MEET THE ARTIST

Jeff Haynie

Introducing Jeff Haynie, featured artist from the Fantasy Cats Special issue…

Jeff is a 30 year veteran of the art industry working in both traditional and digital media. His passion for creating art led him to a career in art and illustration in which his artwork has been used for advertisements, book covers, magazine covers, computer games, etc. Jeff's art has been published by major corporations such as Disney, Pixar, Warner Brothers, DreamWorks SKG, EA Games, Blizzard/Activision, THQ Games, Smithsonian, American Airlines, Texas Instruments, Pepsi-cola, Frito-lay, Bic pens, IBM, and Mead.

How long have you been illustrating and what made you start?
I’ve been illustrating for 36 years. I started at a very early age drawing and always knew that I wanted to illustrate. Fantasy art was an early inspiration that made me want to draw and paint.

Where do you get your inspiration?
My 5 furry children (cats) give me a lot of ideas and inspiration. Their daily interaction gives me many ideas for paintings.

Where is your favourite place to illustrate?
My recliner chair is one of my favour places to create drawings. I usually have several cats on me which makes it very difficult. The cats don’t care.

What are your illustrating/colouring material essentials?
My favourite tool is a mechanical pencil with HB lead. I draw on a fine Bristol board.

What’s the piece of work that you’re most proud of or enjoyed doing the most?
My steampunk cat series is my very favourite. I love to design all the contraptions and inventions.

Artist's tip

1. Allow yourself to make mistakes and enjoy the process of learning. Perfectionism can choke the creative life out of you if you let it. Don’t let it. 2. Colour what you love or what interest you. 3. Don’t judge your work too harsh but rather allow yourself to improve each drawing. 4. Take lots of naps. 5. Put colours together that you like. This will help you develop your sense of colour.

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