Hey kiddies! Lola here. It's been awhile. Missed you.
I recently stumbled upon a book of art that I really enjoyed and wanted to share with all the geeks and fellow art lovers out there.
It's a book of art by an up and coming artist, Jason Pruett, called Face Book. It's not about the popular networking site, but it's literally a book on faces. Most are hand drawn, but he also used other mediums to create the different faces.
All are very unique, some public figures are re-created, some are a little more abstract, some aren't human. One really cool and unique thing that Jason adds to the drawings is a signature to each of the corresponding faces, sort of like what the actual individual would sign himself.
I recently had a chance to sit down with Jason and ask him some questions:
Lola: How long did it take you to finish the book?
Jason: It's a compilation that I've accumulated over the past three years.
L: What mediums did you use to create the faces?
JP: The faces in this book were mostly a combination of traditional and digital tools. Usually I would start with pencil or pen on paper and finish the piece in Photoshop. A couple pieces were painted in oil, some were drawn with marker, some were created in Adobe Illustrator, and some were created entirely in Photoshop.
L: Which of the drawings is your favorite?
JP: probably the Skull (Roger). His expression always cracks me up when I see it! He was one of the last figures I drew.
L: Yeah he is a pretty funny looking guy. What was your inspiration for creating this book?
JP: I wanted to create something unique, that's never been done before. A sketchbook or art book that stood out and was different. I'd never seen a book of just faces with different expressions compiled together.
L: Where did you go to school?
JP: I studied Product Design at BYU, and after did an internship designing fishing reels I decided that didn't care about the tolerances and thickness of plastic and metal - and I just wanted to draw people and make people smile with my art.
so I went back to school and got a Master of Fine Art (MFA) in Illustration from the Academy of Art in San Francisco.
L: What inspired you to become an artist?
JP: Comic books. Graphic novels. I thought originally that I was going to be an animator and got 12 frames into it and thought, this isn't for me.
L: Any recent films or books that you thought were pretty cool?
JP: I enjoyed the art direction in Burton's Alice in Wonderland. I love the art of Carlos Haunte.
L: Yeah, the backgrounds were awesome in the movie. What did you think of the trailer for Scott Pilgrim v. the World?
JP: My first thought was, This is that comic book my sister reads! It was a super ridiculous and pretty awesome trailer.
L: If you weren't an artist, what line of work would you have pursued?
JP: probably stick with something in the artistic side: play music, I play guitar and sing, or make films.
L: that's rad! You have anything else you're working on now?
JP: I'm just doing some freelance work, I have a movie pitch in comic book form, storyboard sort of thing.
L: Hey thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with me!
JP: no problem! my pleasure!
If you want to check out more of Jason's art, get his book! It's really neat. He got me a signed copy and drew a little something in it too! He has a children's book that he published in January of 2009 and now, in March of 2010, he published this book of faces.