Jake is an illustrator based in Utah, United States. For the last 15 years, he has worked on everything from animated films to comics to picture books. He has lived in six states, working at the best studios with the most amazing and talented people in the country. Now he freelances out of his home studio.

Jake has worked on movies like Epic, Rio, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. He has worked for Blue Sky Studios, Google, Marvel, Disney Animation, Warner Brothers Animation, Psyop, Hubris Studios, Nexus Productions and Nick Magazine.

Jake is the creator of the #inktober challenge, happening every October. It’s all about doing one ink drawing a day for the entire month. Since 2009 it has attracted the interest of millions of artists and followers.

Jake is a passionate teacher. He left the animation industry in 2010 to pursue personal projects and to teach. He says ” … Teaching helped me to organize all of the art knowledge I had gained over the previous 11 years in my professional career and distil it down to core principles and techniques. I now pass this information on through an online art school called The Society of Visual Storytelling (SVS). The classes are an affordable supplement to art school.”

Jake is also an expert on social media, and he shared his wisdom @CTN Expo 2016 in the session called ‘How to get your First 10k Followers’.

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Key Takeaways

“Finished, not perfect. It’s more important to finish things at the cost of perfection … the more things you finish, the closer you get to perfection some day!”

  • “There is always work for an artist … if you are willing to do the work. Even if it’s not something you really want to do, you will always learn something from it!” It served him ever since he worked for the Museum of Natural History in Arizona
  • Jake’s brand/mission is threefold: 1. Provide for his family to have stable lifestyle 2. Create something that matters to the world – inspiration, entertainment 3. Help people to be able to do those 2 things
  • Jake always looked at people who were far better than him, so he could learn from them and get help from them and help them with their stuff
  • Jake’s fondest memories are of having a safe place to be creative and explore and do things that directly don’t relate to the profession and making money, but just being creative, explore and try things out. He still does it to this day, exploring, being open to different opportunities
  • Jake would advise to his younger self. Really embrace hard work! He is a lazy person and he is fighting laziness. He was able to overcome that in last 10years … go work hard and go learn about things – anything is accessible to you only if you are willing to put down the work

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