Monday, April 29, 2013

Interviews: 10 Questions with the GREAT Jon Kelly Green!


Jon Kelly Green
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10 Questions with Jon Kelly Green

1.... who are your favorite artists?

For about the last 5 years Derek Yaniger has been my hero. I love everything he does.



2.... do you offer workshops for artists?

Nope, I'm way too obscure for that. And I'm shy.


3.... what helps boost your creativity?

Music. I listen to about 5-8 albums a day, mostly 60's garage rock and newer punk bands and indie stuff. The tunes get me all jacked up and creative. Also I research a lot, I'm always online checking out new artists work or looking at old artwork from the 50's and early 60's.



4.... what medium and tools do you use to create art?

Pencils and tracing paper and then onto my computer for the finished art. Photoshop mostly.


5.... what helps you maintain focus and motivation when creating?

The work I post on my blog is done quickly, almost like a doodle. I try not to over think what I'm doing, it's just for fun. Plus I like to focus on character design. I'm not too interested in doing background art or trying to tell a story with my blog artwork stuff. Just keepin' it simple.


6.... do you feel its important to follow your passion in your career?

Yes. I LOVE creating funny characters and playing with lettering and color. I can get really into it and crank out lots of work in only a few hours.



7.... what is the secret to creating a great piece of art?

For me the secret's been lots and lots of practice and years of experience. I've been doing this for a long time and I've only really felt good about my work the last few years or so.



8.... where can people see your work (online, conventions or exhibits)?

My blog is my only online outlet. I also do gallery art shows occasionally. I work for Hallmark Cards, so you can find my cards, stickers and books pretty easily.


9.... was there a certain moment that you knew you wanted to be an artist?

As a kid I was a huge Marvel comics fan, I was probably more a fan of the artists than the characters. I'd say Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko started my interest in being an artist when I was really young.



10.... if you could give other artists one piece of advice what would it be?

Find something you can really get into, whether it's humor, lettering, character design or whatever. It makes things so much easier and fun.


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