art Exhibition was given some column space in The Sheffield Star on Tuesday 8th November 2016.

Follow this Link to their website. http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/homeless-charity-s-inspired-exhibition-1-8223777

SPELLBOUND - MYTHS & LEGENDS

 

 

Inking Corner – Sparky Ink Studio Presents: Sequential Artist Kieran Paul May M.A – ‘Close your eyes’ [2016] for the ‘Spellbound Myths & Legends’ Art Exhibition

Monday 31st October 2016 was the launch day of Sparky Ink Studio’s first Art Exhibition at West Studios in Chesterfield.  The Studio was delighted that Sequential Artist Kieran Paul May M.A dropped by to chat about the piece he had created especially for the exhibition.  Kieran recently completed a Masters Degree in Art and Design at Leeds Beckett University studying in the area of the graphic novel and other narrative sequential art.  Kieran explained that he hoped to successfully become an aspiring graphic novelist. His final Exhibition for his Masters; where he gained a Distinction, certainly demonstrates that Kieran has freshness in story telling through this method.  Choosing an Ostrich in his final piece created an almost safari ride for the observer as this energetic story is captured beautifully in Sequential Art form.  When you stop, catch a breath and then take in the beautifully drawn and researched anatomy of the Ostrich you enjoy a new bewilderment of the elegance and resilience of this creature and appreciate the future adventures that could be told.

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 Photograph taken from Kieran’s exhibition at Leeds Beckett University  ©Kieran Paul May M.A [2016]

              Kieran told me that he had enjoyed his time at University although it was stressful and very challenging at times.  Kieran already has the challenge of Autism in his life so to achieve so much is not only a massive accomplishment for himself but gives a clear message to everyone that if you really want to achieve something in your life then there is always a way to do it.  You just have to take the plunge.  It does take a lot of effort to build up the confidence and courage to share that talent and ambition with the rest of the world.

‘Spellbound – Myths & Legends’   

 I asked Kieran about the exciting piece that he had exclusively created for Spellbound Art Exhibition.

     “’Close Your Eyes’ is created as a response to the killer clown craze at this moment in time.”  Kieran explained.  “After researching different types of famous myths, the one I chose tied in with this recent news.  The story goes that a young girl babysat someone’s children, where she noticed a clown statue.  The statue ‘creeped’ her out, when contacting the parents, they claimed they didn’t own a clown statue and that there wasn’t one in their house.  Panicked they told her to take the children and get away from the house.”  The story is one of those unnerving myths that play in the minds of young people conjuring up a horror tale of the lonely babysitter having to defend someone else’s children from a supernatural being.  In this case a figure that causes phobias in some people.

     Kieran added that “In order to make the clown scary I would look at disturbing facial features and the first one was on the eyes because it’s the first thing you notice about someone or something. The other thing was to make the character design look real and grotesque which makes it look scarier. I got this idea from watching such films like the live action 2003 film ‘the cat in the hat’ film where the characters look too freaky and scary in real life and work better as a cartoon. My artist influence for this piece was the mangaka Junji Ito.”  Kieran shared, that although it was a long time ago, he had remembered having a similar fear as a child.  “Where my brothers Teddy Ruxpin (a popular 80’s animatronics bear) would look at me in the dark while I was in bed which terrified me”

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Concept Art –  from ‘Close Your Eyes’ [2016]  & Kieran with exhibited piece ‘Close Your Eyes’ [2016]©Kieran Paul May M.A [2016]

Kieran certainly captures the torment in the face of the child hiding under the covers.  I asked him about the Clowns hands especially the Left hand which is shaped like a balloon animal.  Kieran Said.  “Yes I wanted to capture the essence of the happy things of a clown for example the balloon animal but I wanted to add in that the clown was all-seeing that’s why there is so much use of the eyes on the Clowns hands.”

I asked Kieran about what his plans were now that his MA was achieved.  He explained that he was working on a few projects at his artist’s studio in Sheffield.  He shared a recent entry he had made recently into the ‘thought bubble festival’ comic book competition in Leeds.   The festival runs until the 6th November 2016. His original and brilliantly composed sequential piece (below) can be found here:

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