jerry lofaro [jerrylofaro]
What is your specialty in illustration?
Realistic and surreal images that are colorful and conceptual.
What are your regular clients like? What do they expect from you?
Mostly wonderful, and expect the moon...which I usually attempt to give.
Is there a web address where we can see some of your work?
Have you completed formal art studies, or are you self-taught?
Mostly self taught...only lasted 3 semesters in art college.
How did you get your first full assignment? What did it involve?
Showed my portfolio in an agency at the right time with the right work. It was a toy packaging job called Terrifier Amphibians...lizards on 6 wheels!
What past or present day illustrators do you admire most?
Frank Frazetta, Roger Dean, John Gurche, Mark Fredrickson, Tim O'Brien
How similar are your current drawings to those you did as a child?
Full circle...now I get paid to illustrate dinosaurs and animals!
What was your favorite comic book as a child?
Archie, Richie Rich...how embarrassing!
Do you have a particular style, or does it vary a lot?
Strong, graphic realism...no matter how much i try to loosen up.
What is hardest to draw?
Everything...which is why I prefer working on a computer now.
What type of music do you listen to while you work?
Progressive Rock - Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, Genesis, Steve Vai, The Flower Kings, etc.
Do you have a favorite work of art?
What do you do when a client simply says "I don't like it"?
"You talkin ta me?"
(Of course, I fix it)
What new techniques have you been experimenting with lately?
Mostly stuff in the kitchen
What part of your work do you do on paper and what part digitally?
What research do you do for your illustrations?
A lot, and mostly online.
Do you have colleagues with whom you share techniques, tricks, ideas, etc.?
Mark Fredrickson and I share our discoveries.
Do you have any specific goals as an illustrator?
To continue being my best, and chip away at my huge idea file.
What illustration web sites do you frequent?
Rarely any, especially after working and researching on the computer for so many hours a day.
What are you working on now?
Creating all the art for the website of a major food company.
What advice do you have for someone who likes to draw and would like to make a living from it?
If you enjoy it, do it...just work very hard, and find a mentor.
Henniker, NH USA