PB Interviews: Jake Morrison Art
If you enjoy the animation of cartoon sitcoms such as Adventure Time and Rick and Morty, you'll find yourself intensely amused with the art of Jake Morrison. Pleasant and colorful, Jake's art will evoke a desire for adventure within the viewers. His pictures are full of characters with eyes brimming with excitement, whose bright costumes and lanky limbs exude a sense of child-like-ness that appeals to viewers of all ages. Scroll down for the interview, where we question the man behind the art, and find the impetus for these charming characters.
Who are you, and what do you do in your spare time? Hello, my name is Jake Morrison. I’m just a guy who draws on the regular, and really enjoys it. However, when I’m not drawing, you can find me at the cheapest local ramen bar, or sitting on my butt watching animated movies and cartoons in my apartment.
When did you first start drawing? During one of my mother’s first ultrasounds, they noticed something peculiar. They saw what appeared to be the world's smallest pencil and sketchbook in my tiny fetus hands. All kidding aside, I’ve been drawing most my life, but didn’t really get serious about it until my Junior year of high school.
Has your creative curiosities changed since you first started drawing? If yes, how so? Of course they have! I’d like to believe every artist evolves in what makes them curious, exploring new subjects and such. I used to be really into drawing gore in elementary and middle school. Then I went through an anime phase (the doctors said it was completely natural). And now, I’m mostly curious about comedy and making people smile (in both innocent and twisted ways).
Can you name some non-artistic influences? I’m big time influenced by my parents and my family. They raised me really well, and taught me some pretty crucial life lessons about discipline and hard work. So, it’s because of them I have the work ethic and the drive that I have now. Also memes, they’re pretty influential too.
What's something people are surprised to find out about you? On top of being an illustration/ animation artist, I’m also a certified tattoo artist. I spent my freshman year of college practicing on myself and my friends, and got pretty good at it. However, I stopped due to time restraints. But hey, now I’ve got like 27 free tattoos, so that’s pretty neat.
If you can pick your favorite drawing out of all the ones you drew, which one would it be? My favorite drawing so far is the young boy carrying his little brother up the stairs. Every time I look at it, I’m reminded of how much I love my little brother. And even though we used to fight a lot as kids, I still love that little scamp.
Name some of your favorite artists and/or musicians. Oh man, this is the question I feared. I have a list of about a hundred artists that I keep up with. I guess some of my favorite visual artists are Moebius, Hayao Miyazaki, Sachin Teng and Sam Bosma (to name a few). My favorite musicians right now are Reggie Watts, Queen, and Steel Panther.
Lastly, what would you like your audience to experience when they see your art? In general, I would hope people would at least smile when they see my art, but ultimately, it’s not up to me. Feel free to experience whatever you want when you see my art. I ain’t your mom, I can’t tell you what to do.
If you would like to see more of Jake's art, be sure to check out the following: