Oh, hey! Today is Feature Friday, and it is a day that I am featuring a non-cosplayer. I’m so excited to feature another local artist that I know since the last time I featured one. Isn’t it funny that they are both named Jason? I hope you will really enjoy reading Jason Gwinn’s feature. He is very talented, and super friendly. I have the hiccups while writing this. There’s nothing about this feature to scare them out of me. I’m excited to feature a local artist who is always happy to see people at conventions. Read on dear readers, his art is so worth it.
What is your brand name? Jason Gwinn. Original, I know.
How did you come about your brand name? I’ve had it since birth. Lol
What is your real world name? Jason Gwinn
What do you do when not arting? Working my full time job in manufacturing and spending time with my 4 kids. Occasionally, I play Xbox or guitar.
How old are you? I’ll be 38, February 13th.
How long have you been in doing artwork? I’ve been drawing all my life, but I got serious about it when I was 12.
What made you want to be an artist? Comic books. Without a doubt. 1992 introduced me to Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and the rest of those who would move on to found Image Comics. Shortly after that I discovered Joe Jusko and Alex Ross.
Tell us about your art style. That’s hard to narrow down because I can adapt my style from traditional comic art to photo realism depending on the project.
Have you been published as an artist? Yes. I worked on two independent comics, Grave Robber for the now defunct Post Mortem Comics, and Shades of Night for Jester Press
What is your dream project? It used to be “working for the Big Two” (Marvel or DC) but these days, I’d be happy to work on an indie project, help someone get their Kickstarter funded, or do covers.
What is the project you are most proud of to this day? Honestly, I cringe when I look at most of my older work. My favorite pieces are the drawings I’ve done for kids on Free Comic Book Day. I love seeing their faces light up when they get a sketch of their favorite character.
Who is your favorite/most admired artist that you take inspiration from? For my realistic art, I credit Joe Jusko, traditional comic art, Mark Bagley.
What are your most immediate projects we can look forward to seeing in the near future? I have no plans on the horizon except attending SC Comicon March 24-25
What’s the hardest thing about art for you? Evolving.
What is the best advice you have for other artists? As cliche as it is, practice. The more you draw, the better you get.
What is your favorite part about the convention scene from an artist perspective? Personal interactions. I’ve made what I would consider lifelong friends from people I’ve met at conventions. It’s also great to see people’s reactions when you give them their art.
Anything else you want to add? Yes, I’d like to say thank you, Sadie, from the bottom of my heart for thinking of me for this spotlight.
I hope you’ve enjoyed Jason’s art. He is a kind and loving soul who loves to create. What was your favorite piece he shared with us today? Leave a comment for him or me. Make sure to check out all of his social media sites below. Don’t forget to subscribe via email or Blogloin’ to never miss a post!