My name’s Jim Zubkavich (most people just call me ‘Zub’). I’m a Project Manager for UDON Entertainment (the gang behind the Street Fighter comic, amongst other things). The crew at Blog@Newsarama have invited me to throw in my two cents on art, animation, comics and whatever else comes to mind.
Over the past five years I’ve been lucky enough to work with a pile of great artists on all kinds of material for comics, video games, RPGs, magazines, toys and other illustration or design projects. At the same time I’ve been teaching in the Animation department at Seneca College in Toronto, Canada. Both sides of my career have been a blast so far and I can’t wait to see what the new year will bring.
In 2009 I’m going to introduce you to a host of artists, some you probably know from their published work and, ideally, a bunch you’ve never seen before. With so much fantastic artwork out there on the web, there is a ton of inspiration to be found. If I can point you towards some hidden gems or direct your attention to a popular artist you may not have known had their own gallery online, it’ll all be worthwhile. I’m going to throw the net really wide to showcase a mix of popular and obscure artists alike.
Beyond that, time allowing, I want to talk about breaking in to the industry, building a portfolio, art tutorials and talk to pros about the artists who inspired them when they were young.
This roller coaster ride will begin on January 1st.
If you have suggestions/feedback, feel free to post below.