Who do you get when you combine a scientific illustrator with a self proclaimed nerd? This week's featured artist Jenny Parks. Yes, there is actually a career in Science Illustration. According to the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and their authors, a science Illustrator, "uses scientifically informed observation, combined with technical and aesthetic skills to accurately portray a subject." Ok, so that's pretty cool, but what do Jenny Parks and Dr. Who have in common? I know you are all biting at the bit to find this out. Read on to find out...
Cats have always been a big part of my life, and I definitely got my love of cats from my mom. I think it was only natural then for me to start drawing cats from a young age. I first started drawing cats dressed up as my favorite television characters (namely Doctor Who) when I was a teenager, which happened mostly because I felt more comfortable drawing animals than I did drawing people. After I finished art school, I thought it would be fun to revisit those Doctor Who cats (or Doctor Mew as I called it) but this time, as more realistic cats now that I had a little more skill under my belt. From there, I started drawing more of my favorite characters from shows and movies as cats, as I found that people really resonated with the images and thought they were funny and cute. I really enjoy it, so I plan to keep it up, I guess until someone tells me to stop.
I mostly work digitally, with Paint Tool SAI and Photoshop.
Probably since I was able to hold a crayon. I remember wanting to become an artist from an early age, and by the time I was graduating from High School I was pretty much set on going into art school.
I have grown up with cats, but I currently have two. My girl cat is named Mab and she is all black and about 7 years old. I have had her since she was found as a stray kitten. Mamoko is my boy cat, and he is about 11 years old and a big, black and white tuxedo. I have actually only recently adopted him, as he was a previous roommate’s cat and I took him when she could no longer care for him.
It’s actually very hard for me to pick a favorite, and I don’t know if this is true with many other artists. It’s a little like trying to pick a favorite child, though I can see the flaws and strengths in all of them. Often times I lean a bit toward the most recently done piece, if only because I can see how far I’ve progressed and my recent work (to me) often looks better than my older work.
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Jenny also attends various Comic Cons- She will be at Tulsa Comic Con Oct 23-Oct 25, 2015.