30 Characters Challenger: Jared Lewis

| October 29, 2010 | 4 Comments

Word. My name is Jared, I’m 27, & from the Eastern side of Pennsylvania.

Like everyone else here, I was drawing since forever. What really sealed the deal for me was when I was 5, I met & toured the studio of a very prolific freelance illustrator. The guy’s style was firmly old school, but seeing that someone was capable of producing that much quality stuff over a lifetime had a fairly profound effect on me. That same weekend, I also saw the actual life sized Powerloader & Queen models from Aliens, but there was concept art around & it was really striking to see that no matter what people think up, it mostly starts out with just a sketch.

And ever since, I’ve been an indoor kid, pencil in hand, drawing on anything.

Comics have always been a first love, but my parents always feared (rightfully so) there was no money in them. So for years I developed stories & sketches on the side while I tried to make a career out of making 3D game art. Then some pretty bad experiences kind of turned me off of that. Right now, I mostly work at a local cable station to pay the bills & in my off hours work on honing skills & ideas, in hopes of soon going pro with my comic stuff. In the meantime, I try to maintain a sketchblog, which I tend to update in spurts & post the occasional comic on the sequential art battling site Entervoid.com.

Some friends from there that competed in Zuda turned me onto Daniel Govar‘s work, & from his twitter feed, I found out about the challenge. People always tell me I’m an idea guy, but my biggest problem is lacking discipline & follow through. That’s why I’m signing up for this. I have loads of ‘wouldn’t it be cool if…’ sort of half-baked ideas & concepts I concocted, but never took the time to develop into something meaningful or scribble out onto a page. So this is an outlet for that. I hope that focusing on them will get the wheels going & I can turn them into something constructive down the road. Also, this is great initiative to get things started again on my blog & try to keep it daily, or at the very least a lot more frequent, for more than just a spurt.

Here are a few more examples of my stuff. If you would like to see more, visit FacebusterDeluxe.wordpress.com or check me out @kurohux on twitter.

Really I’m looking forward to this whole shebang, both as a challenger & a spectator. Hope I don’t disappoint on my end. Good luck, Everybody!

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  1. saulone says:

    Great looking stuff! I look forward to seeing what you cook up next month 🙂

  2. Jared says:

    Thanks a lot, man! Can’t wait to see what you come up with, either!

  3. Did we all have parents that said that? 🙂 Your stuff is great! Can’t wait to see what you come up with over the next 30 days.

  4. Jared says:

    Thanks, Rolando. You too, man!
    And it wasn’t even that my parents made that convincing an argument, it just made more sense. But I’m kind of at the point now where sense be damned.

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