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

October 24, 2012

Business and Pleasure

First off, look what just got a little update/makeover! My website! To see it go to jawcooper.com.




Secondly, I'm very excited to announce that I have opened an INPRNT account so now you can buy prints more easily. I plan to shake up the selection so if you see something you want buy it before it disappears! To see the current selection follow this link: http://www.inprnt.com/gallery/jawcooper/





Lastly, here is my revised "Flinch" sketch with the birds more like darts. Today I transfer, tomorrow I paint!

( To be added to the preview list for my next solo show email Matt Kennedy at info@laluzdejesus.com and say that you would like to be put on the preview list for JAW Cooper's show in April 2013.)

October 23, 2012

"Laid Bare" Concept


I've finally come up with a theme for my April 2013 show at La Luz!

I have been watching a lot of "Ted Talks" and Brené Brown's talk on the power of vulnerability really resonated with me.

In my series which will be titled "Laid Bare" I will explore vulnerability as both the catalyst for deep and meaningful relationships and as the source of shame- which often keeps us from pursuing said relationships. I want this series to be about vulnerability as a source of empowerment and strength.

Naturally this has very personal meaning to me, as do all of my series.

October 19, 2012

"Gasp"

Finally finished- ink and gouache on mounted Stonehenge.


 Here is a breakdown of the process- starting with thin washes of india ink to build up tone, then moving to a sort of greenish blue because I wanted the lights to be cool, and then building up warmth in the face/lips/etc and in the lion, and finally deepening the shadows with a warm purple-red so the darks would be warm. Last step- details like whiskers and highlights, as well as washes of white over the background elk so they seem ghostly and transparent:


This painting is already RESERVED but there will be many many more available so be sure to email Matt Kennedy at info@laluzdejesus.com and say that you would like to be put on the preview list for JAW Cooper's show in April 2013.

October 18, 2012

LANHM with Kate Pt2

Another lovely afternoon drawing at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum with wonderful Kate Laird! Here are some beasties:







October 16, 2012

"Warriors" Sketch Revised

I've been very busy, sketching and painting and planning and panicking. So... the usual.

Here is my "Warriors" sketch with revised wolves. (Click HERE to see original version)

I felt like they needed to be a more overwhelming element and I think I'll probably make them bigger still.... I want the ratio to be 1:2 as far as room on the page. I need to figure out the background still, at the moment I'm thinking of a dark foggy forest.

I'm going to move the wolf/girl fighting element off a bit so just their feet are showing to give the other girl more room to breath.
Some of these wolves will be re-positioned for a more dynamic "wave" effect but I'll probably just do that when I transfer them to the final paper.

Close-up of giant lurking eye:


Close-up of wolf faces:


This painting will be part my solo show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in April 2013. Make sure you get on the preview list if you want to make sure you get a specific piece!

( Email Matt Kennedy at info@laluzdejesus.com and say that you would like to be put on the preview list for JAW Cooper's show in April 2013)

October 15, 2012

"Gasp" Transferred

Here it is transferred to heavyweight Stonehenge paper, and with panicked elk added to the background. I mounted it to a board last night (see paper-mounting tutorial HERE) and today I start painting!
This piece is already RESERVED, but will be a part of my solo show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in April 2013.

To be added to the preview list so you can get a sneak peak at the work/have first dibs on purchases just email Matt Kennedy at info@laluzdejesus.com and say that you would like to be put on the preview list for JAW Cooper's show in April 2013.

October 8, 2012

"Flinch" Sketch

First off, here is a new sketch for my April 2013 show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. This one will be called "Flinch." I will probably rotate the hummingbirds so they are straight, sticking into her like darts instead...

Below are random sketches from earlier in the week and from a trip to the LANHM: