SketchbookJack’s blog is an extension of the boring old resume homepage SketchbookJack.com where most of Jack’s professional work is kept.  His blog is a playground for information, thoughts, ideas, bits and bobbles, and most importantly a journal for his current personal projects.  Don’t miss The Daily Mobster as well, where Jack collects his goofy character drawings and random writings about mobsters and the like.

Jack is an illustrator and animator first and foremost but also has experience with programming for the visual effects industry and for the web including html, css, flash and javascript.  His main passion is, however, drawing and story telling which is where the illustration and animation comes in to play.  In his professional career, Jack has worked as an animator on such feature films as Oscar nominated X-Men: Days of Future Past, Ender’s Game, Tron: Legacy, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, 2012, The Hitcher, and My Super Ex-Girlfriend.  Jack also has experience in commercials work including Disney’s “Signs”, Burger King’s “Transformers”, Mountain Dew’s “Transformers”, Gears of War 2 “Rendezvous”, and Gears of War 2 “Last Day“.

Jack draws his inspiration from all over, especially illustration, mythology, film, photography, nature and science.  He grew up on the art of Richard Scary, Edward Gorey, Charles Addams, Shel Silverstein, Norman Rockwell and Dr. Seuss along with the stories of Roald Dahl, Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, The Brothers Grimm, Aesop, Maurice Sendak, L. Frank Baum and the countless folk tales his Grandfather would tell to him.  He admires and pulls from classical art such as El Greco, Sir Alfred Gilbert and Jacques-Louis David.  Film and photography have a great influence, especially black and white contrasts such as Film Noir and Ansel Adams.  He also loves neuroscience, psychology, science fiction, and philosophy.

In his personal time he has many projects under way, which you will find updates and information about on this blog.  His major projects include children’s books, both writing and illustrating, as well as script and screenplay writing and consulting.


15 thoughts on “About

  1. I’ve been browsing your blog, I love your style, very refreshing. I read above you were working on some childrens books, do you have anything out there? If so I’d definitely like to see it!

    • Hello Sharkables:
      Thanks for comments and the follow! I have several in the works. One in particular which is featured on my blog a lot is just about complete. I am now going the process of finding a publisher/editor and/or self publishing. I will certainly let everyone know when anything is available.

      -Cheers, and thank you for the support, Jack

  2. Hey there, Jack!

    Thanks for stopping by my scrappy little blog before, as it meant I’ve been able to check out yours! Great work. Really love your style. I’d love to hear more about the children’s book progress, as it’s a goal of mine to put one together.

    Keep up the great work!

    • Haven’t really thought about that, but I do know that most galleries won’t take any digital art because they can’t sell it as original, so that would leave me with just my original pen and inks.

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