Jake LaGory- illustration/art education

Jake LaGory- illustration/art education

Illustrator & art teacher from the Chicago Suburbs, currently living, drawing & hiking in and around Asheville, NC. Visit my portfolio website, or get some of my work on your walls from my print shop.

Apr 16
I propose a new genre of gaming: First Person Hikers. Gear: compass. Companion: Maisy. +5 navigation, +2 charisma, -5 water

I propose a new genre of gaming: First Person Hikers. Gear: compass. Companion: Maisy. +5 navigation, +2 charisma, -5 water


Apr 14
Folding & stapling the second edition of Cryptozoology. On sale again soon!

Folding & stapling the second edition of Cryptozoology. On sale again soon!


Mar 17

Photoshop

Pace: grueling, Rations: meager…

You’ll get to Oregon fast this way, but expect some dysentery, broken bones, and dead oxen along the way. My goal playing this during indoor recess as a kid was to complete the trail in as little time as possible while maximizing the number of shot animals. May or may not make another piece in a similar style that illustrates the hunting mini-game.

For the Bits & Bytes- The Art of the Video Game at Studio ZaPow next month.


Feb 16
Pixel art for an illustration paying homage to the Oregon Trail. It will be a mix of a real-ink landscape with digital color and pixel characters.
This was tons of fun. Hope to make it a series of 2 or 3.

Pixel art for an illustration paying homage to the Oregon Trail. It will be a mix of a real-ink landscape with digital color and pixel characters.

This was tons of fun. Hope to make it a series of 2 or 3.


Feb 8

Finishing up with real ink (since it’s not digital, does that make it analog?) with a piece of watercolor paper over a printout of the digital sketch and a lightbox.

My first attempt at drawing with pen & ink (olde school, dipping a nib into an ink bottle). While difficult, it’s all a part of a new inking process I’m working on. The ink wash was frustrating too, but I was finally successful when I just kept it simple and felt comfortable painting right over my lines without fear of making an error.

I went through a lot of paper on this one, but overall I’m pleased with the result and look forward to doing more minimal sketches like this.


Jan 28

Leshy

Snow day sketch day! 1cm of snow has shut down Asheville, so I’m moving ahead quicker on my next piece, which is also developing my new style/process.

Step 1: In my sketchbook, I take notes, practice the figure, and lay out the composition.

Step 2: I begin working toward a more refined sketch with tablet & Photoshop. I prefer the ability to infinitely adjust my work that this medium provides. I use a simple round brush at 33% opacity, which allows for a more corrective line stroke.

Step 3: Still using the tablet, I refine the sketch further. Since this process requires venturing into new techniques, I wanted to make a digital image that mimics how the final ink drawing will look. 

Next: I’ll ink over a printout of this sketch using india ink, micron pens, and a lightbox.


Jan 25

Tarsiers

Ink on 5x7” canvas.

For Creepy Cute Group Show @ Studio ZaPow.

I had some small canvas laying around, so I decided to make a series of 3 small ink paintings on them. I’m working out a new style that will combine ink wash, my usual line style, and digital color. I do like having my illustrations on a tiny wrapped-canvas, but I’ll stick to paper going forward.


Jan 14
Tarsiers. Using charcoal to transfer some digital sketches onto 5x7 canvas. To be painted with india ink. Lots of fun drawing these whacky critters.

Tarsiers. Using charcoal to transfer some digital sketches onto 5x7 canvas. To be painted with india ink. Lots of fun drawing these whacky critters.


Jan 4
Happy 2014! Lots going on this year!
I’m setting some big goals for myself, including continuing to settle into my art classroom, creating some new original content, developing a new style, and getting a second printing (already!) of my Coloring Book.
Most significantly, Lindsey & I are getting married in June. This is a logo I designed that represents the theme of our wedding and will be included on the invitations, favors, etc. 

Happy 2014! Lots going on this year!

I’m setting some big goals for myself, including continuing to settle into my art classroom, creating some new original content, developing a new style, and getting a second printing (already!) of my Coloring Book.

Most significantly, Lindsey & I are getting married in June. This is a logo I designed that represents the theme of our wedding and will be included on the invitations, favors, etc. 


Dec 19
"The fox gets the bunny, the farmer gets the fox" Kindergarten.

"The fox gets the bunny, the farmer gets the fox" Kindergarten.


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