When coloring books and picture books caught the eye of young Jacqueline Adelmeyer, she knew art and illustration would be at the forefront of her future. As the founder of her own illustration business, Playful Galavant, Jacqueline takes inspiration from a host of acclaimed animators and illustrators. We’re excited to feature Jacqueline as November’s artist of the month. Welcome, Jacqueline!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: What got you interested in illustration and CG art?

I’ve always loved storytelling, character development, and art since I was a kid. I was always coloring in coloring books and looking at picture books. After studying illustration and getting a solid foundation on traditional art, I went on to study digital media and fell into the career path of being a digital artist for film and game companies. In my free time, when I’m not working on a company project, I usually develop my own stories and card illustrations. I love animals, which is evident in most of my art. 

 

Do you have an online portfolio or a blog where we can view your work?

Yes, I have multiple sources where you can view my art. I have a Facebook art page, which I use as a blog, and I update it frequently with new art. I also have a 2D website, ArtOfJacqueline.com, which doesn’t get updated as much as it should. And my 3D/CG art can can be viewed at JacquelineAdelmeyer.com.

I also have a children's book, Mila and the Magic Unicorn, in the Apple store. You can download a free sample for a peek! 

 

Do you have a favorite artist? If so, what draws you to that person’s work?

I have a lot of favorite artists! I really enjoy the art of Eyvind Earle and the work he created for Disney. I also like Aaron Blaise's art. He designs really terrific characters and was also an animator at Disney. Pascal Campion creates beautiful illustrations, I love his sense of color and lighting, and the stories that his illustrations tell at first glance.

 

Where do you gather inspiration for your art?

I gather inspiration from other art, especially for color palette and lighting. I really like making animals into characters. When I get an idea for a painting, it’s usually pretty random. For example, I’ll be out on a hike and see a cute critter and want to make it into a character. I put all my ideas on a list of paintings to do, and then when I have time, I pick one. I make it a goal to create a card for every holiday.

 

What, in your opinion, is the hardest step in creating your cards?

The hardest thing about creating cards is finding the time. Sometimes it’s hard to get started, but once I get into the groove it’s hard to get out and I don't want to stop!

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