I suppose it only makes sense that I hold a soft spot in my heart for artists and illustrators, being born off the page and pen myself!
But tell me darlings – isn’t just the most wonderful, magical thing ever when someone can take a dream and make it come alive through brushstrokes and pencil on what was once just a little ‘ol blank piece of paper?
Well my dears, let’s sit down and have a nice chat with one of my absolute favorites in the realm of illustration and art, the fabulous Jess Rotter.
Miss Rotter has become the reigning queen of rocknroll portraiture with the sweetest, most whimsical line of must-have T-shirts – ever – Rotter and Friends.
But that’s not all! She also draw animals with attitude, fluffy clouds with sharp teeth, lost desert landscapes and just about anything else that makes it’s way from her pretty head onto the page!
Q: When did you first realize you wanted to make art/illustration a part of your career/life?
A: Art/Illustration has been in my life since the beginning. My parents instilled imagination hard at a very early age and I always felt that making art was personally the best way of expressing balance between the gnarly and the beautiful.
Q: What were some of your favorite comics/cartoons growing up?
A: Archie comics definitely helped raise me. I collected hundreds of them and as an only child, the Riverdale gang felt like my cool escape crew! They even had a story where there was a villain called “The Rotter”! I also love old Betty Boop comics, Flash Gordon, Conan The Barbarian, Spy Vs. Spy, and Josie and The Pussycats. Besides that-life was all about the Muppet show-oh wait, it still IS.
Q: What is your favorite thing to draw?
A: One of my favorite things to draw is stream of consciousness random items. I put on a song and draw random things floating in white space anywhere from a bagel to a couple kissing, to a plant. I do this a lot on airplanes-its a really fun exercise that sometimes serves as a visual diary of items on my mind from the past couple of days. Landscapes are also really relaxing to draw.