John Gaertner “Scribblepunk”

62Even after 20 years of working professionally in the creative industry as an illustrator, designer, and 3D modeler, I still feel uncomfortable describing myself as, or being labeled as, an “artist”. I think a large part of what keeps me interested in improving my craft and reaching my full potential is the understanding that there is always room for improvement. It’s comforting to know that I always have the potential to do better work. That being said, I have had plenty of friends and mentors who filled my head with the confidence to believe that I had the skills to make a career out of what I love. I am very lucky and grateful to have had the opportunity to make this dream my reality.

Discovering my “style” has been an endless journey – one from which I am constantly distracted. The landscape is always changing with newly discovered artists, influences and experiences.  At a young age, I was mostly interested in becoming a comic book artist.   Even though I spent the past 12 years working mainly as a 3D modeler in the game industry for companies like EA Sports, and THQ, I still consider Illustration to be my main passion.

Some of the artists I look to now for inspiration include James Jean, Adam Hughes, and Jamie Hewlit.

I have the good fortune of living across the river from Manhattan so I have access to some great galleries and street art that continue to inspire me as well.  I always carry a sketchpad and I fill up my smart phone hard drive with plenty of reference photos everywhere I go.  A lot of the work I do is part of an ongoing experiment to mix different styles together in an attempt to create something new. Sometimes I even use a mixture of music, moods and drawing tools to affect the outcome of my art.  I have yet to find an art style I feel comfortable with but I enjoy the search more than anything. - Scribblepunk

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