Freelance Illustrator // Fine Artist // Adventurer // (I do not accept tattoo-design commissions.) //

December 15, 2010


I've been doing these quick 5"x7" portraits just to practice with oils.


(300$) via La Luz de Jesus Gallery

December 6, 2010

Forgotten Creatures + Interview!

The amazing concept artist Cecil Kim is curating another show at the Liliya China Bistro! "Forgotten Creatures" will open this Saturday, December 11 from 6:00pm - 11:00pm. I will have a piece in the show as will a number of my very very talented friends. Come eat some delicious food, see some amazing artwork, and meet some wonderful people!

Liliya China Bistro
108 W 2nd Street 102
Los Angeles, CA

Here are some teasers of my piece: "Feral."


This piece has sentimental value for me as I made it to commemorate my sister's bravery during a recent loss.

Lastly, here is a link to the interview I did for the lovely and talented Kat Cameron:

JAW Cooper Interview

Included in the interview is this photo of my workspace... with annotations...

I hope you enjoy it!

OH! One last thing; Gallery 1988 SF is closing this month and are having a sale of a lot of the artwork in their possession including a number of my pieces from the Paper Pushers show last year. If you're looking for an original on a budget, this is a great opportunity!

Here is the link: G1988SF: JAW Cooper

I also have one piece still available at Gallery Nucleus: GNucleus: JAW Cooper

And a couple left at La Luz: La Luz: JAW Cooper

Christmas presents for your beloved Auntie Grumble and Uncle Badbreath perhaps?

November 27, 2010


Spent Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara with my wonderful family and visited the SB Natural History Museum with my great friend and fellow artist Kristen Moore (check out her work!) They had an AMAZING new bird exhibition.

Quick sketches of my parents relaxing while the turkey cooked...

Lastly, a speedy gouache and ink painting of Joseph Gatt from a life-painting workshop.

I hope you all had a lovely and delicious Thanksgiving!

November 15, 2010

Wildlife Waystation!

Excitement! Yesterday I went to the Wildlife Waystation (an animal sanctuary closed to the public) with my old instructor from college (Gary Geraths), his animal drawing class, and a bunch of cohorts. Needless to say it was a day-long sketchgasm.

We started the day off with a pride of lions...

After lunch we moved to the "arena" to gawk at this beautiful young tiger prancing about. He was blind in one eye from the malnutrition he suffered before he was rescued by the Waystation. I'll scan the drawing I did of his blind eye soon... I just faked in two normal eyes in most of the drawings.

Lastly, I took a break from the tiger to draw this chirping cougar and a wayward peacock.

A giant "thank you" to Gary Geraths for setting this up and allowing me to tag along, and to the wonderful volunteers at the Waystation for allowing us to visit and for watching our backs while we drew the beasties.

Here is a link to some of my other animal drawings, many of which I did in Gary's class when I was a student: Animal Drawings

Here are some cohorts who also went and will surely be posting their wonderful drawings soon: Gary Geraths, Jessica Dalva, Zachary Schoenbaum, David Ra, Allison Reimold, Alexandra Dunham, John Sweeney, Mason Trager.... uhhh, and I'll add others as I think of them!

November 12, 2010

NHM for the WIN

I went to the LA Natural History Museum for a couple hours today with Allison Reimold and David Ra. It was lovely to draw, but there were so many noisy children. I must find out which day of the week has the least number of school groups...

This beautiful statue was in the foyer of the amazing new wing of the museum:

I can't wait to go back!

October 28, 2010

Botox Banshee

In this weeks LA Weekly in the "LA Life" section!

"Botox Banshee"

Photos of the painting:

Sketch and drawing:


First batch of thumbnails, not based on Los Angeles:

And once again, a giant thank you to art directors Jason Jones and Darrick Rainey!

October 15, 2010

His Father's Eyes

I have a piece in the "Horrorwood" show at the WWA Gallery in Culver City which opens TONIGHT from 7pm-10pm. I'll be showing alongside some incredible artists, including Danielle Buerli, Julian Callos, Jessica LL Dalva, Nigel Sanders, Zachary Schoenbaum, Sarah "Sae" Soh, and Bryce Takara... just to name a very very few!

Here is my contribution, based off the film "Rosemary's Baby":

"His Father's Eyes"
Ink, gouache and graphite on Stonehenge
10 x 8 inches (framed 13 x 11 inches)

September 28, 2010

Rosemary's Finished

I think I'm finished with this piece, I might go back and put in more graphite details or do a background wash if I don't like how the white looks in the frame.

Here is the progression from drawing to finished painting:

And here are the paints/tools I used... in case someone out there is wondering:

The Winsor & Newton Series 7 #5 brush is expensive, but I do almost ALL of my gouache painting with it because it is so well made and has such a fine, natural tip. Definitely more than worth every penny.

This piece will be on display and for sale at the upcoming Horrorwood show at the WWA Gallery in Culver City, which opens October 15th. See you there!

September 27, 2010

Rosemary's Progress

The transferred drawing. (graphite on Stonehenge paper, mounted on museum board)

The first washes of ink. (Dr. Ph Martin's "Black Star" waterproof ink; matte)

Finished with the ink tones:

I might lay in some more tones with graphite... undecided... either way I'm going to start laying in the color today!

September 19, 2010

Rosemary's Baby

I will have a piece in the upcoming "Horrorwood" show at the WWA Gallery opening October 15th. I chose to do a painting inspired by the classic horror film "Rosemary's Baby." The first time I saw this film I hated it but I came to love it in subsequent viewings and I wanted to capture the creepyness of a Rosemary's blind love for her child.

Here was the initial sketch of Rosemary and her "baby."


I wanted to fill in the space around her in an oval with satan... here was the separate sketch:

Here is a comp of the two sketches put together. I think I'll fade the devil away into feathers or something since the legs read funny when partially obscured. I'm planning on calling this painting "His Father's Eyes.":

Photos from my desk:

Other random sketches from my desk; I particularly like the fighter pilot rabbit-girl: