We have reached the final ScreenHub Entertainment Artist of the Month for 2019. To celebrate the end of a decade we wanted to bring you something a little different. Our next artist is inspired by comics, movies, historical/current events, and his own extremely creative mind. We are happy to introduce you to our artist of the month for December, JWMCasavant.
JWMCasavant describes himself as “specializing in inky blackness”. This is certainly an apt description, both because his chosen medium leans heavily toward black and white sketches and because his subject matter tends to skew a bit darker and more intense as well. In our interview, we touched on his favorite artists, preferred medium, and what motivates him to create.
Tell us a little about yourself
My name is JWMCasavant. I am an artist from suburban New England, now outside Boston. I am in my 30’s and I do not have a degree in art though I do have one (for what it’s worth).
What inspired you to start creating this kind of art?
I was an anxious kid who turned into an anxious adult. Comics and movies got me started, I wasn’t always happy as a kid so it was good that I had those to escape to. The momentum needed to go somewhere, thankfully I got into drawing early on and saved me from getting into trouble.
You’ve posted some drawings on some pretty unique media. Why use something like a scrap of paper or a tea bag to draw on?
For the record, they’re the tea bag wrappers. Drawing is compulsory. Often there’s little difference between “just a sketch” and a finished piece. If it feels right it exists. Often times, I’m not at a place where I have the “right” materials, so I make due with what I have and use the medium the best I can. I am very spontaneous when I draw, often if there’s a delay or an interruption before I can get the bones of the piece out, then it’s likely to either be abandoned or not look very good if it’s finished.
Do you prefer digital drawing or pen and paper?
Practical over digital. I think there’s a fiscal barrier to getting into digital, it’s a significant investment to get the materials to make attempting digital worth while. That being said, some make it work with a $300 wacom and bootleg Photoshop on beat up macbook, I just was never one of those people. I found it more frustrating than anything. These days I only really use digital for small fixes.
Where do you see your work going in the future?
Maybe a little more of an audience, but if it goes beyond that I wouldn’t be unhappy about it.
Do you have a favorite hero (comics or other)?
Swamp Thing, Spider-man, Wolverine, and John Constantine.
Do you have a favorite villain (comics or other)?
I tend to enjoy villains who have a duality to them: like Two-Face and the Lizard.
Do you have a favorite character to draw?
Swamp Thing because he can be drawn differently each time. I always picture that he’s actively always rebuilding himself.
Who’s your favorite comic publisher/ writer/ artist
Publishers shouldn’t really matter much; lately I’ve been buying more Marvel, but it’s been DC before, I’m also always on the lookout for good non-big two books. Lately, my favorite writers at the moment are Leah Williams, Saladin Ahmed, and Tom King. Artists are all over the place, Mike Del Mundo is beautiful chaos, but I also like Andrea Sorrentino realistic flats and Jen Bartel’s colorfully disciplined style. Though all time? Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz (Mark Bagley also holds a special place in my heart).
Can you tell us a little about your artistic process? What inspires your art?
Compulsion and anxiety is where my art comes from. I have so much excess energy that it needs to go somewhere, I’ve always used art as that outlet.
Do you have any projects you are currently working on, or would like to get started?
I have a few comics projects planned, but nothing started yet. Mostly horror stories, we shall see if they ever see the light of day.
Do you take donations or do commissioned pieces? If so how do people contact you?
Be sure to follow us on social media for more of JWMcasavant’s unique artwork all this month! Find us on ScreenHub Entertainment’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. You can find the artist himself on his Twitter @JWMCArtist and his Instagram @JWMcasavant.