About

Hi, I’m Jay French…

Well, not really.  That’s just my company name. I began signing my artwork Jay French when I was about 12.  Mostly because no one could pronounce my real name, which is of cajun French origin.  My first professional work was at age 12, producing a logo for a friend of the family, who used it for the next 15 years.  At 16, I began designing tourist buttons for a local souvenir shop and a logo and banner for a bowling tournament.  It all went from there.

My strengths include: fantasy art, illustration, graphic design, caricatures, & portraits of people and pets.

I’ve dabbled in about every form of the arts: writing fiction, writing and playing music, singing, dancing, acting, fashion design, costuming, interior decorating, party decoration, make-up, sculpture, stained glass, etc…

So here I am, with over 20 years under my belt in freelance art, over 12 years as a staff designer, over 250 companies I’ve produced professional art for, reaching all the way to Australia and back, and countless private clients.  I created, wrote, illustrated and self-published a graphic novel.  I have how-to draw videos on youTube. And now I’ve arrived at the place it all directed, as a full-time freelance artist.

2 responses to “About

  1. Hello Jay,
    I watched your video on YouTube from Expert Village on how to draw an elephant. By the way, your a great artist!
    My question on that video is, what kind of mechanical pencil were you using?
    Thank you so much in advance.

    Yiani

    • Yiani-
      Thanks for your interest and your kind words! As for my pencil, I always just use a mechanical (or “automatic”) pencil with 0.5mm HB lead (standard), and I usually look for a “super eraser” (which is basically just a twist-out long eraser). The one I use in the videos, and still use, is a Pentel SideFX.
      I hope that helps!
      Thanks again!
      -JayF

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