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Meet Eric Jimenez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eric Jimenez.

Eric, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born and raised in Chicago, where I currently reside, and I’ve been drawing since before I could read. Art and fiction have always captured my imagination, and I had an inexplicable compulsion to produce my own version of whatever held my interest. Whether it was dinosaurs, action heroes, or cartoon characters, I was always drawing. My parents were definitely instrumental in cultivating that interest, and some of my earliest memories are of my father assigning various artistic challenges to help keep my interests well-rounded. If he saw I was drawing Spider-Man over and over, he’d challenge me to draw a horse, for example. It didn’t make sense to me other than that my parents were taking an interest in my creativity and so I always did my best to rise to the occasion, even if it was something I didn’t feel like drawing. It was a fantastic lesson in a discipline that I still try to apply to my work today.

I studied traditional illustration and painting, as well as digital illustration, and hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art, which I earned at DePaul University.

I’ve exhibited at Chicago’s C2E2 comic book convention every year since it’s inception and love meeting new people there. Art has, and always will be, a part of who I am, and I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to share my passion with others.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Combating self-criticism has been my greatest artistic struggle, and I’d say that the best strategy against this is to just keep drawing, no matter what.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
My freelance career is primarily composed of private commissions, and I’ve been fortunate enough to work in the field of comic book illustration as well, I’ve provided pencils and inks for BOOM! Studios’ “Warhammer” and self-published my creator-owned project, TEMPORAL. I’ve also provided inking assists on various DC, Bongo, and Soleil books, including “Fables” and “The Simpsons.” Most recently, I provided inks and embellishments on La Borinqueña for New York-based publisher Somos Arte, including a contribution to the DC Comics-backed RICANstruction. La Borinqueña was featured in an exhibit at New York’s Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center., and RICANstruction is a project that I am incredibly honored to be a part of, as all of the profits went to benefit victims of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. This is especially meaningful for me, as I have family on the island.

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
I’m an avid fan of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, as well as a variety of fictional podcast mini-series, and my music playlist is forever on shuffle. I try to switch it up while I’m working so that I don’t get bored.

In terms of materials that have helped shape me as an artist, if I had to point at one source, I’d say Stan Lee and John Buscema’s “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way” is a book that I studied inside and out and still refer back to today.

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