Brooklyn-based, Jackie Ferrentino tells stories using a cast of confident, energetic characters. Their solid frames take bounding strides across the page and fill it with thick, weighty lines and swathes of large shapes.
As Jackie talks about below, drawing is at the core of every image that she makes.
While she also mixes in a varied range of interesting media, and plays with strong colours, it’s her characters and skill with a pen and tablet that bring everything to life.
I’m a freelance illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. My main focus is editorial illustration, but I’m open to all kinds of projects and I love taking on new challenges.
Like a lot of illustrators, I enjoy using traditional and digital materials to make my work. While I love making fully traditional pieces, the possibilities that result from combining different medias are endless.
In terms of specific materials, I swear by Pilot pens, Acryla gouache, Photoshop and my Wacom.
As for my process, my illustrations almost always begin as drawings. Even if a piece is going to be mostly painted, it’s useful for me to reference a drawn composition.
After the drawing is completed, I create any other traditional components in gouache. Sometimes I repaint the entire scene or I just focus on a few parts. Once I have all the traditional components of the illustration, I scan it into Photoshop where I finalize everything digitally.
I usually work on a couple different projects at once. I find that if I’m stuck on something in one illustration, I can find a solution to it quickly after spending a little bit of time on another project.
© Jackie Ferrentino, 2016