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.”
Beast Rider in the Desert  © 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 – Harriet  © 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.”
Don’t Ask  © 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.
Jake D Wright at West Studios, Chesterfield.