Jamie Hawkes

Name: Jamie

From: Newton Aycliffe, County Durham but I'm originally from London.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artby_gentlemanjim

When did you first start drawing I don’t know exactly when but I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawing. I’ve always had a pencil in my hand and have been drawing since I was a little child, that grew into a passion. Ever since wherever I go I always have a sketch pad with me.

What made you start? I think from watching cartoons and reading the comics as a kid, like the simpsons, ninja turtles and biker mice from mars, and comics from marvel and 2000ad. I think the endless possibilities with cartoons and comics inspired me to let my own imagination run wild.

Are you a full-time artist or is this a hobby that you love to do? I’m a full time tattoo artist and spend most evenings drawing for myself wether it’s a full piece of art or just some doodles.

What inspires your art? As a child it was the Simpson’s and Stan lee (marvel writer) I originally wanted to be a cartoonist/comic artist and I still get to do that just on people’s skin now which is great. Nowadays my inspiration comes from eveywhere, other tattoo artists (jime litwalk), comics, cartoons, my travels and different cultures.

Can you show us the piece of work you’re most proud of and tell us why? I have a three for equal reasons. 1st is I got to tattoo a portrait of Stan Lee (marvel writer/creator) he was such an inspiration to me as he was to many, he inspired me to let my imagination run wild. Being able to tattoo my idol was a great experience and hopefully I’ll get to do many more.

Secondly was a tattoo. It was one of the 1st times a client came to me and gave me a vague idea (space octopus) and asked me to run wild with it in my style. It’s an amazing feeling of being able to put my artwork on someone permanently which given been lucky enough to have done many times over my career.

For the 3rd it’s a piece of my own marker artwork (below) I could have picked a picture from years ago or many from a million sketched or drawing I’ve done. But this was a recent quick fire marker sketch in a comic book style of Stan Lee. I always wanted to draw Stan Lee so i decided what better way than in style comic book style he was so famous for.

What’s your top tip for marker art? My biggest tip is never be afraid to make mistakes. In the words of the great Bob Ross they are just happy little accidents. To me every mistake leads to a great design or piece of art. Also I always have a scrap sheet of paper to test my colours on before i apply them to the piece I’m working on.

What is your favourite Spectrum Noir product? Hard question as the range gets better all the time. Probably the graphic and illustrator markers as they are what I use daily. They are always super consistent and the colours are always perfect and with the marker pad the colour blending is super smooth. Also the nibs hold and distribute the colour smoothly every time.

Which Spectember theme/prompt have you chosen and why? I’m going to try and do as many as I can over the month. The ones that stick out to me are the cartoon promt (as that will take me back to my roots) and the bold colour promt as I’ve always loved using as bright and as bold colours as possible. It’s going to be a fun month.