I am available for freelance illustration, storyboarding, sketch art, and concept art in Print/Advertising/Entertainment companies in the Los Angeles area (in-house) or anywhere across the globe (remotely.) I accept fine-art commissions only as my schedule allows. I do not accept tattoo-design commissions. // jawcooper@gmail.com

March 31, 2011

Extinction Sketch + LA Weekly Retrospective

This is the final sketch for a painting I'm currently working on. I did the final drawing on frosted acetate and OH MAN, I'm never looking back, it was so luxurious to draw on. I just gotta figure out a way to integrate acetate into my finished work and I'll be the happiest camper! I wanted to show extinct animals fading in and out of smoke coming from an extinguished lantern, surrounded by creepy/supernatural ladies representing death. I'm nearly done with the painting so I'll post up some teasers of it finished with color tomorrow.

*THIS DRAWING SOLD*




Also, LA Weekly is featuring a retrospective of some of the editorial pieces that friend/extremely talented illustrator Julian Callos and I have done for them. Check it out! Click the photo below to check it out:



Here are a few of my favs:

March 29, 2011

Night Owls

As you may have read on fellow LA Weekly illustrator Julian Callos's blog, our monthly visual column will no longer run due to to the paper's reformatting. It's been a wonderful experience working with AD Jason Jones and Darrick Rainey and though the column was canceled I will continue to work on editorial and cover assignments for the Weekly. My last piece for the column is titled "Night Owls" and caricatures the LA clubbing scene. I used watercolors and graphite instead of my usual gouache and was quite pleased with how smoothly the colors went down.

"Night Owls"






The initial sketch for my "Reaper" painting for the Inle show at G1988...

*THIS DRAWING SOLD*

Photos with color:

March 28, 2011

More Gouache Landscapes

Check out Evan Cummiskey's blog to see more amazing gouache landscapes!







Can you spot my shep-shep lurking on the hill?







Fuck Huntington Gardens and their bizarre rule that anyone who wants to paint there has to pay an exorbitant fee to join their "guild."





As always, a giant thank you to Andrew Hem for all his guidance!

March 17, 2011

Just a Start

I'm only maybe 30% done with this painting but I thought I'd post my progress anyway. It's kinda cheesy but, again, the purpose of these is really just to get more comfortable with painting in photoshop.

March 16, 2011

Ol' Muggy #1

3-hour digital painting based on an old timey mugshot from HERE. Thanks to Julian for posting this link!

March 15, 2011

Quickie Digital Sketch

30-minute digital sketch:



I definitely feel like I'm getting faster at this and I think it'll really help my traditional work as well.

March 11, 2011

Babes and Lies

Sorry guys, I lied! The opening for "Inle" is this Friday March 11th from 7pm-10pm at Gallery 1988 Melrose.

Also, I did a quick digital sketch of a babe this evening:



Based on this photo of Claudia Schiffer by Mario Testino:

March 4, 2011

"Kitschen Sync" and "Inle" shows open tonight!

Two gallery openings tonight!

1)La Luz de Jesus's 14th annual "Everything but the Kitschen Sync" show

-I have three oil paintings in this show, two of which are still available. For a reminder of what my pieces look like and how much they cost, follow the link: HERE

-The opening is from 8pm-11pm at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Wacko:

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
phone: 323-666-7667
email: info@laluzdejesus.com

-It's always an amazing show and my incredibly talented friend Jessica Dalva is also participating. Follow the link to see her gorgeous sculpture: HERE There will be 123 artists showing, including Lacey Clemens, Edward Robin Coronel, Damian Fulton, Sunny Gu, Danni Shinya Luo, Aya Masuda, Nathan Ota, Bryce Takara, and Jessica Ward.



2)Gallery 1988 Melrose's "Inle" show

-This show was curated by the wonderful Greg Simpkins and here is the image/info for my large gouache painting:

"Reaper"
19"x23"-framed
Ink and Gouache
*SOLD*



-To see additional images of the painting follow the link: HERE

-The opening is tonight from 7pm-10pm at Gallery 1988 (Melrose)

7020 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Phone: (323)937-7088
http://www.nineteeneightyeight.com/contacts

I'll be attending both openings, I hope to see some of you there!