Today we’d like to introduce you to Jonathan Fitzgibbons.
Jonathan, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Living in the suburbs as a kid, I found drawing as an escape for me. I could go anywhere I wanted to, and all I had to do was put my pencil onto the paper. If I’m being honest with myself though, about 99% of my drawings as a kid involved dinosaurs in some way.
In fact, up until I was in junior high, I wanted to become a paleontologist. When I was 5 I imagined myself out on dinosaur digs in our backyard; I saw an old, twisted fragment of root as a dinosaur claw. Your average pointed stone was a predator tooth in my eyes. It also helped that the previous owner of the house was an avid rock/fossil collector, because there would always be interesting shells I could find in the pile of rocks behind the shed.
Yet I’ve also had a passion for video games during my childhood, and when I was 13 I realized I wanted to pursue game design as a career. I went to an art college and got my Bachelor’s degree in game art and design. I’ve been grateful of the artistic opportunities I have found myself in this past year.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
After I graduated from the Art Institute of Phoenix, I’ve been delving in freelance 3D art for a media company called Miller Creative Media. For the past year, creating art assets for them has been a blast and I’ve learned a lot of important lessons regarding production pipelines and how to better my art for a fast-paced work environment. In addition, I’ve gotten the chance to illustrate a children’s book; it’s activated a different part of my artist’s mind and it has been a great opportunity to push myself in drawing/painting digitally. No matter what my artwork is, I hope it has a positive effect on those who get to experience the projects I’m lucky and thankful to be a part of.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
Achieving success and being a successful artist can be similar to one another or completely different, depending on your view. In my opinion, both go hand in hand. To be successful in life and as an artist, you must always be willing to learn. By learning from your mistakes, seeking to expand your mind and talents, and listening to different people’s perspectives you can open the doors to so many opportunities. The people you’ll meet and the life lessons you’ll acquire are priceless. Keep them close to you, and let these things make you stronger and better.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can see some of my work on my portfolio website:
I’ve been busy with some other projects that I’ll be updating the site with relatively soon. I’m applying techniques that I’ve learned in the industry so I can better reflect these lessons in my artwork.
- Website: http://jfitzgibbonsart.wixsite.com/portfolio
- Email: email@example.com
Sci-fi environment based off of in-game screenshots from Creative Assembly’s “Alien Isolation”.
Photo of Jonathan by Emily Miller, Millart4You