Jamar Logan

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San Francisco, California

How did you get your start in Graphic Art?

I got my start in graphic art way back in 1994.  I took multi-media courses in college where I was introduced to Photoshop and Illustrator.

How would you describe your artistic style?

My style is similar to animation cell art.

Where do you draw artistic inspiration?

I draw inspiration from other artists and current events.  When other artists create dope artwork, it motivates me to create even doper artwork.  Also, I like to illustrate my opinions about current events and issues concerning black people.

What are some notable projects you have worked on?

I've worked on a Filipino animation called The Nutshack which ran for two seasons on a Filipino channel called MYX.  I was the Chief Storyboard Artist on it and got a chance to do a lot of cool storyboard artwork.  I also got to work with some very talented people, most notably Jesse Hernandez, who was the Art Director and a very talented artist.  I learned a lot from him.

What has been the most memorable response to your work?

I've had two memorable responses to my artwork.  After Donald Trump had been elected President of the United States, it inspired me to create an image based on the official Star Wars - The Force Awakens poster.  I drew my version and called it "Trump Wars - The Racist Awakens."  This work of art caused a few arguments on several blogs. The second memorable response and largest of any artwork I've done were inspired by the movie "Get Out," which was directed by Jordan Peele.  The image depicted Kanye West being sent to the sunken place.  The image was shared from my Facebook account over 31,000 times.  With the help of Chocolate City Comics, who tweeted it to Peele's Twitter page, the image went viral.

What risks or sacrifices have you made in pursuit of your craft?

The only sacrifice I've made in pursuit of my craft has been sleeping.  Sometimes I'm up late into the early morning drawing.

Who is your favorite artist?

My favorite artist has been and still is Joe Madureira.  I've always appreciated his fusion of the Disney-style with Japanese anime that gave birth to a very stylized high-impact visual treat often imitated -never duplicated.

What’s next for Jamar?

I'm currently working on newer episodes of an animation series by Injunuity as a background artist.  Injunuity is a collection of interviews with Native Americans brought to life through animated shorts about contemporary Native American life.  Newer episodes of this series will be aired on the PBS network.  Other projects I'm working on are William Satterwhite's stealth graphic novel that is written by Robert Jeffery. Also, I will be releasing my comics sometime in the near future.

What quote or motto do you live your life by?

"Things are not as they appear to be."  

For more information on Jamar, please follow at @artofjamarlogan on Instagram