As an entry for the first round at the Character Design Challenge and their theme of Pirate here is Captain Cuttle McCutlass. I suppose I should say he’s from Calcutta ;)
As of today, I’ve got three of these now. My ultimate goal is to create one for every major city I’ve been to (or have connected with in some sort of way); however, that is a lot of cities, so this may be an ongoing, years in the making type series. One at a time…one at a time. Also, I’m always adding things to the shop, so check it out http://society6.com/sketchbookjack #metropolis #illustrationFriday
I finally finished the commissioned portrait for Stephen Pikarsky (from All Keyed Up Media). He’s been a huge help to me in some personal projects and did the original score for the Island the Plough App (which is still, slowly, slowly happening). It was a lot of fun to do this project and it inspired me to do a series of them. This, being “The Composer,” I am hoping to also do “The Writer,” “The Dancer,” “The Singer,” and “The Painter” to sort of round out the various artist/creator profiles.
This year for #Inktober I decided to try and tell a story over the course the month, one day at a time. This is the Real story behind the Headless Horseman. Follow along on SketchbookJack’s Instagram.
Good evening, dear readers, I am your storyteller. Follow along this #inktober for the revealing of the real #story of the #headlesshorseman. Each day for #inktober #pigmainktober and #KuretakeInktober another snippet of the horrible horseman's story will be unveiled. Continue along, if you dare, as we approach #Halloween #sketchbookjack #art #design #ink #illustration #penandink #dapper #wingtips #vintage #retro #style #look #like #instagood @jakeparker
Good evening, dear readers, I am your storyteller. Follow along this #inktober for the revealing of the real story of the headless horseman. Each day one panel of the story will be revealed.
I’ve you haven’t found it already, please check out the Kickstarter Campaign to get “The Island and the Plough”, AND “Captain and Crow’s ABCs” AND an interactive iPad ebook App version of “The Island and the Plough” printed and in your hands! This is also your chance to get custom art work on the cheap! You can get a mugshot of yourself in the style of the The Daily Mobster, or you can get a one of a kind letter print in the style of “Captain and Crow’s ABCs” OR you could even get your paws on some of the original art from one of the books! So head on over or share with your friends and family. http://kck.st/1kDaMZ6
I recently stumbled across another great illustration/sketch collaboration effort similar to Illustration Fridays called Sketch Dailies. There are some amazingly wonderful artists on there that prove to be a great inspiration. Here is my debut submission for their topic “Heffalump” . Follow Sketch_Dailies on twitter or their website.
Now is your chance to get a SketchbookJack sketch of you, your mom, your dad, grandma, dog, tea kettle, teddy bear, gold fish, or maybe just leave it up to Jack. This is a rare opportunity to get a custom original for only $25 via the “The Island and the Plough”/”Captain and Crow’s ABCs” book publishing Kickstarter campaign. Not only will you get a custom sketch, but also a PDF version of the book of your choosing. Share the love: http://kck.st/1kDaMZ6
For those who have been following me for a while you have seen post after post of this book, that book, this app, and that sample page. But now, they have all come together in one single chance to make it all
Two books, “The Island and the Plough” and “Captain and Crow’s ABCs” (plus “The Island and the Plough” interactive iPad ebook app) are becoming real with the help of a Kickstarter campaign. Think of this a pre-order, not as a risk to invest in a project. The work is already done, we just need to get them printed!
Please, check it out and share with your friends. If you can’t fund, remember that just sharing the link and getting the word out means more than you might think.
I have started a few noir inspired posters and am thinking of doing one for each city in which I have lived or visited. I probably can’t do everything I have visited, and probably no one wants a poster from half of those cities, so I’ll hit the big, fun, major ones. But, I thought I’d start it off with L.A. as I have been for the past eight years and it seems deserving. I’ll add them as prints to the shop as I get them done.
I am starting to sell prints again on the Etsy Shop, so check back often as I will be uploading new ones often. If you have a custom request, perhaps something you’ve seen in the past but is not available yet, just let me know. Otherwise, enjoy!
After whittling down from more than 600 entries, I have been featured in the Doodlers Anonymous Vol 3 coloring book. They are taking pre-orders at a reduced rate if you are interested in having great, pen and ink, hand drawn, one of a kind, drawings by an eclectic collection of great artists.
Jouez! Ultraswing is back, and this time with a commission piece for a gig poster for their live shows. You know, the kind of poster that will plastered on telephone polls, the backs of pubs, and billboards. This was an incredibly fun project to work on, so if you are perusing the streets of Brighton, Newhaven, Worthing, or maybe even London, be on the look out for these plastered about. If you see them, take photos and send them to me!
If you have been wondering where I have been, I have been busy busy busy, toiling away to bring “The Island and the Plough” to interactive ebook iPad app form. It will have originally composed music created by the professional concert pianist, Stephen Pikarsky and will be narrated by the incredibly talented (and soon to be published, himself) Bill Townley. This is not to mention that the illustrations from the book will come to life with interactive physics, graphical words that react to touch, and additional animations that will bring the characters to life. Once we launch this and get it off the ground, I will be going to Kickstarter to ask for some additional funds to get the physical book printed. This will be a somewhat different take on the kickstarter platform, as the work is already done, and there will already be a product to buy (the App) if you aren’t terribly interested in funding Kickstarter. However, if you are interested in supporting my future work, or just want to get your hands on the physical book, you can kick in (essentially pre-order) the book. If we reach the goal, it will allow us to get the large quantity of books printed at a price reasonable for you!
So stay tuned, the App will be released in the coming weeks and the Kickstarter to get “The Island and the Plough” prints will follow immediately after. In the meantime, chew on this trailer for a bit!
There is big news for SketchbookJack. An interactive iPad ebook app is currently in the works. The first app will be “The Island and the Plough.” All the bold, black and white illustrations will come to life with animations, a narrator, and even an apple-catching mini-game. I don’t want to spoil too much, so stay tuned and I’ll post a few more screenshots.