Jess loves illustrating stories that help make the world a better place! Fun, movement, bright colors, and laughter are a huge part of her everyday life.
She started her career at 17 and is self-taught. Illustration is a big passion and Jess is always discovering and learning new ways to create.
|"Animal tales - a personal illustration for fun."|
Jess lives just outside of Vancouver, Canada and in spare moments can be found on her yoga mat, long-boarding, traveling to distant lands, and laughing with friends.
|Jessika von Innerebner|
What part of Canada are you from Jessika?
Kelowna, BC, Canada
|"Out in the Wild"|
A personal series where I’d take photos out in the wild and illustrate characters into the scene. A great way to get outside!
What inspired you to start drawing?
My mom taught us kids to be creative at such a young age, I carried that with me always. That and reading Garfield, why does he hate Mondays so much? I figured if I could draw him just right I’d find out why.
An illustration of me as a kid drawing everywhere
Hmmmm…expressive painted kids illustration. Everyone has such a unique style and way of creating it can be hard to put styles into one box.
|"Alice - one fairytale in a series of 31 I illustrated for the month of October."|
|"Bear Bath - an illustration only using words starting with ‘B’. Working with limitations can bring the neatest results."|
|"Skate Friends - one of a few pieces created to bring awareness to what the organization Skateistan is doing. They’re amazing check em out here: https://www.skateistan.org"|
Can you share a piece of art work or script segment that no one has seen before?
Sure! This is one of three pieces going in a local gallery show this month.
Have you ever been involved in an animation project?
Why yes, I’ve been involved mostly with animation for web with Disney Online Studios Canada and Atomic Cartoons. I worked with a project based team, from animatic to final in Flash. My experience ranges from storyboards, character design, creating comps of characters to animation. It was a wonderful experience but I’ve found my heart is in illustration.
What is one project that you are proud to have been involved in?
One project that stands out and I was able to create from the ground up was with a start up company called Mathtoons. We were creating engaging apps to teach really tough math concepts, it was fun and I was actually learning math! Plus, it felt good to create something that was helping people.
What project are you working on now?
As of now I’m working on a brand new project illustrating inspiring stories with non-profit organizations. I’m super pumped and love illustrating amazing, life changing stories that will inspire others.
|"Sharing - a piece from a story pitch created to work with non-profit organizations"|
Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators/artists?
Cale Atkinson, Alexia Tryfon, Genevieve FT, Kim Smith to name a few, I follow so many AMAZING artists from all over the world. Every time I open twitter or instagram I’m blown away at the imagination of others!
What is one of your favourite art books?
As a kid, I loved "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" and "Where the Wilds Things Are". As an adult, I have to add "Wild" by Emily Hughes, the story and illustrations are just perfection!
Who is an up-and-coming Canadian artist that everyone should check out?
Yes, my husband Cale Atkinson. He has written and illustrated a beautiful book coming out this May called "To The Sea"! He has such a wonderful imagination and is so creative with his delivery through story and illustration.
(Click here to check out Cale's Atkinson "Artist of the Day" profile)
Are you involved with any art organizations in Canada?
I’ve started a local drawing group called Art Brew, it’s a wonderful community and has now been passed on to other hosts. Two years later and it’s still going!
In addition, I work with the Kelowna Art Gallery to host a yearly gallery show around fun topics. In the past we’ve covered Retro Video games and Saturday Morning Cartoons. This year, the show opens in a few weeks with the Super Hero/Super Villain theme.
To see more work from Jessika, check out the links below
Main Website: http://kartoonkid.com