An interview with pen and ink artist Jason Limberg

Thanks Jason aka @jasonlimberg for taking part in our black and white illustrators’ interview series!

How long have you been drawing?

I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. All through school my focus was more on doodling in my sketchbook then any class work. I feel lucky to always have had people around me to encourage this urge to create and allow for my growth as an artist.

What’s your process?

Good question! I typically start a drawing with one or two ideas, like say an owl with a lantern. I don’t like to make a lot of preliminary sketches as I have a tendency to lose interest, it feels toorehearsed. With a visual in my mind, I jump right in and allow the piece as a whole to develop organically. This way I stay engaged with the drawing, not knowing where it will lead. I like the mystery. I usually have 3-5 drawings going at once, that way each one can help influence another.

Digital vs traditional?

Traditional all the way. I love the feeling of materials in my hand and embracing the inevitable mistakes that happen with pen. There is something special about being able to see the artist’s marks directly on a piece of paper.

How long does it take to create it?

Quick sketches can take a few hours, while involved pieces take 2-3 weeks.

Is it a hobby or your career?

I’m incredibly lucky to draw as my career.

Why do you draw?

I draw because I love too. Once I get pen to paper, I lose myself and hours fly by. I find it a very meditative experience. The reason I focus on animals (besides fur being so fun to draw) is because I want others to cherish these awesome creatures of the wild. I create stories around animals to capture their beauty and essence in the hope viewers will find a deeper connection to nature. I believe we protect the things we love and I want people to love animals.

What inspires you?

I’m incredibly fortunate to live in a stunning place, the Upper Peninsula of MI. Everyday I can immerse myself in the wilderness. These experiences shape my ideas and give life to the awe, love and passion I have for wildlife and nature. I also have two adventure sidekicks that inspire me, my wife Kelly aka @kellylimbergjewelry who is an incredible artist / metal smith and my beautiful husky Luna.

What is the proudest moment that you have achieved?

This isn’t so much one moment, but more like an accumulation of life. Like so many people, I struggle with depression and self defeating thoughts / behaviors. I’m most proud that I have come to a place where I can cope with these emotions better and find contentment.

What is the biggest obstacle that you have faced?

Becoming a full time artist. This definitely isn’t the easiest way to make a living but has become the only way I want to live my life.

You have one day to live, how do you spend it?

Easiest question yet, ha. I would want to be with my wife and dog, hiking in the woods, a thermos and backpack full of coffee and chocolate.

How can people get in contact with you?

Feel free to contact me with design work or commissions ideas that seem magical.I love working with those who feel a strong connection to my drawings.

My website / shop – www.jasonlimberg.com

Instagram – www.instagram.com/jasonlimberg/

Facebook – www.facebook.com/jasonlimbergart/

Jason, his wife Kelly, their husky Luna and the Upper Peninsula of MI.

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