On A Giveaway: A MrJayMyers Week

October 15, 2016By jayart, Blog, children's books, Encouragement, inking, stories, children's tales, comics, children's books,

Hey Everyone,

I’m excited to do a giveaway this week (more on that below). I thank each of you for joining me here on my blog, as I grow as an artist and hope to help you grow too. One of the biggest “helps” I have to offer is my own learning through failure.

Failure as a man, as an artist, and every other area—is where I have had the chance to grow most. It’s the same for all of us. These are the places in life where we are finally humble enough to learn. I’ve had more than a few of those opportunities.

If we listen closely we’ll hear it all around us: leaders telling us how their lowest points were the best thing that ever happened to them. It’s a reality. It’s one we can all experience, and we need to because we all have something to offer.

“Everyone is an expert at something. The problem is that we are unaware of it—or take it for granted. The key is to discover it and step into it. What is your expertise? You aren’t doing the world any favors by minimizing your expertise or trying to deny it.           -Michael Hyatt

I’m not only surprised and honored to have you follow along with my journey here or my other social media outlets, I think of it as a privilege to get to share out of my own failures and successes. Those are the kind of people I learn most from and care to follow myself.

No one is perfect and we’re only hurting ourselves and others when we put them on pedestals, because it’s not true. The truth is we’re all in a process, learning and gaining inspiration from others can sharpen and strengthen us unequivocally.

Steven Bentley asked me the other day “where I get some of my inspiration from”. This is a question I’d like to revisit regularly. Thank you, Steven. Today, I’d like to honor my friend Jake Parker. Especially because he’s just recently released a new book, Little Bot and Sparrow, that my kids have been loving. (See more below.)

I first stumbled onto Jake’s work in 2010. That was the year I decided to return to illustration (after an almost ten year hiatus)—in order to tell my own tales. In my stumbling, I discovered Inktober and a whole host of awesomeness through Instagram. I became inspired.

I was most inspired by Jake’s ability to seemingly draw anything. So, I followed him and have since—studying his use of figure, composition, and so much more.

I don’t recall when or where I first saw the story of Little Bot and Sparrow. It may have been in Antler Boy it may have been in one of Jake’s Drawings books. No matter where it was, I was instantly captivated by the story.

Jake has done what he does best and drawn this tale with warmth and technical skills that will pique your imagination and inspire you to try your own hand at stories—oh and your kids will love it too. :)

Little Bot and Sparrow
By Jake Parker

The Giveaway

Win a copy of Jake’s book (unsigned) as well as an original fan art of Little Bot and Sparrow (by me) that will be shipped out with the book simply by being a subscriber to my blog. Not subscribed yet? Hurry! :) Winner will be announced in the next post.

 

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All current email subscribers are entered already. Huge thanks for being here and thanks sharing my posts on your networks or with other artists that you know/think might be interested in the posts and subjects here!

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And as always—keep creating.

Jay

Jay Myers: Curtesy of Raynna Myers

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On Finding Light: A MrJayMyers Week in Review

October 3, 2016By jayart, Blog

Hello All,

Welcome to a new week. I hope you had a great weekend.

I hit a struggle last week: been a bit creatively blocked. Over the years, I have learned to deal with this in various ways: sketch anatomy, search Instagramers’ art I like the best and just sketch their composition (often, this leads to new ideas), rest (because sometimes, a block is just a result  of exhaustion), work on a story I have no intention of doing anything with, scribble on a page and find something in the mess, etc.

Last week, I sketched compositions and doodled till I found something. It paid off, as one thing I noodled in my sketchbook blew up my Instagram feed. I’ve never had anything like it in likes or comments. Thanks to all of you who helped make that happen.

Today, I have a new video because adventurousarchie has asked “Where do you find your light?”. Thanks for asking Archana!

Here’s what I hope happens with these blog and video posts: I want to encourage you.
I know it is hard to push through the struggles we encounter as we try to step up to the next level as artists.

I didn’t go to art school. I could use this “fact” as an excuse and tell myself that and any other number of things disqualify myself. There’s a choice we all have to make every time we pick up our drawing tools. I hope this post/video gets you one more step closer to that choice getting easier to make.

 

This week’s art:

 

 

Mentioned in the Video:

I commend to you: Griz and Norm’s 100 Tuesday Tips not only because it’s awesome, but most of all due to it being a consistent resource that I go to foremost out of all the resources I have, and I have a lot.


It deals with principles and not just exact specifications. Check it out.

Thanks for all your support! Have a great week and keep creating.

Jay

Jay Myers: Curtesy of Raynna Myers

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Cherry Faeries Shortly af

November 1, 2015By jayBlog


Cherry Faeries Shortly after the war of 1611, when the peasants were freed from their landowners clutches, the economy took a nosedive—since the landowners no longer had the man power to cultivate and harvest the land. One man, Duke Ian McDugal, discovered that the faeries loved to gather cherries and they only needed one a day. One would feed a family of ten. Being the shrewd businessman and Duke that he was he struck a deal with the Faers and they have ever since worked the lands. Even now giant corporations like Del Monte exclusively use faeries. They say they use machinery, but those machines are never turned on. It is cherry faeries that do all the work. Next time you're eating a cherry remember the tiny workers who bring you such delights. # # Well, has ended. And while I wasn't technically doing it, I did produce about 24 ink drawings that I was happy with and several more that never saw the light of day. It was so cool seeing everyone's inks. Big thanks to @jakeparker for this grandober occasion. To all those I followed through you were amazing. To all who followed me through thanks for your comments and likes. #
Cherry Faeries Shortly after the war of 1611, when the peasants were freed from their landowners clutches, the economy took a nosedive—since the landowners no longer had the man power to cultivate and harvest the land. One man, Duke Ian McDugal, discovered that the faeries loved to gather cherries and they only needed one a day. One would feed a family of ten. Being the shrewd businessman and Duke that he was he struck a deal with the Faers and they have ever since worked the lands. Even now giant corporations like Del Monte exclusively use faeries. They say they use machinery, but those machines are never turned on. It is cherry faeries that do all the work. Next time you’re eating a cherry remember the tiny workers who bring you such delights. # # Well, #inktober has ended. And while I wasn’t technically doing it, I did produce about 24 ink drawings that I was happy with and several more that never saw the light of day. It was so cool seeing everyone’s inks. Big thanks to @jakeparker for this grandober occasion. To all those I followed through #inktober you were amazing. To all who followed me through thanks for your comments and likes. # #kuretakeinktober #Kuretake #inktober #usa #drawordie #drawventure #drawdaily #kidlitart #comics #childrensillustration #childrensbook #comic #children #allage #scbwi #childrenstory #artist #artistofinstagram #artistoninstagram #art #mrjaymyers #pentel #pentelsecrets #modmypentel #storytelling #readaloudrevival #readaloud

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One time in his life, Tom

October 30, 2015By jayBlog


One time in his life, Tomy wanted to be a cowboy, so he became one. Nov 16th the story begins. (Link in profile) sign up to be alerted. Drawn using @kuretakezig_usa @staedtlermars # #
One time in his life, Tomy wanted to be a cowboy, so he became one. Nov 16th the story begins. (Link in profile) sign up to be alerted. #western #fairytale #forkids #stories Drawn using @kuretakezig_usa @staedtlermars # # #kuretakeinktober #Kuretake #inktober #usa #drawordie #drawventure #drawdaily #kidlitart #comics #childrensillustration #childrensbook #comic #children #allage #scbwi #childrenstory #artist #artistofinstagram #artistoninstagram #art #mrjaymyers #readaloudrevival #readaloud #storytelling #moleskine

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Nov 16th at tomynjon.com

October 29, 2015By jayBlog


Nov 16th at tomynjon.com the adventures begin. So, Jon and the big guy here took a break to say, "hi!" I'm still working on the website, but you can signup to be alerted when it goes live. @staedtlermars
Nov 16th at tomynjon.com the adventures begin. So, Jon and the big guy here took a break to say, “hi!” I’m still working on the website, but you can signup to be alerted when it goes live. #makingcomics #comics #mrjaymyers #western #fairytale #inktober #inktober2go @staedtlermars #bigfoot #boy #art #drawdaily #drawordie #drawventure

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Running free Queen Elf Ma

October 28, 2015By jayBlog


Running free Queen Elf Maiden. # Truly thankful to all of you for your encouragement, double taps, and continued following. # http://rndm.us/jms # # Drawn using @kuretakezig_usa @pentelofamerica @staedtlermars # #
Running free Queen Elf Maiden. # Truly thankful to all of you for your encouragement, double taps, and continued following. # http://rndm.us/jms # # Drawn using @kuretakezig_usa @pentelofamerica @staedtlermars # # #kuretakeinktober #Kuretake #inktober #usa #drawordie #drawventure #drawdaily #kidtlitart #comics #artist #artistofinstagram #artistoninstagram #art #mrjaymyers #pentel #pentelsecrets #modmypentel

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A before bedtime drawing

October 28, 2015By jayBlog


A before bedtime drawing last night. http://rndm.us/jms # # Drawn using @kuretakezig_usa @pentelofamerica @staedtlermars # #
A before bedtime drawing last night. #inktober #inktober2go http://rndm.us/jms # # Drawn using @kuretakezig_usa @pentelofamerica @staedtlermars # # #kuretakeinktober #Kuretake #inktober #usa #drawordie #drawventure #drawdaily #kidtlitart #comics #artist #artistofinstagram #artistoninstagram #art #mrjaymyers #pentel #pentelsecrets #modmypentel

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Tomy and Jon intro cover

October 25, 2015By jayBlog


Tomy and Jon intro cover http://rndm.us/jms # # Drawn using @pentelofamerica @staedtlermars @copicmarker @wacom # #
Tomy and Jon intro cover #western #fairytale http://rndm.us/jms # # Drawn using @pentelofamerica @staedtlermars @copicmarker @wacom #wacomtablet #cintiq # # #kuretakeinktober #Kuretake #inktober #usa #drawordie #drawventure #drawdaily #kidtlitart #comics #artist #artistofinstagram #artistoninstagram #art #mrjaymyers #pentel #pentelsecrets #modmypentel #webcomic #webcomics

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Christine stopped in her

October 24, 2015By jayBlog


Christine stopped in her tracks. She'd never seen snow doves before. They were supposed to be extinct, yet here was a pair. (From a tale I am telling my children.) Various originals are available. Don't see something you want, contact me. http://rndm.us/jms # # Drawn using @kuretakezig_usa @pentelofamerica @staedtlermars @winsornewton # #
#inktober Christine stopped in her tracks. She’d never seen snow doves before. They were supposed to be extinct, yet here was a pair. (From a tale I am telling my children.) Various originals are available. Don’t see something you want, contact me. http://rndm.us/jms # # Drawn using @kuretakezig_usa @pentelofamerica @staedtlermars @winsornewton # # #kuretakeinktober #Kuretake #inktober #usa #drawordie #drawventure #drawdaily #kidtlitart #comics #artist #artistofinstagram #artistoninstagram #art #mrjaymyers #pentel #pentelsecrets #modmypentel

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Sometimes it feels like I

October 24, 2015By jayBlog


Sometimes it feels like I will better at drawing females when pigs fly (self sufficiently). Originals available: http://rndm.us/jms (don't see something? Ask.) # # Drawn using @kuretakezig_usa @pentelofamerica @staedtlermars @winsornewton # #
#inktober Sometimes it feels like I will better at drawing females when pigs fly (self sufficiently). Originals available: http://rndm.us/jms (don’t see something? Ask.) # # Drawn using @kuretakezig_usa @pentelofamerica @staedtlermars @winsornewton #drphmartins # # #kuretakeinktober #Kuretake #inktober #usa #drawordie #drawventure #drawdaily #kidtlitart #comics #artist #artistofinstagram #artistoninstagram #art #mrjaymyers #pentel #pentelsecrets #modmypentel

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