Jason Kimble is one of those multi-talented artists who immediately catches your eye. With a range spanning oils, body painting, comics & tattoos there seems to be little that Jason can’t produce. Not only is he working furiously on his own projects, but he’s also collaborating with our own Mike Elrod on some super secret stuff (to be revealed later). Jason was kind enough to break away from his busy schedule of poking people with needles and chat with us about himself and his upcoming projects.
Crafting Comics: Give us a general idea of your artistic background.
Jason Kimble: As far I know I have always been drawing. Creatures, Monsters and Supermen have forever topped that list of favorites. From Universal Movie Monsters to the creations of Bob Kane and Jack Kirby, I have always found inspiration to scrawl out some fantasy and escape the world so hectic. So during those lonely Saturdays of below freezing winds that was my child hood, I drew and wrote and read myself into better days, exciting and wonder-filled.
Crafting Comics: How did you get started and what mediums do you work in?
Jason Kimble: Oil is certainly my favorite and I didn’t get my first piece under me until I was 28: I was attending Black Hills State University. This school was the very place of my grandfather’s birth, right there on the property. Both grandparents graduated there, it’s where I found oil! My use of the digital is due to comic books and my genuine love for the bastards. I do want to compete. The talent pool is just so extraordinary, any tools you possess help your cause.
Crafting Comics: Do you find that tattoos can be as strong of a storytelling medium as comics?
Jason Kimble: I suppose for the individual it’s very strong (tattooing) but the comic medium reaches out to everyone! Any story can be shared with anyone. The world of tattooing is inherently private.
Crafting Comics: Does your work in body art influence your comic art and vice versa?
Jason Kimble: I make money with tattooing and wish I made more with Comics. I suppose I am a painter first!
Crafting Comics: What projects are you working on now? Are there any dream projects you’d love to do?
Jason Kimble: I am working on several Comic Book Projects with Mike Elrod and I am always painting commissions for people, love that Oil! I’m also working on a “How to Draw MMA!” and philosophy book. My dream Project would hands down be Swamp Thing! What a wonderful monster! I would like a very dark tale to be told though! Eh DC -Eh Vertigo?
Comics are true poetry and symbiosis between creators and mediums, There really is nothing like it, Comic books allow us modern fools to have our myths and our Gods, all of us believing silently in the wonder of the truly unknowable. Long live the dream of the Visual Pulp!
All artwork displayed with the artist’s permission. [click the images for a gallery view]