JP Rooney is a designer and illustrator from USA currently working at Gentleman Scholar. His work is part of the MoMA permanent film archive and he has received several awards such as Cannes and Art Directors Club.

(All artists have to answer the same 10 questions.)

1. First and Last Name
JP Rooney

2. Where are you from? And where are you currently living?
Originally from a town near Salt lake City, Utah. Currently living in Brooklyn, NY.

3. What’s your main influences?
Lots of things sway my influences these days. I tend to pick up on details in a piece, for instance, the line-weight in a 2D illustration or the lighting in a concept painting.
From those little pieces in my memory bank, I can start to pull from those sources of inspiration and incorporate into my work.

I tend to pick up on details in a piece, for instance, the line-weight in a 2D illustration…

4. How was your path until this moment? How did you start?
I essentially lied my way into a job by saying “yeah….I totally know 3D.” In order to maintain that lie… and my job, I stayed up until 3 am every night learning the tasks I had to do for the next day at the office. I do NOT recommend this strategy, but after 2 years of those crazy late nights, I really learned CG, comping, and experienced every role in the pipeline. From there I got into design because I wanted the time-intensive CG at least look cool. It took a few more years of daily designing to really understand 2D and 3D illustration.

5. Where do you see yourself next?
Continuing to dive deeper into style exploration. I don’t think I’ll ever have latch onto signature “style”, but I’ll definitely be pursuing more CG and 2D outside of client work.

6. Knowing what you know now, what would be your advice for people in the same area?
Yea, 3 quick tips:
Tip 1.Find a way to genuinely love learning, and learn everything you can! Once you know something, no one can take it away and as time passes, the artistic stuff all bleeds together.

Tip 2. Regarding art, having a voice is important. It can be a visual language, themes in your subject matter, or a sense of humor. Doesn’t matter what that hook is, just make it something you like.

Tip 3. Work and personal work are different things. Try to view each separately.

Regarding art, having a voice is important.

7. Is there something you are terrible at :)?
Yeah, loads of terrible! Most stems from social interaction.

8. Tell us 3 things you like

  • Binge watching Ink Master
  • My entire black wardrobe/uniform
  • Luxurious hotels

9. And 3 things you don’t

  • That narc that snitched on me for smoking weed in high school
  • Weed –> it makes me too anxious… now
  • That barking dog down my hallway

10. Last question, what are you listening at the moment (band, specific music or album)
Tokimonsta’s last two albums: Lune Rouge and Fovere

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