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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Good Ol' Fast Food!

Here's a sneak peek of a couple prints (cropped). I’ll be selling them at SuperToyCon in Las Vegas, August 5th-7th. Table G5.
Website: SuperToyCon.com

Art by Layron DeJarnette (www.facebook.com/LayronDeJarnetteArtist

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Ask The Artist: What does one have to do in order to get a professional "Art Gig"?

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-does-one-have-do-order-get-professional-art-gig-dejarnette

Here's an art industry question someone asked me on a Facebook page, that I'd like to share here:

"I have a friend that is an extremely talented artist like yourself. What does one have to do in order to get in on a gig like you have?"

My Answer:
In order to get professional "art gigs", one has to:

1. Have Talent - Possessing a true artistic gift that surpasses mediocrity

2. Have a website that showcases your talent - Your art should speak for itself. Whatever you say you can do should reflect in your portfolio. Being job specific in your art can help.

3. Be Professional & Disciplined - This is an industry and a business with deadlines, not a hobby.

4. Be a Hustler - Creating a website, Facebook page, blog, sending out art samples, emails, resumes, staying up to get the job done, managing priorities, etc...

5. Be a Networker - Network through social media, conventions, art shows, etc...

6. Be Realistic - Count the cost and figure out your path. Ask yourself questions: Am I passionate about this path? Do I have what it takes? Am I truly talented? Do I need to take art, computer or business classes? Can I realistically meet my goal? What changes do I have to make to achieve my goal? etc...

7. Prepare for "high and low" work periods - Sometimes the job flow can be a 'rollercoaster ride' with high periods of work and periods when work is slow, so you have to prepare your finances & time to accommodate it.

8. Know how to deal with FEAR - Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of the unknown, fear of taking a risk, fear of going against the grain, fear of being a trailblazer, fear of a client, fear of self, etc... Learn how to master and overcome fear. Fear can be a roadblock, preventing you from reaching your goals. Dealing with fear is an ongoing process with each level of success.  (I am dealing with my insecurities everyday!)
Here's a quote from professional animation artist Ashby Mason on fear, "In some ways, fear can be your guide. If you are afraid of trying something, that means you care. Listen to that inner voice. Maybe it's what you really want to do. So listen to your fear but don't be overcome by it."

**BONUS**- I have a saying that I've been using a lot lately,
"People want PROGRESS but not PROCESS!"
That's why I think most folks don't achieve their goals.

***Lots of great advice from industry professionals in the comment section of my original Facebook post here: https://www.facebook.com/layron.dejarnette/posts/10153789675756238
 If anyone has something to add, please post in the comments below.

*Layron DeJarnette is a Director, Art Director, Character Designer, Animator & Illustrator in the entertainment industry. Renownedly known artist for Garbage Pail Kids, Marvel, DC, Disney, WB & Mattel. Follow him here: https://www.facebook.com/LayronDeJarnetteArtist

Friday, July 15, 2016

My GPK business trading card!

Here's my business trading card that I'll be giving out at SuperToyCon & GPK-CON in Las Vegas, Aug 5th-7th. Please stop by table G5 to get one!
For more info go to www.SuperToyCon.com

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

30 Years of Garbage​ Documentary

Just finish watching the 30 Years of Garbage​ documentary! Great job cast & crew! 󾮗🏽󾮗🏽 I'm really happy that I was able to be a part of this film! Thanks Jeff Zapata​, Joe Simko​, June Gonzales​, Sean Tiedeman​, Aaron J. Booton​ and the rest of the crew!  You can order the film here: http://www.30yearsofgarbage.com/#!pre-order-dvd/s8cjd

Monday, July 4, 2016

My Faux GPK Self Portrait Card and Custom Sketch Card Backs!

I made a faux self portrait GPK card and a custom sketch card back graphic.  Hope you like!

Here's a custom sketch card back graphic


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Barbie Motion Comics!

Here are some motion comics I co-directed and art directed on for Mattel through Six Point Harness.  Each season of the motion comics had a different theme from Superheroes to Rockstar Band to Puppy Adventures.  There are many more episodes on Barbie's you tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCadtap8RYMNy8w4K9lXhzpQ

My Cartoon Cameo on The Ricky Gervais Show!

Flashback - That time I drew myself and the (season 2) character design team as hunters on The Ricky Gervais Show. (I stick out like a sore thumb with that orange vest!)

(Character designs by Layron DeJarnette - www.Facebook.com/LayronDeJarnetteArtist)