Hi! I’m Odd Jacobson. I began life in California and moved to my family farm in Kansas when I was 14. I am the second youngest of twelve kids; nine older brothers and two sisters.
I’ve loved drawing since I was small. My brother Jack, also an artist, noticed I would look at trees and hold up a finger, close one eye, and trace their outline in the air so I could draw it when I got home. I was five when he stated to our Mom that I would be an artist.
Most of my family are artists. There were always unfinished art projects or expensive pens strewn over my siblings’ rooms. My brother Wallace would give me failed line art to color in – I don’t think I ever owned a coloring book.
I became interested in watercolor illustrations because of Beatrix Potter. I told my mother, and she got me a beautiful watercolor kit for Christmas when I was 8. I began teaching myself how to watercolor through books and online videos.
When I was 12, I learned about the Golden Age of illustration, and I began inking my art. I dabbled in comics (because of Bill Waterson), but I had so many stories in my head I wanted to paint that my art naturally began drifting towards illustration.
I experiment with gouache and digital art, but I still favor the transparency and textures you can get with watercolors. I like that with a splatter of paint and a sprinkle of salt you have flowers.
I use Schmincke Horadam watercolors for my main palette, and I have multiple colors from Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton. The palette I use for sketching, or small and fun illustrations, is a Mijello Mission Gold set.
I ink with sepia ink and a dip pen – I like the variety of line width you can get with a nib more than pens.
I’ll usually start with an under painting of brown and build up the values that way (I love using Schmincke Horadam Transparent Umber for that) and then put my colors on top. I love how neutrals make a saturated color pop so much more.
The brown under painting also unifies my colors wonderfully, allowing me to jump in and not have to worry too much about color choices, or figuring out tonal values since I already did it! It’s a load off my mind, since I’m very poor at planning out my art.
I’m inspired by fairy tales and stories; the strong image of a scene or a character sends me straight to my drawing table.
I love writing, and most of my art is scenes and characters from my stories.
An art piece will usually start with an image in my head of a character on an adventure, and the image will get stronger and more detailed, until finally, I have to put them in a painting.
There are many artists who inspire my art…
I love Edmund Dulac’s colors, his storytelling, and his meticulous attention to detail.
I love the intensity and drama of Caravaggio’s work, his powerful use of light and shadow.
But I will always blame Beatrix Potter the most for inspiring me to try watercolor.Recommended5 recommendationsPublished in
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