FEATURED ARTIST: Interview with Australia Artist, Jordan Lewerissa

Jordan Lewerissa

Illustrator | 38 | Brisbane, Australia

@jordanlewerissa | GumRoad
We are honored to have, Jordan Lewerissa, as our Featured Artist, he is an incredibly talented illustrator that creates some really nice, clean, very sharp drawings for us all to enjoy. Make sure to head over to his wall to scope the rest of his work, and while your there make sure to hit that follow button to support a fellow artist!

How long have you been an artist? What is your specialty? Where do u find inspiration?
I’ve been drawing off and on since I was a kid, but after a long break, I started getting serious about it again in early 2013. My specialty is ink drawings with digital colour, and I find inspiration by observing my environments and the objects surrounding me in everyday life. I love stories set in forests with monsters, robots, and references to ancient knowledge or secret societies.

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Do you have a job in the art industry? If So, what’s one thing you don’t like about it? If no, where would your dream job be?
My main job currently isn’t in the art industry—I’m a business writer and editor by day, to pay the bills. I’d love to work in the art industry full time, especially in editorial illustration, video games, and book illustration.

Do you have a favorite Artist?
I have too many favourite artists! I love James Jean’s drawing style, Hayao Miyazaki’s visual storytelling, and Arthur Rackham’s colour sensibility.

What is one accomplishment you’ve had in your life? Does not need to be art related.
My biggest accomplishment is having a healthy and spirited almost-four-year-old boy with my beautiful partner.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
In five years, I’d love to be working as an artist full time. In 20 years time, I hope to be living in northern Japan or somewhere with a similar climate, drawing and writing stories all day.

If you could meet and talk to any person in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
I’d love to meet Osamu Tezuka and get some insight into the mind that produced works that influenced me so much growing up.

How is one way you make money with your art?
I do commissioned work when I can, mainly for music album covers at this stage. I also sell my designs through sites like Redbubble.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
I’ve been to Japan four times, but there’s still so much to see and discover. I could spend the rest of my life there and still barely scratch the surface.

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What is your favorite brand of art supply? Whether it’s a brand of pencils or brand of camera or software
For analogue work, I love Col-Erase pencils, Pentel brushpens, and Copic multiliners. For digital colouring, I pair up my Wacom Cintiq with Clip Studio Paint.

Any advice for young artists?
Never be content with your work—always strive to improve what you do well now, and always look for opportunities to learn new skills. Make time to create something every day, and keep growing by regularly reflecting on your successes and failures.

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